It’s always fun to stumble across official analysis that mirrors your own – even if some of the conclusions differ.
With a hat tip to Kurt Raschke, I came across this document outlining WMATA’s challenges in providing capacity in the core of the system. Most of the white paper focuses on
Continue reading More train doors and wider doors will help WMATA capacity
The things you find when googling for 681,172 – like hex color values.
One perk of living in the only true city-state in the US is getting new census data released as part of the state-level population estimates. Those estimates for 2016 show DC’s population continuing to grow, with the official estimate now standing
Continue reading 681,170 – DC population growth continues, with more to come
There’s no denying the mood swing in the District of Columbia following the election of Donald Trump to the Presidency of the United States. It’s been a somber week on the streets.
It certainly goes beyond the simple fact that Trump won just 4.1% of the city’s vote, or the fact that he represents the
Continue reading DC after Trump
There Goes the Neighborhood is a podcast series from The Nation and WNYC.
It provides a look into the public perception of rezoning East New York. The reporters and producers get the emotional response on tape in a way you can only accomplish on radio, complete with all of the vocal inflections and intonation,
Continue reading There goes the neighborhood
As the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority continues work on Phase 2 of the Metrorail extension to Dulles International Airport and beyond, it’s worth considering some of the transit oriented development opportunities at the airport beyond just the obvious connection for passengers at the terminal.
Airports around the world take advantage of their connectivity in developing
Continue reading TOD at IAD: a concept for developing Saarinen Circle at Dulles International Airport
WMATA map with long station names: “they’re not station names, they’re committee meeting minutes.”
The folks at London Reconnections have a new podcast – On Our Line. The second episode features a long conversation with two experts on transit map design and understanding, Max Roberts and Peter Lloyd.
The discussion hits on several topics
Continue reading Short, clear station names vital to transit system wayfinding
Elevated pedestrian walkway linking Tysons Corner Center with the Metro, bypassing heavily used auto thoroughfares. Future development (replacing the parking garage visible to the left) will add more elevated pedestrian-only connections to the Metro. Photo by Alex Block.
Is there a future for the skyway in American cities? Unlike retrofitting a new layer onto
Continue reading Making multi-level cities work: revisiting the skyway, using it in edge city redevelopment
Denver RTD A-Line map.
Next time you fly into Denver, you’ll be able to hop on a train from the airport to downtown. There’s a lot to celebrate about this new transit line, and much to criticize. There’s plenty of effusive praise for Denver’s transit ambitions without much critical pushback in the popular press.
Continue reading The good and bad of Denver’s new airport transit line
Last Sunday’s Washington Post featured an article covering the ongoing saga between the Big Three US-based network airlines (American, Delta, and United) and the Middle East Three (Emirates, Etihad, and Qatar) airlines over the rules for air travel and the role for government in regulating it, as well as funding it. The intersection of air
Continue reading Aerostates, Geopolitics and the interpretation of regulations
What’s in a name? Recently, a WMATA Board committee voted to add destinations to the Foggy Bottom and Smithsonian stations. The two will soon be “Foggy Bottom-GWU-Kennedy Center” and “Smithsonian-National Mall” stations, respectively. Matt Johnson at Greater Greater Washington has a good read on why these name additions are a bad idea and will add
Continue reading BRAC, but for WMATA station names