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Panelists discuss sustainable commuting at Greater Greater Washington event.

Panelists discuss sustainable commuting at Greater Greater Washington event.

Gordon Chaffin/DC Commute Times

DC Transit Experts Talk About Getting Commuters Out of Cars

Greater Greater Washington convened a panel of transportation stakeholders Thursday, Oct. 11 to discuss the what, why, and how of increasing the sustainability of commuting in DC. Transportation is a major component of the Sustainable DC Plan, first created in 2012 and being updated this year.

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  1. Percentage of DC Commuters Using Transit 2009-17

    Percentage of DC Commuters Using Transit 2009-17

    Analysis by Gordon Chaffin

    WMATA Lost Riders of All Incomes During SafeTrack

    DC residents used transit relatively equally from 2009 to 2015, but almost every income group dropped transit in 2016 during SafeTrack. Ridership got even worse in 2017.

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  2. Proposed Bike Lane (Red) Between the Bike Lanes on Penn Ave NW (Blue) and the Metropolitan Branch Trail (Blue).

    Proposed Bike Lane (Red) Between the Bike Lanes on Penn Ave NW (Blue) and the Metropolitan Branch Trail (Blue).

    Gordon Chaffin

    Holmes Norton Hosts Public Hearing on Capitol Hill Bike Lanes

    The DC Delegate will lead a discussion Oct. 24 about a proposed bike lane along Louisiana Avenue NW on Capitol Hill.

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  3. Pedestrian ramps on Memorial Bridge sidewalk.

    Pedestrian ramps on Memorial Bridge sidewalk.

    Gordon Chaffin/Google Maps

    Memorial Bridge Down to Three Lanes Until 2021

    The Arlington Memorial Bridge is reduced to three car travel lanes and one sidewalk starting today, October 15, 2018. One lane will run each direction, East and Westbound, with a reversible lane to accommodate rush hour traffic. Pedestrians and cyclists who use the sidewalk must use the North sidewalk.

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  4. Get rid of solo motorists, writes the author.

    Get rid of solo motorists, writes the author.

    Veronica Wong

    Letter to the Editor: Get Cars Out of the District

    ​Capitol Hill resident Don Whittaker offers a couple of simple suggestions to fix DC’s congested transit system.

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  5. Dulles Toll Road

    Dulles Toll Road

    Wikipedia Commons

    Dulles Toll Road Rates to Increase on January 1, 2019

    Prices on the Dulles Toll Road will increase in January for the first time since 2014. Another increase will follow in January 2020 if adopted on November 14th during a meeting of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority.

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  6. A Metrorail Breda 3000-Series car on Blue Line route in October 2005.

    A Metrorail Breda 3000-Series car on Blue Line route in October 2005.

    Ben Schumin/Wikipedia Commons

    Metro Will Not Raise Fares or Cut Service in 2019

    WMATA will not propose fare increases or service reductions at a meeting this week of the System’s Board of Directors on the budget beginning July 2019. The subdued response to rider loss from Metro officials telegraphs reduced ambitions for the system, heading toward reduced commuter rail service away from multi-point transportation utility.

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  7. SmarTrip Express Lane faregates at Vienna station.

    SmarTrip Express Lane faregates at Vienna station.

    Ben Schumin/Wikipedia Commons

    DC’s Student Transit Program in Tough Transition and May Not Help At All

    Starting this month, students in DC need a SmarTrip card for free transit. School officials have struggled to acquire enough cards to distribute to students. Moreover, data from the last few years raise doubts about whether the program will decrease truancy.

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  8. Levels of Autonomous Vehicle Operation

    Levels of Autonomous Vehicle Operation

    USDOT

    US DOT Relaxes Rules on Self-Driving Car Research

    USDOT has released the third version of voluntary guidelines (AV 3.0) for the development, testing, and real-life use of automated vehicles. The new document points to reduced DOT oversight and authority on the day-to-day testing and removal of legacy regulations that limit car design to legacy features like mirrors.

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  9. Vehicle Miles Traveled, Annual, 1970-2018

    Vehicle Miles Traveled, Annual, 1970-2018

    Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

    Pedestrian Deaths in Cities Have Surged in 10 Years

    Last week, The National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released new data covering traffic deaths in 2017. City streets are busier and more dangerous than ever before—especially for people using the road on a bike, scooter, or crossing the street.

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  10. Bike Lane in DC

    Bike Lane in DC

    DC Cyclists Offer Crash Tracker Program

    Washington Area Bicyclists Association (WABA) run a Crash Tracker program to help victims and collect better data on underreported bike incidents. They also recommend attorneys.

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  11. Full Shutdown of Memorial Bridge During Columbus Day Weekend

    High water prevented crews from completing work last weekend; this weekend’s shutdown begins at 9 pm Friday (tonight).

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  12. Severe Traffic Congestion at Reagan Airport Beginning Monday, Oct. 8

    Parts of upper-level roadway adjacent to Terminals B and C will be closed for round-the-clock work through mid-November.

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  13. A PRTC OmniRide bus in Arlington, Virginia operating the Lake Ridge express route.

    A PRTC OmniRide bus in Arlington, Virginia operating the Lake Ridge express route.

    Wikipedia Commons

    OmniRide Seeks Public Feedback for Proposed Service Changes

    New Haymarket-Rosslyn express route proposed. Hearings soon and written comments can be submitted to publichearing@omniride.com until 5 pm, Oct. 31.

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  14. Metro Columbus Day Operating Schedule

    Metrorail to operate on a Saturday schedule, while Metrobus will be on a Saturday supplemental schedule.

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