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DDOT To Present Transit Development Plan for DC Circulator

This story comes to us from John Lisle:

(Washington, D.C.) The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) will host a public meeting on Thursday, March 31 to present a comprehensive Transit Development Plan for the DC Circulator. The plan will help guide the growth of the DC Circulator over the next ten years.

Capital Bikeshare Boasts Near Record Ridership in February

Capital Bikeshare Boasts Near Record Ridership in February

This story comes to us from John Lisle:

 

(Washington, D.C.) Capital Bikeshare has more than survived its first winter, it has thrived thanks in part to strong participation in the regional bikesharing system’s Winter Weather Warrior Contest. 900 annual members participated in the contest, taking nearly 30,000 trips in two months, and Capital Bikeshare posted near ridership totals in the month of February.

"No Kissing" Sign in D.C. Cab

"No Kissing" Sign in D.C. Cab

Check out this photo taken by District resident Jeff Rae in the back of a D.C. taxi...seems to me to be pretty intense restrictions.

Thoughts?

 

Metro Board Chair Promises Big Improvements in Coming Months

Metro Board Chair Promises Big Improvements in Coming Months

Acknowledging that we are now dealing with what she calls a “changed” Metro, new Metro board chair Catherine Hudgins issued a statement recently outlining WMATA’s goals for the near future. Although not a transit professional herself, Hudgins shared her history of a close relationship with public transit since childhood through her last four decades in the District, where she witnessed the building of the very first Metro rails.

Hudgins echoed recent statements made by new CEO Richard Sarles’ regarding how they plan to turn Metro around. Hudgins states,

Bike to Work Day is (Sort Of) Almost Here!

Bike to Work Day is (Sort Of) Almost Here!

Bike to Work Day, the culminating event for Bike to Work Week, is quickly approaching. Well, actually, it’s not until May 20th, but it’s not too soon to start planning! Registration is now open on the Washington Area Bicyclist Association website, which also gives you all the information you need to know to have fun, be safe and win free stuff. Here are some key things to know:

Bike and Pedestrian Infrastructure Projects Create More Jobs—So Why is Funding Out of Whack?

Bike and Pedestrian Infrastructure Projects Create More Jobs—So Why is Funding Out of Whack?

When it comes to our nation’s commitment to investing in transportation infrastructure, Caron Whitaker of America Bikes reports that “12% of all trips are by bike or on foot, yet America spends only about 1% of its transportation budget on bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure.“ Add to that the startling statistic that nearly 14% of all traffic-related fatalities are bicyclists and pedestrians, and you begin to see a picture emerge that something’s kind of screwy in the land of transportation funding.

Should I Have Really Received a Ticket For This? You Tell Me

Should I Have Really Received a Ticket For This?  You Tell Me

So I parked my car in Foggy Bottom today for 20 minutes.  When I returned, I had received a parking ticket for disobeying the sign. 

The sign, which is located at the top of that pole in the photo, says that to the right of it(where everything but the last foot or so of my car is located) is a legal parking spot.  To the left of the poll, though, is a "no parking, entrance" location.

I knew when I took the spot that this might be an issue, but thought that 1) I'd be back in no time and more importantly 2) It was just the butt of my car, and so it wouldn't matter either way.

Well, I was wrong.  The ticket is just for twenty bucks, so not bad, but I still question whether or not this was really necessary.

What do you think?  It's clear that by the literal word of the law this was not "legal", but you'd think that there might be some room for some leniency.