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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,

DDOT to Host First Semi-Annual DC Circulator Public Forum

DDOT to Host First Semi-Annual DC Circulator Public Forum

This community notice comes to us from John Lisle:

 

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.

Ode to Capital Bikeshare: A Shining Light in Winter

Ode to Capital Bikeshare: A Shining Light in Winter

Something stirs in the dirty, slushy streets

And my winter-weary eyes alight upon a streaking flash

Fiery, red, fierce—CaBi warms my soul and shines like a springtime star.

 Oh, Capital Bikeshare –you live, you breath,

You guide me like a lamp in the darkest night.

Ultimate fighter, warrior and champion—you complete me.

Here at goDCgo, we don’t just blog—we also write astonishingly bad poetry. But really, there seemed to be no other way to adequately express the magnitude of how awesome it is that Capital Bikeshare remains open during the entire year, winter months included.

Proposed Routes Highlight Report on D.C Streetcar System

Proposed Routes Highlight Report on D.C Streetcar System

This story comes to us from Abby Lane:

 

The Committee of 100 on the Federal City (C100) today released a detailed assessment of the proposed 37-mile streetcar system for Washington, D.C.  The report, “Building a World-Class Streetcar System for a World-Class City,” analyzes the proposed routes and highlights seven recommendations to bring streetcars back to D.C.


Why Does DC Need a Streetcar System?

Why Does DC Need a Streetcar System?

Plans for the DC Streetcar system have been in the works for several years and construction has already begun on the Anacostia line, where service is planned to begin in the fall of 2012. As a newcomer to the DC area, I still ask many questions. Here was my question about the streetcar system: huh? Translated, that means: if DC already has Metrorail, Metrobus, the Circulator and Capital Bikeshare, why do we require another separate transportation system? Why not expand the bus system instead? I was flummoxed.

If you too have ever questioned the logic of re-introducing a streetcar system to our beloved city (yes, DC had streetcars right up until the mid-1960’s), here’s a bit of background.