• Make buses better in Baltimore, Richmond, and Washington, says a regional business group

      By David Alpert     September 18th, 2018

      Baltimore, Washington, and Richmond should all make their bus service a priority with more lanes, faster boarding, better infromation, and much more. Those are recommendations from the Greater Washington Partnership, a super-regional business-led organization which just released a new issue brief on bus service.

    • DCST issues RFP for a study of autonomous vehicles’ impact on DC

      By David Alpert     August 29th, 2018

      How will autonomous vehicles affect the District of Columbia and the Washington region? The 2019 DC budget funds "a study which evaluates and makes recommendations around the impact of autonomous vehicles (AVs) on the District," which DCST is coordinating in partnership with the District Department of Transportation (DDOT).

    • Let’s bring 20,000 shared bikes to DC

      By David Whitehead     July 30th, 2018

      DC has set a goal that by 2032, 25% of all commutes be walking or biking. Dockless bike and scooter programs can help us get to this goal, but we need to embrace an expansive vision of the system.
       

    • Here’s where bus lanes may one day speed up your ride on 16th Street

      By David Alpert     July 13th, 2018

      Planners from the District Department of Transportation unveiled their design for bus lanes on 16th Street, the next step from a 2016 planning study which recommended a dedicated bus lane in the peak direction during the peak period, as well as a number of other changes to make the 16th Street buses faster and more reliable.

    • To make ride-hailing work for urbanism, here’s what needs to happen

      By David Alpert     June 25th, 2018

      Ride-hailing services like Uber, Lyft, and Via have grown meteorically since launching just a few years ago. Meanwhile, transit ridership nationwide is declining, and some studies posit a direct connection. As a result, many transit supporters have sharply criticized these services. Some fears are warranted, but ride-hailing is also offering people a valuable transportation service.

    • What does 14th Street need for buses, bicyclists, and walkers?

      By David Whitehead     June 18th, 2018

      The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) is taking a closer look at how to improve congestion on 14th Street NW in the area around and south of the Columbia Heights Metro station. Nothing has been proposed yet and the agency and local Advisory Neighborhood Commissions are hosting a community work sessions to discuss solutions on June 23.

    • DC may require ride-hailing companies to share data, but won’t encourage pooling

      By David Alpert     May 15th, 2018

      Cities have required taxis to give logs of their rides to regulators for a long time. New York, Toronto, Chicago, Seattle, and others ask for taxi-like data from ride-hailing companies such as Uber, Lyft, and Via. Now, DC might join them. However, it won't follow through on an earlier proposal to encourage carpooling on these ride-hailing services.

    • To cut down on traffic, DC may encourage sharing Ubers, Lyfts, and Vias

      By David Alpert     May 10th, 2018

      Ride-hailing services like Uber, Lyft, and Via are growing rapidly. They are actually two kinds of service: private cars and shared, with shared cars much better for traffic, sustainability, and roadway efficiency. Now, the DC Council has taken a positive step to encourage sharing, relative to riding alone, in the tax code.

    • DCST and dockless bikeshare operators agree on principles for the future

      By David Alpert     March 20th, 2018

      Five companies now operate dockless bikeshare in DC (and two now offer dockless scooters). You locate a dockless bike with an app, unlock it from your phone, and ride it anywhere (or at least, anywhere allowed). These bikes have brought great benefits to riders... and also some complaints.

    • A letter from DC Council chairman Phil Mendelson and five colleagues could imperil the Metro funding deal

      By David Alpert     March 15th, 2018

      A letter, released yesterday from DC Council chairman Phil Mendelson and five other council members, argues DC shouldn't pay what Virginia expects. That could lead Virginia or Maryland to pull back on their own contributions, leaving Metro with not enough money for needed repairs and upgrades.