• Bowser’s budget funds fixing “Dave Thomas Circle,” Circulator to Ward 7, bike lane towing, streetcar, and more

      By David Alpert     March 20th, 2019

      DC will extend the Circulator bus to Ward 7, demolish the Wendy's at New York and Florida avenues NE, extend the DC Streetcar to Benning Road, and more under the proposed 2020 budget just released by Mayor Muriel Bowser.

    • The Circulator is now free. Why just the Circulator? It’s complicated.

      By Caitlin Rogger     March 19th, 2019

      Following two months of free rides on DC’s Circulator bus in February and March, Mayor Muriel Bowser announced that Circulator rides will now be free, permanently. But with no routes serving Wards 4, 5, or 7, is making the Circulator free really an equitable move?

    • The K Street Transitway gets $122 million. What’s the K Street Transitway?

      By David Alpert     March 19th, 2019

      DC Mayor Muriel Bowser pledged $122 million to build the K Street Transitway in her State of the District address Monday evening. Residents who haven't been in DC for a decade, and probably 98% of those who have, may have been wondering: What the heck is the K Street Transitway?

    • Bus-only lanes on H and I streets NW could make for a faster downtown commute

      By Caitlin Rogger     March 18th, 2019

      Your bus ride in DC may get quicker this summer, thanks to a proposed downtown bus lane pilot. Buses on H and I Streets past the White House will get dedicated bus lanes during rush hours from early June to late September.

    • With Ubers, Amazon deliveries, taxis, and more, “PUDO zones” rebalance how we use our curbs

      By Caitlin Rogger     March 1st, 2019

      Cities are constantly responding to new technology and residents' evolving needs, and the curb is one place where big changes are happening. As ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft have expanded in the past few years, drivers frequently resort to stopping on the street and in bicycle lanes to pick up and drop off passengers.

    • 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.