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About perkinsms

I'm an engineer and father interested in transit, parking and economics.

Metro discusses hot cars issue

As summer heated up this year, many riders rediscovered an old frustration: Metro cars with malfunctioning air conditioning. On sweltering days, these cars can be even hotter than the outside. After seeing so much angst online from one of Metro’s … Continue reading

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I’ll be on the radio tomorrow with Donald Shoup and DDOT

The Kojo Nnamdi show on WAMU 88.5 FM will be hosting a discussion about variable-rate “performance” parking in the District, featuring Dr. Donald Shoup of UCLA, author of “The High Cost of Free Parking”, and Karina Ricks, Associate Director for … Continue reading

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San Francisco begins performance parking adjustments

San Francisco will soon start adjusting parking meter and off street garage parking prices based on measured demand. On Monday, the city described the method they will use to make the adjustments. On-street metered blocks will have prices vary by … Continue reading

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>Metro service guarantee

> Yesterday, Metro had serious blue and orange line problems in the morning. A power cable downtown failed, requiring an emergency repair and single-tracking, which delayed many riders for over an hour. Some transit systems in the US have a … Continue reading

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>DDOT proposes Barracks Row lot price cut, other performance parking changes

> DDOT has measured occupancy for the Ballpark and Columbia Heights performance parking districts, and is making some changes to meter prices. Some crowded areas are getting parking meter price increases, and some crowded areas are being left the same. … Continue reading

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>New Blog

>Hello, loyal readers. I’ve started a new blog project that’s focused on advocating for unlimited monthly transit passes in the Washington, DC area. The concept is that riders should be able to pick a dollar amount, pay 40 times that … Continue reading

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