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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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>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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>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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>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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>Two years later, Metro trains keep failing in service

> In September 2008, I concluded that Metro’s reliability was terrible. Using their reported breakdowns and delays in May 2008, Metro appeared less reliable than even the worst line in New York City, breaking down about twice as much. Taking … Continue reading

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>Metro signed Google agreement in July

> Google and Metro signed an agreement on July 22, 2010, to provide the Google Transit service, according to documents obtained via public information request. Metro had previously stated that Google Transit was expected to go live in mid-January 2011, … Continue reading

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>Why basic engineering knowledge is important

> From Gizmag: “We have mile after mile of asphalt pavement around the country, and in the summer it absorbs a great deal of heat, warming the roads up to 140 degrees or more,” said Prof. K. Wayne Lee, leader … Continue reading

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>"Token Suckers", "Strip Cutters", and "Turnstile Jumpers" — Defrauding a transit system

> New York Subway recently announced a fare hike for their unlimited monthly pass, after debating whether to limit the pass to only 90 rides in a month. What’s behind this move? Are there really transit users that ride too … Continue reading

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