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by Pete Muntean, WUSA9, November 12, 2019
WASHINGTON — The Governors of Maryland and Virginia are promising an end to crippling congestion over the American Legion Bridge, but opponents say the idea will make Beltway traffic even worse traffic for years to come.
“We are distressed,” Stewart Schwartz of the Coalition for Smarter Growth. He criticized Maryland Governor Larry Hogan and Virginia Governor Ralph Northam’s announcement that the traffic-choked Potomac River crossing would be rebuilt and widened. “There’s a natural feeling that adding capacity to roads will make a difference and what we’re seeing is it doesn’t,” Schwartz said.
by David McAuley, Greater Greater Washington, November 12, 2019
Author Steven Higashide describes his new book Better Buses, Better Cities: How to Plan, Run, and Win the Fight for Effective Transit as “half technical backgrounder, half political field manual” for public transit – especially bus – advocates.
Local transit activists (and GGWash contributors) Cheryl Cort, Aimee Custis, Kishan Putta, and Dan Malouff all get shout-outs, mostly for pushing forward the 16th Street NW dedicated bus lane, scheduled for next year.
by Al Jones and Steve Burns, 1010 WINS, November 7, 2019
NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — Over 60 plus years ago, the dream for America’s highway system was the orderly, rapid movement of shiny sleek vehicles traveling 100 miles an hour on roads that connected population centers. Today, that long ago dream seems like a scene from a cartoon. In reality, our roads are a rough, hot mess.
Bringing transit back to its former glory will of course take more money, and a lot of community buy-in, especially in how those communities are built. In the words of one expert, “office parks are dead.”
“Those separated office parks and shopping centers and homes have meant more traffic than we can handle,” said Stewart Schwartz, from the Coalition for Smarter Growth in Washington, D.C.
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