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Thursday, February 07, 2013

An example of "counter-intuitive thinking" that ought to be a part of DC's master transportation planning process

This is one of the elements in the old "People's Transportation Plan" blog entry and is an example of ideas that could be included in the plan. I suggested this in the planning process that created the Brookland Small Area Plan, and it went nowhere.

16. Intra-city HOV requirements. (I forgot to include this before.) Alexandria has HOV-2 requirements on Washington Blvd. and Rte. 1 during rush hours.
HOV 2 Lane in Alexandria
Washington Boulevard, Alexandria.

This should be done within DC on certain roads during rush hour periods as well, to reduce the number of single occupancy vehicle trips.

Streets such as Rhode Island Avenue, New York Avenue, Constitution Avenue, Independence Avenue, etc., come to mind.
Traffic lined up on Rhode Island Avenue NE, east of 4th Street
Traffic lined up on Rhode Island Avenue NE, east of 4th Street, during the evening rush hour.

This idea was first proposed by Patrick Hare in an op-ed in the Washington Post in the early 1990s.

Change takes a long time. And needs champions.

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At 10:17 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I suggested to Harry Thomas Jr. that one lane on RI Ave be HOV, buses, and bikes only. He was more concerned about Maryland drivers than his own bike riding constituent.

At 12:46 PM, Anonymous Richard Layman said...

Interesting. I wish I would have known about your plea.

FWIW, HTJ also put out the idea of providing tax incentives for gas station creation.

He lived off 18th St. in a cul-de-sac development that wasn't exactly a traditional "subdivision" but acted like one in terms of DC.

So he definitely has a suburban imprint. (Not sure where he grew up in the city and the nature of the spatial form there.)

At 10:09 AM, Blogger IMGoph said...

HTJ's parents were married in Ivy City, and his mother grew up in Trinidad, from what I understand (she still owns a vacant house on my block).

He should've have a good understanding of walkable neighborhoods. He had a better understanding of greed and the need to have "things" so he could be the BMOC. Hope he's enjoying his time in prison.


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