Tagged Transportation

Beyond Urban Planning: The Economics of Capital Bikeshare

Bicycling is exploding across the United States, and Washington, DC is no exception: the share of bicycle commuters in the District has grown by 315 percent since 1990 and overall ridership rose 80 percent between 2007 and 2010. This growth is tied to the metro area’s commitment to expanding trails and bike lanes and, in large part, to the rapid expansion of Capital Bikeshare.

The National Infrastructure Bank: A Cure-All for America’s Infrastructure Woes?

By Dennis Lytton The first infrastructure bank bill was proposed by Congress in 2007, and some iteration of it has been reintroduced in every Congress since. Beginning in 2009, the Obama Administration identified the creation of a National Infrastructure Bank (NIB) as an important goal for enhancing surface transportation financing. The President recently renewed that…

Domestic Policy in 2014

The year 2013 certainly provided no shortage of fodder for policy wonks. We faced off over the debt limit and government shutdown, scraped together a budget deal, alternatively debated and ignored immigration reform, witnessed the shaky rollout of the Affordable Care Act’s insurance exchanges, confronted the realities of our government’s surveillance in the name of…

Hip to be Square: The Future of Smart Grids

by Ryan Greenfield The early 20th century conception of power production, transmission, distribution, and consumption is still largely prevalent in the United States and around the world. Basically, large fossil fuel (coal, oil, natural gas) or nuclear power generators produce power which is distributed over some distance and the amount generated is determined by estimated…

The State of Public Transportation in the U.S.

by Monica Martinez Public transportation is making a comeback. Between 2007 and 2008, public transportation ridership increased by about 4 percent, according to data released in the spring by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), bringing the number of riders to the highest levels in five decades. The news was particularly surprising since nearly 60…

No Silver Lining? Future of Tysons Corner is in Metro

by Matthew Butram Sep. 9, 2006 was an unhappy day for many advocates of urbanization in the Northern Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C. Even as plans moved forward on the Washington Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s proposed extension out to Dulles International Airport (popularly referred to as the “Silver Line”), the federal government flexed its financial muscle and…