Model Street Manual: A road map to sustainable transportation planning (L.A. Streetsblog)
Progressive transportation planners heralded the launch last week of the Model Streets Manual for L.A. County. Funded by a grant from the L.A. County Department of Public Health, the manual will serve as a guide for cities that want to create safer and healthier streets for their cities. L.A. Streetsblog has an in depth look at who’s behind the manual and what’s in it. Two particularly noble looking objectives: “Provide transportation options for people of all ages, physical abilities, and income levels,” and “Enhance the safety and security of streets, from both a traffic and personal perspective.” The manual is free to download in PDF, Word or Adobe InDesign format here.
Talk about unintended consequences! A UC Berkeley study found that, when hybrid vehicle drivers lost the perk of driving in the carpool lane, traffic got worse for everyone — even carpools. Apparently, when non-carpool lanes slow down — as they did when hybrids were reintroduced — the adjacent carpool lanes slow up too, because cars have to slow down and speed up more to get in and out of the carpool lane. The percentage of L.A. County motorists carpooling also dropped in the past decade. Related phenomenon? And here’s a related post: Another look at how we get to work in Los Angeles County.
Packed parking lots pinch [D.C.] Metro riders (Washington Examiner)
Here’s the crux of the problem: “[D.C.] Metro has 58,323 parking spots, but an estimated 80,000 riders out of the peak rush of 250,000 seek parking each weekday morning.” Building more parking garages for suburban stations would cost D.C. Metro about $25,000 per space – a pretty typical figure nationally. On top of that, some transit officials argue that scarce real estate should be used for transit oriented development, not storing people’s cars. One more reason that transit planners everywhere are looking to enhance pedestrian, cycling and bus connections to rail.