Get the Daily Dish with DDOT's New Blog
Get the Daily Dish with DDOT's New Blog
The District Department of Transportation announced today that they have launched its first official blog, known as the “d.ish.” In his first post, DDOT Director Gabe Klein explains the importance of communications: We have been working hard to create a ...
Recycled Printer Cartridges Pave Bike Path
Australia's Parks and Wildlife Minister Karl Hampton tests the new bike path. Photo via The Centralian Advocate.
The next time your printer cartridge runs out of ink at just the wrong moment, remember this story – and recycle it. A new bike path made with Replas recycled plastics - mostly recycled printer cartridges - opened recently in Central Australia, stretching ...
Manifesto for Urban Accessibility in India
Flyovers like Vakola Flyover in Mumbai increasingly link wealthier urbanites to business and commercial centers, inhibiting these citizens' integration and interaction with the rest of the city. Photo via Swami Stream.
In my introductory post, I mentioned my interest in writing about how we can use sustainable transportation development to ensure increased accessibility for poor city dwellers, particularly in developing countries. Sudhir Chella Rajan, a professor of Humanities and Social Sciences ...
McKinsey: India's "Urban Awakening" Depends on Sustainable Transport and Land Use
“If India continues with its current unplanned urbanization path, it will result in a sharp deterioration in the quality of life in its cities, putting even today’s rates of economic growth at risk,” says an April 2010 report published by ...
Recycled Asphalt in NYC to Cut Congestion, Pollution, Wear-and-Tear
Mayor Bloomberg and Transportation Commissioner Sadik-Khan at new plant in Queens. Photo via theepochtimes.com
At the end of May, New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Department of Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan announced the start of operations at a new asphalt plant in Corona, Queens. The new plant – part of the city’s ...
Upcoming Event: Online Engagement for Sustainable Urban Mobility
What online tools exist in the D.C. area to make transportation more efficient, user-friendly and sustainable? Photo by Dsade
EMBARQ, the producer of this blog, is hosting an event on June 15 about “Online Engagement for Sustainable Urban Mobility“: EMBARQ – The World Resources Institute Center for Sustainable Transport invites D.C. city officials, planners, transport practitioners, technologists, social media ...
Avoiding Environmental Disaster through Sustainable Accessibility
Avoiding Environmental Disaster through Sustainable Accessibility
“The greatest wave of mass mobility is yet to come.” – John Sterman Yesterday in my post about sustainable accessibility, I included a link to this lecture by Dr. John Sterman. The lecture, part of MIT’s series of seminars about transportation, ...
Are VMT and GDP Really Correlated?
Are VMT and GDP Really Correlated?
People tend to drive more when the economy is in better shape.  Research has shown that vehicle miles traveled (VMT) and gross domestic product (GDP) tend to follow the same trends over time (see for example the Federal Highway Administration’s Summary of ...
McKinsey: India’s “Urban Awakening” Depends on Sustainable Transport and Land Use
Even historical monuments in India face strains from modern patterns of urbanization. Photo by Carol Mitchell.
“If India continues with its current unplanned urbanization path, it will result in a sharp deterioration in the quality of life in its cities, putting even today’s rates of economic growth at risk,” says an April 2010 report published by ...
A How-To for HOT Lanes
Simulation of VA HOT lanes in 2013. Photo via the Washington Post.
More than 60% of D.C.-area workers over the age of 16 drive to work alone.  This means that on the Capital Beltway, rush hour commutes often – and unpredictably – turn into hours-long, soul-crushing rides. It’s bleak. But people still ...