Archive for the 'Transportation' Category

The Oddly Fascinating History of Parking Garages

December 1, 2009

An exhibit at the National Building Museum reveals the untold chapter of America’s love affair with automobiles.

Governing, December 2009


Tysons Corner, Reimagined

November 1, 2009

Can the iconic super-suburb break from its traffic-clogged past?

Governing, November 2009

Won’t Cyclists Behave?

October 1, 2009

When commuting by bike in D.C., you’ll notice two things. There are an awful lot of bicyclists on the road. And almost none of them obeys any traffic laws whatsoever.

Governing, October 2009

The Great White Right-of-Way

June 1, 2009

New York gives Broadway over to pedestrians.

Governing, June 2009

Plus: my interview with NYC Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan


May 1, 2009

Is the icon of suburban street design bound for extinction?

Governing, May 2009

A Gentler Jackhammer

April 1, 2009

How New York’s noise code created a quieter way to cut concrete.

Governing, April 2009

Bike-Sharing Shortfall

October 1, 2008

I really do want to like bike sharing. But the way D.C. set up the nation’s first such program makes no sense.


Governing, October 2008

Toll Roads For Sale (and everything else)

January 1, 2007

State and local governments are unloading toll roads, parking garages, lotteries and other assets. Are they getting a sweet deal or is it a sellout?

Governing, January 2007

Plus: My interviews with the Treasurer of New Jersey, the CFO of Chicago and the CFO of Harris County, Texas.

The 24-Hour Rush Hour

December 1, 2006

How rush hour turned into “rush day.”

Governing, December 2006

L.A. Banks on Buses

May 1, 2006

It's not 'rail lite,' say defenders of the city's new busway, one of a growing number of BRT programs across the nation.

Planning, May 2006

Faster Than a Speeding Turtle

February 1, 2006

New high-tech tools can make buses a lot more efficient than they used to be. Will that be enough to satisfy riders?

Governing, February 2006

Rethinking the Urban Speedway

October 1, 2005

Governing Oct. 05 Cover.JPGFor decades, highway engineers focused on designing wider, straighter, faster roads. Now, moving traffic quickly is no longer the sole goal.

Governing, October 2005

My Interview on Colorado Public Radio

June 9, 2005

I was interviewed today on Colorado Matters, regarding my recent Governing article on highway HOT lanes.

Listen to the interview here.

A Bridge Too Many?

September 1, 2004

Louisville’s fight to ease traffic has been long, bitter—and very American.

Preservation, September/October 2004

S’mores on the Green Line

August 11, 2001

At Greenbelt Park, go camping…by Metro.

Washington Post, August 22, 2001