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Do you ride the DC/MD/VA Metro – this safety report is a critical read

WTOP.com: “The findings of the latest publicly available Federal Transit Administration inspection reports include dark tunnels, risks to workers, train operators failing to follow safety rules before opening doors, and Metro’s own compliance inspectors being unable to verify fixes. Federal inspectors found two stretches of consecutive loose fasteners on the Orange Line near Deanwood Jan. 10. Inspectors said the condition met Metro’s criteria for the most serious maintenance problems, known as a “black condition,” but neither area was protected with a speed restriction for passing trains. The Metro and contract inspectors deemed it to be a maintenance condition that needed to be addressed, but not a safety issue. On the Red Line between Tenleytown and Bethesda Feb. 12, inspectors found six consecutive failing fasteners within 15 feet and four consecutive defective fasteners in another spot. Because there were no signs of the rail sliding back and forth yet, a Metro inspector also deemed those maintenance conditions. Metro inspectors made a similar decision Feb. 8 on the Red Line between Gallery Place and Judiciary Square, even though the rails were sliding about half an inch when a train was on them…”

Divided Cities Understanding Intra-urban Inequalities

OECD – Divided Cities Understanding Intra-urban Inequalities: “This report provides an assessment of spatial inequalities and segregation in cities and metropolitan areas from multiple perspectives. The chapters in the report focus on a subset of OECD countries and non-member economies, and provide new insights on cross-cutting issues for city neighbourhooods, such as the patterns of… Continue Reading

Law enforcement can identify your vehicle by make, model, year, color, features via new software

News release: “Leonardo’s ELSAG ALPR solutions are used by nearly 4,000 customers in over 25 countries by local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies.Leonardo will introduce two new Automatic License Plate Recognition (ALPR) solutions at the 2018 IACP Technology Con ference on May 21-23 in Providence, Rhode Island. The ELSAG MTC and ECSS will be… Continue Reading

Ireland’s Open Data Portal

Ireland launches the third version of their national data portal DATA.GOV.IE – Promoting innovation and transparency through the publication of Irish Public Sector data in open, free and reusable formats. “A new and improved version of the national Open Data portal, data.gov.ie was recently launched. It is the third iteration of the portal now using… Continue Reading

Metro’s Office of Inspector General Evaluation of Rhode Island Avenue – Brentwood Station Incidents

Washington Post – “In dozens of cases, Metro crews copied and pasted language from prior years’ structural inspection reports for the Rhode Island Avenue station and skipped inspections of hard-to-reach and low-visibility areas, culminating in a steel beam and concrete chunks falling from the ceiling on two consecutive days in 2016, Metro’s Office of the… Continue Reading

Survey – LA and Washington D.C. Commuters Log Most Hours on the Road

“Are you a cranky commuter or do you use your time behind the wheel to zen out? Cars.com™ conducted a survey of commuters nationwide and zeroed in on motorist behaviors in five major metropolitan areas. The survey reveals commuter behavior on the road.  With the average commuting time totaling 21-23 minutes nationwide, which is even… Continue Reading

All private vehicles will be banned from Central Park starting on June 27 2018

New York Post: “Mayor Bill de Blasio on Friday called the city’s decision to ban cars permanently from the internal streets of Central Park a “sea change” for the landmark’s estimated 42 million annual visitors. “This is a big moment for this city,” he said on WNYC radio, two days ahead of Earth Day. “For… Continue Reading

New AAA study – Hit-and-run deaths at all-time high with cyclists and pedestrians at top of the list

ABC News: “Deaths from hit-and-run crashes in the United States are now at an all-time high, according to a new study released Thursday by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. 2049 people were killed by hit-and-run crashes in 2016 — a 62 percent increase from 2009, the last year in which a downward trend was… Continue Reading

Traffic Violations Have Highest Growth Rate for Secure Communities Removals

“Recently released ICE removal-by-removal records from Secure Communities — current through October 2017 — provide a portrait of deportations of immigrants from each state and county in the nation. While the new administration initially did successfully ramp up deportations nationally, the latest data show no further increase. The number deported under this program – including… Continue Reading

CityLab – Since December 16, 1940 New York has not opened another new subway line

Why New York City Stopped Building Subways – Nearly 80 years ago, a construction standstill derailed the subway’s progress, leading to its present crisis. This is the story, decade by decade. “In the first decades of the 20th century, New York City experienced an unprecedented infrastructure boom. Iconic bridges, opulent railway terminals, and much of… Continue Reading

Seeking to normalize and expand biking centric cities

Fast Company: “Mikael Colville-Andersen rides his bike everywhere in Copenhagen, but he would never introduce himself as a cyclist. “I’m just one of the 400,000 people riding a bike in this city because it makes our daily lives more effective,” he tells Fast Company…At the center of…Colville-Andersen’s mission: To renormalize the bicycle. A successful cycling… Continue Reading

Trends in Public Transportation Ridership: Implications for Federal Policy

CRS report via FAS: Trends in Public Transportation Ridership: Implications for Federal Policy, William J. Mallett, Specialist in Transportation Policy, March 26, 2018. “Despite significant investments in public transportation at the federal, state, and local levels, transit ridership has fallen in many of the top 50 transit markets. If strong gains in the New York… Continue Reading