Reporting on pedestrian life in the D.C. area

Walking it back: The last holiday transportation news of 2011

December 31, 2011 - 09:10 AM
Text size Decrease Increase
(Photo: Ben Schumin)

Happy New Year's Eve, D.C. The year is finally coming to a close, and I hope you've been enjoying the holidays. Last week's festivities prevented a review of recent transportation news so we have a lot of recent items to collect here for you on this celebratory long weekend. Drive safe, enjoy, and see you all in 2012!

Here's a review of the biggest transportation stories of the last couple weeks:

• Remember, SoberRide is offering free trips. Transportation deaths spike around the holidays, so be extra careful.

• North Korea's Kim Jong-Il died, and in light of the holidays and the seriousness of this event, I took a look at the transportation of North Korean capital Pyongyang. The city has its own Metro, around since 1973, as well as a system of streetcars and roads. Just don't expect any traffic lights. See 16 photos of the Metro here.

• A piece of a D.C. Metro train fell off, and 300 people had to evacuate into the WMATA tunnels. See video of the strange, disturbing episode here. Metro immediately began investigating.

• I talked about the kitschy rise of public transit culture, which has developed in pockets around the country from D.C. to St. Louis.

• Ticket-happy D.C. issues about 350 parking citations an hour these days. Is this reasonable enforcement of justice or a ploy for drivers' money?

• D.C. wants to overhaul the taxi industry with a bunch of new tech and a new fare surcharge but some taxi drivers aren't happy. Councilmember Mary Cheh seeks answers in a Google Doc survey.

• The horror, the horror! Here's what the Metro map would look like with super-long station names.

• Google Earth traces Santa's commute.

• 85 years ago, a tiny car rolled into Washington.

• There's been no real snow yet but D.C. has 750 people ready for it if it comes.

• Here's a look at the drunken wild ride of the Trans-Siberian Railway.

Biking in the dark.

• Thousands of trees are coming to D.C. Here's a map of exactly where .

These Metro escalators will be closed for 2/3 of 2012. Alas.

Last week: We showcased a map of all the new bike lanes planned for 2012. 

Read More:

No comments

Post a Comment

By posting comments to content found on WJLA, you agree to the terms of service.