- (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.
• 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?
• 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.
• 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.