Transportation roundup 10/29/14

| October 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

Trust us: the Westminster neighborhood in London is nowhere you want to park. It’s full of throngs of tourists, one-way streets, and tight security that can lead to annoying delays. It’s also an ideal place to test out SmartPark, an RFID system that will update participating drivers on vacancies in realtime, relying on RFID and 3,000 sensors to keep local drivers who use the system to find parking quickly and easily. We’ll be keeping an eye on this – it could be huge.

Greater Greater Washington thinks that the new Purple Line light rail heading through D.C.’s Maryland suburbs will beat ridership forecasts because (interestingly) light rail systems in Tucson and Minneapolis have, and like the Purple Line, they ran through “major state universities,” too.

The Detroit Free Press offers that a new high-speed rail system between Detroit and Chicago could boost passenger trains from 3 to 10 per day. The top speed will be 110 mph, making for a 3 1/2 hour trip between the two cities. Critics point out that the rail line will miss the Detroit Metro Airport entirely (which seems mindboggling, since Detroit currently lacks an easy, quick way to get from the airport to downtown via public transportation). We hope there’s a Hertz rental joint near the Detroit terminus, since it’s impossible to get around that city without a car anyway – which might limit Chicagoans’ interest in abandoning theirs for short trips. The track won’t be done until 2035, by which time we all will have been swallowed up or at least bankrupted by melting polar ice caps anyway. Still, you have to start somewhere.

New York’s 25 mph speed limit just went into effect, but the Queens neighborhood of Forest Hills doesn’t plan on enforcing it – not for awhile, anyway. This makes sense, since traffic enforcement in the city is virtually nonexistent already – so why start now?

Slow newsday at state DOTs around the country:

 

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