Metro Transit and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Weekend Light Rail Shutdown

I am what transit professionals would call a choice rider. I have a well paying job and a rather new car at home. However, I choose transit and biking to commute to work, rather than driving. Because of this preference I’ve arranged my life so that transit and biking are more convenient for many of […]

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Is Tesla Autopilot Safe?

There’s been a lot of news (and misinformation) over the past few days about Tesla Autopilot (AP). Primarily about the NHTSA opening a Preliminary Evaluation of AP performance in relation to a crash on May 7 in Florida that resulted in a man losing his life. More recently there was a crash in Pennsylvania with […]

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Chart of the Day: Traffic Stop Pretexts by Race

Via Quartz, here’s a chart showing the pretexts given for traffic stops broken down by race. The data is from 2011. David Levinson, former chair of the board, has written a few terrific posts this week about the problem with traffic stops as a safety tool for US roads. In the first, he talks about how traffic stops contribute to the high rate of […]

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Pokemon GO

Pokemon GO: 10 Streets Etiquette Tips for Pokemon Trainers

Perhaps you have seen people wandering around with their face in a phone, more than usual? Perhaps you have heard them exclaim that they have found a “Pokestop!” or a “wild Charmander?” Perhaps you have even heard of the new craze, which is a mobile game called Pokemon GO. In it, mobile phone users become […]

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National Links! Hockey, Bike Highways, and More!

Every day at The Direct Transfer we collect news about cities and send the links to our email list.  At the end of the week we take some of the most popular stories and post them to Greater Greater Washington, a group blog similar to that focuses on urban issues in the DC region.  […]

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Map Monday: Northern Twin Cities Suburbs Race Maps 1980-2010

Here are a pair of maps from the Institute on Metropolitan Opportunity report called “Why Are the Twin Cities So Segregated?” They shows the Northern first-ring Twin Cities’ suburbs along the borders of Minneapolis and Saint Paul, and the change in time over the thirty-year period when the Twin Cities’ percentage of people of color, in general, increased from roughly […]

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Sunday Summary – July 10, 2016

We’re in those post-Independence Day doldrums with a rather light week here on, so you can read everything and still have plenty of time to enjoy summer on your street wherever it may be. Many thanks to Sam Newberg and Jeb Rach for summarizing the last two Sundays while I was enjoying a variety […]

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Sunday Summary: July 3, 2016

Hello! I’m Jeb, and I’ll be subbing in this week for the Sunday Summary. Hope your long weekend is going well! This week we’ve had a number of articles that are worth your time to read and peruse. This week I’m keeping it simple, going from oldest to newest. On Tuesday, two posts came […]

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Warrants and Justifications for Traffic Signs

The first two parts of this series dealt with warrants and justifications for traffic signals. Here the series concludes with a discussion of warrants and justifications for signs and other traffic control devices.  Justification for Stop Signs   Let’s go to the Minnesota MUTCD; section 2B.4: .03 YIELD or STOP signs should be used at an […]

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The Day the Laughter Died: Acme Comedy’s Parking Crisis

As someone who follows local development politics pretty closely, I’ve been watching a strange new debate unfold at City Hall. We’re used to hearing concerns about parking and neighborhood “character” from longtime homeowners. Now, that same argument is coming from a cast of comedians in support of Acme Comedy Co’s quest to stop the development […]

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