How D.C. can make ride-sharing easier
By Ken Kobetsky,
Regarding the Aug. 27 Metro story “D.C. seeks input on slug sites for ride sharers”:
Apparently, D.C. Department of Transportation Director Gabe Klein has been too busy establishing bike lanes to understand the slug line concept. Encouraging the use of bikes is a good idea, but one bike takes one car off the street, while discouraging convenient pickup points for slug riders makes traffic congestion worse. It’s simple math: One slug pickup puts a minimum of two extra riders in the same car, which means two fewer vehicles on the streets.
Since 14th Street appears to be one of the major streets for picking up slugs and it also feeds directly into the Interstate 395 HOV lanes, the curb lane should be marked as a slug pickup lane (3 to 7 p.m.), similar to the bus-only lanes. This would mean that a lane that allows for picking 400 to 500 (or more) stops a day would translate to 800 to 1,000 vehicles (or more) taken off the streets.
The District should encourage the use of slug lines and make them as convenient as possible, as in the end we reduce the number of vehicles entering the city, plus get a reduction in air pollution. I would suggest Mr. Klein get a better understanding of how well the slug lines work.
| September 1, 2010; 7:03 PM ET
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