Streetfilms: D.C. DOT Director Talks “Transportation Freedom”

Meet Gabe Klein, who was appointed to direct Washington D.C.’s Department of Transportation (DDOT) in December 2008. With a background including four years working for Zipcar, Klein was brought in to look at the city’s mobility problems from a fresh perspective. As he says:

Cars are a part of our daily life here in D.C., but what we want to do is try to equalize the playing field. Encourage people to walk, to bike, to bike share; or instead of owning a car — car share.

D.C. already has one of the lowest household car-ownership rates of any major U.S. city, so actively promoting these modes is essential — as Klein points out — to helping people move about with freedom.

  • Right outside the Reeves Center, which a local business owner suggested replacing with a muni car garage!

  • Here’s to Mr. Klein!

  • Transportation freedom suggests separating the transportation systems. A more accurate term would be transportation equilibrium.

  • Agreed, “transportation equilibrium” is the best term. Let’s hope he also encourages bicycle parking!

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