Affordable housing and transit should go hand-in-hand Affordable housing and transit should go hand-in-hand
Affordable housing and transit should go hand-in-hand
Slugging, D.C.’s original ride-sharing system, has its own app Slugging, D.C.’s original ride-sharing system, has its own app
Slugging, D.C.’s original ride-sharing system, has its own app
Publicly visible transit info helps people make smart decisions Publicly visible transit info helps people make smart decisions
Publicly visible transit info helps people make smart decisions
Where Pac-Man meets shared rides Where Pac-Man meets shared rides
Where Pac-Man meets shared rides
Different needs throughout U.S. complicate Congressional transportation policy Different needs throughout U.S. complicate Congressional transportation policy
Different needs throughout U.S. complicate Congressional transportation policy

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Upcoming Events

May
15
Sun
2016
TransportationCamp Colorado @ UC Boulder Environmental Design Building
May 15 @ 8:00 AM

From organizers:

Do you have creative ideas for how Colorado’s cities can grow and move more sustainably? Do you wish the Front Range had more ride/bike/carsharing, open data and transit­oriented development? Are you developing the next great mobility app? Then the inaugural TransportationCamp Colorado, an innovation in transportation unconference on Sunday May 15, 2016, is for you.

TransportationCamp CO 2016 aims to inform and connect Colorado’s urban transport community and raise awareness about local trends and opportunities. We’ll gather planners, software developers, data scientists, engineers, designers, entrepreneurs, students and government officials interested in discussing and collaborating on innovative solutions to Colorado’s transportation challenges.

Unlike a traditional conference, at an unconference the attendees set the agenda by proposing sessions they’d like to lead. This provides a unique opportunity for you to contribute to and shape the event. Bring your ideas and lead a session! We want to hear about what you’re working on. Find some guidance on how TransportationCamps work and how to prepare a compelling session here.

Stay tuned on Twitter at @TransoCampCO for more updates. Contact organizers for inquiries at transpocampCO@gmail.com.

Jun
4
Sat
2016
TransportationCamp Midwest @ Mid-America Regional Council
Jun 4 all-day

Stay tuned to the event page for further details. Registration is not yet open.

Jun
8
Wed
2016
TU-Automotive Detroit @ Suburban Collection Showplace
Jun 8 – Jun 9 all-day

TU-Automotive gives attendees an in-depth look at the future of the connected car, covering telematics, autonomous vehicles and mobility. Topics include:

  • AI Changes the Game: From infotainment to safety services; harness the awesome power of machine learning to transform the car into an accident free, personal companion
  • Embrace Cybersecurity: Collaboration, standards, ISAC’s – the foundations have been laid. Now take action to mitigate the risk to your products, customers and future of auto
  • Smart Car Meets Smart World: Reimagine vehicle design, HMI and UX as the car plugs into the home, city and ‘things’
  • Ready for Robot Drivers?: With rapid developments in sensors, software and silicon, can we skip straight to Level 4? Or do consumers and gov’t need more convincing of the reliability of SDCs?
  • The Auto ‘Access Economy’: Rip up the rule book on vehicle sales, insurance and industry partnerships! Create a smart mobility blueprint for auto brands in the on-demand world

See more at tu-auto.com/detroit.

Jun
26
Sun
2016
TransportationCamp Texas 2016 @ Omni Houston Galleria Hotel
Jun 26 @ 9:00 AM

From organizers:

TransportationCamp Texas 2016, a partnership with the American Society Civil Engineers and the Houston and Austin Chapters of the Young Professionals in Transportation, aims to bring together diverse views and perspectives on pressing transportation issues in Texas. The event will take place on Sunday, Jun. 26, 2016, the first day of the ASCE International Conference on Transportation and Development’s Spring conference in Houston, Texas. By hosting TransportationCamp at their semi-annual conference, YPT and ASCE are helping to create a unique TransportationCamp atmosphere, where technologists, transportation advocates, and users can come together in open conversation with the operators of Texas’ transportation providers.

Though it will take place during a conference, the event will be run as a standard “unconference” — sessions will be proposed on the day of the event, and will range in transportation topics based on the interest of the attendees.

Transportation Camp Texas will be held at the Omni Houston Galleria hotel located in Houston, Texas, beginning at 10 AM on June 26, 2016 (coffee and networking begin at 9 AM). Coffee will be included in the registration fee of $25, but guests will be expected to provide lunch on their own.

Registration is now open, at asce-ictd.org/transportationcamp.

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Mobility Lab Research

In Arlington, lessons for simple bike wayfinding

In Arlington, lessons for simple bike wayfinding


December 9, 2015    Adam Russell

Navigating by bike isn’t always as simple as following a bike trail to its end. Often, suggested bike routes may not be easily identified without a map, leaving bicyclists to guess at how to best navigate to their destinations. In Arlington, Virginia, an ongoing wayfinding project is working to make it easier to navigate the county’s irregular street grid… Read more »

Turning to your customers for advice

Turning to your customers for advice


November 18, 2015    Lloyd Brown

This post originally appeared on Talking Transportation. It’s common throughout the transportation industry to make data available for private use, often ending up being presented in mobile apps. No surprise, if a department of transportation or local transit agency has rapidly, or even regularly, updated data that includes route conditions, a mobile public wants to know. The… Read more »

Free transit attracts riders and helps communities in more ways than one

Free transit attracts riders and helps communities in more ways than one


September 3, 2015    Monique Wahba

In January, Missoula, Montana’s transit agency, Mountain Line, began a three-year, “zero-fare” demonstration project on its fixed-route and door-to-door services, meaning boarding passengers no longer pay to use the bus. Implementing a zero-fare system was part of a larger transit improvement package that includes late-night service on its four most popular routes, increased frequency on… Read more »

In rush-hour D.C., abundance of transportation options look “amazing”

In rush-hour D.C., abundance of transportation options look “amazing”


September 2, 2015    Maggie Awad

At Arlington Transportation Partners and goDCgo, our job is to encourage residents and visitors in the Washington D.C. metro region to consider sustainable and active commutes. So we decided to try some of the many options in our first annual “Amazing Commuter Race.” In our book, the best ways to travel come down to cost, time,… Read more »

External Research

Bikeshare safer than riding personal bikes, new research says

Bikeshare safer than riding personal bikes, new research says


March 21, 2016    Adam Russell

Anyone who’s ever ridden a bikeshare bike can tell you: they are hardy, aluminum tanks on two wheels. But does that translate to an inherently safer experience on the street, especially when many casual riders are likely unfamiliar with a city’s bike infrastructure? A recent study from the Mineta Transportation Institute determined that yes, bikeshare systems… Read more »

A closer look at who bikes to work in Arlington

A closer look at who bikes to work in Arlington


March 17, 2016    Stephen Crim

Last month, the District Department of Transportation released a map, broken down by census tract, of how many people commuted by bike in Northwest D.C. as part of its presentation on a proposed protected bike lane in Shaw. In a blog post over at BikeArlington, our Research Director Stephen Crim took a similar look at Arlington County’s commuting habits… Read more »

Mental health suffers when we surrender to car culture

Mental health suffers when we surrender to car culture


February 24, 2016    Paul Mackie

Maria Hernandez, from Montgomery County, Maryland, was always afraid she wouldn’t know how to use public transportation. But since deciding to learn, she rejoices in being “able to relax, read a book, and enjoy the scenery – which you really can’t do when you’re driving.” No doubt Hernandez is onto something that has been very… Read more »

Where are the Super Bowl-esque ads about public transportation?

Where are the Super Bowl-esque ads about public transportation?


February 10, 2016    Paul Mackie

When it comes to communicating that people have transportation options besides their own drive-alone cars, the transit industry is getting its lunch handed to it, and has been for decades. It must face that it’s a fringe player that wants to become mainstream. And it’s not getting any easier. While we hear so many great stories about options… Read more »