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How Tricky “Automobile Love Affair” PR Buried Roanoke’s Treasured Past

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 3:27 PM

America’s love affair with the automobile, as a recent Washington Post piece points out, is largely a fabrication. Author Emily Badger recounts the myth’s origin in 1961 as the launch of a very successful public-relations campaign to, among other things, build support for massive infrastructure projects that were proposed in cities across the country – […]






by Jeremy Holmes
Community Design
Autotopia

An Inside Glimpse of How Parking is Going High Tech

Monday, February 23, 2015 2:23 PM

The January edition of Transportation Techies, titled “Autotopia,” focused on moving cars from A to B. And a key theme of the night was: where exactly are we going to stash all these cars once they arrive at their destinations? Parking garages along main thoroughfares can fill quickly, while garages down a back alley might […]






by Amy Eagleburger
Commentary
Beyond Traffic graphic

Major U.S. DOT Study Emphasizes Need for More Transit, Biking, Walking

Friday, February 20, 2015 2:44 PM

Transit, bicycling, and pedestrian programs will be increasingly important in order to meet the country’s future transportation needs. That’s one conclusion that can be drawn from a new report by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) called Beyond Traffic. The report, currently still in draft form, is the Obama administration’s 30-year framework of our transportation […]






by Paul Goddin
Commentary
Street Space

Space Hogs Are Roadblocking the Happy City From Us

Friday, February 6, 2015 1:40 PM

Everyone hates sitting in traffic. Of course, congestion at peak commute times is to be expected. It’s admittedly very difficult to move millions of people within a very short window of time with limited road space. In most places road-widening to reduce congestion isn’t possible. But even if it were, we shouldn’t be so quick […]






by Chris Plano
Community Design
BikeArlington Post

Plowing Snow for People Who Bike Gives Arlington National Cachet

Thursday, February 5, 2015 3:17 PM

With a new program to plow snow from bike paths, the work of BikeArlington in Arlington County, Virginia has been recognized as a national leader with a feature in today’s Washington Post. “Arlington County has committed to clearing trails,” said Tim Kelley, operations manager for BikeArlington. “That’s been a huge thing — really, just in […]






by Paul Mackie
Commentary
Tech city

D.C., S.F., Austin Among Top-Ranked Cities for Technology-Enabled Transportation

Wednesday, February 4, 2015 11:11 AM

Washington D.C. grabs the number-3 spot in a new study of 70 cities and the technology-enabled transportation options they offer. The Innovative Transportation Index, released today and authored by the Frontier Group and the U.S. PIRG Education Fund, looks at 11 different services – from ridesharing to real-time transit information – to identify which cities […]






by Amy Eagleburger
Community Design
Esther Dyson

Smaller Communities Explore Health, Public-Transportation Connections

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 4:29 PM

Five cities, five years to make a difference in their community’s health. That’s the challenge presented by the non-profit Health Initiative Coordinating Council (HICCup) and its Way to Wellville program. Founded in 2013 by prolific angel investor Esther Dyson, HICCup looks at common barriers to good health, such as poverty and education, but also questions […]






by Amy Eagleburger
Community Design
Rideshare

Mobility Lab’s Top 10 Stories of 2014

Monday, December 22, 2014 1:57 PM

Uber, Sidecar, and Lyft Are Great Options, But They Are Not Ridesharing Companies– Although these companies still mistakenly refer to themselves as “ridesharing” services, they should be commended for giving people more transportation options and beginning to allow people to actually share rides (thus, potentially taking drive-alone trips off the roads) through new offshoots like Lyft […]






by Paul Mackie
Commentary
DeMaio

Bikeshare: Still the New Kid on the Block for Transportation

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 2:53 PM

This month’s Transportation Techies Meetup group, at the WeWork co-working space in Washington D.C., was all about what we know from the growing catalog of studies on bikeshare systems. The World’s Best Bikeshares When Colin Hughes and Jacob Mason of the Institute for Transportation and Development Planning (ITDP) asked the attendees which system is the best, […]






by Amy Eagleburger
Community Design
Waiting Tech

Boston, Vegas Startups Tap Smart-Route Tech

Friday, December 5, 2014 4:27 PM

Pop-up transit companies like Bridj and Shift are taking advantage of today’s growing amount of data availability and creating flexible transit systems that come to the customer instead of vice versa. Boston-based Bridj defines itself as “the world’s first pop-up transit system.” The idea of pop-up transit started in the dorm room of Middlebury College student Matthew […]






by Janna Starcic