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To Fill Empty Offices, Arlington Must Focus on Transportation Options

Monday, November 9, 2015 3:01 PM

Resting on the status quo of existing transportation options is no longer a winning strategy for places that want to attract new businesses. Workers want to have transportation options at their fingertips, while developers are looking to locate in transportation hubs that will help attract both companies and their workers. As a report from Smart […]

by Adam Russell
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Ride-Hailing Services Present Major Gap in Access for People with Disabilities in the D.C. Area

Monday, October 5, 2015 1:22 PM

Many regions – like the Washington, D.C., area – are fortunately and rapidly adding a multitude of transportation options, especially in the realms of on-demand mobility and ride-hailing. In August, Arlington Transportation Partners set out to highlight this variety of modes and options in the District through a creative “commute race” from Petworth to ATP’s […]

by Carol Tyson
Economic Prosperity
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Pope Visit Highlights an Overlooked Option: Teleworking

Friday, September 25, 2015 1:35 PM

In the weeks ahead of Pope Francis’ visit to Washington, D.C., transportation agencies predicted three days of dire traffic and crowds flooding the District – comparable to those from a presidential inauguration. However, as the schedule of events played out, many residents were pleasantly surprised to see empty streets, light traffic, and significantly smaller crowds […]

by Adam Russell
Economic Prosperity
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Through Open Data, Taxis Can Be a Platform for Innovation

Wednesday, September 23, 2015 3:01 PM

There’s no denying transportation network companies like Uber and Lyft have changed for-hire transportation forever. Now, in Montgomery County, Maryland, the Washington, D.C., area, and across the country, there has been a dire need to adapt taxi regulations in the face of the rapidly changing industry. While these transportation network companies (TNCs) are valuable options, […]

by Hans Riemer
Economic Prosperity
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“Bus Bunching” Being Solved in D.C. Thanks to Low-Cost Technology

Thursday, September 17, 2015 1:50 PM

Bus bunching is one of the biggest problems that city transportation networks face. It’s when buses – due to traffic, delays in loading and unloading passengers, or variations in driver speed – cause other buses from the same route to be unevenly spaced. Instead of arriving every 10 minutes, multiple buses from the same route […]

by Amy Eagleburger
Community Design

Metro Helping Blind People Better Navigate D.C. Transit

Thursday, September 17, 2015 11:25 AM

Transit agencies have an opportunity to follow the cutting-edge initiatives for the blind that have already been introduced in places like retail outlets Macy’s and American Eagle, and most Major League Baseball ballparks. With a grant from ClickandGo Wayfinding, Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind and the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) are harnessing the […]

by Amy Eagleburger
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Free Transit Attracts Riders and Helps Communities in More Ways Than One

Thursday, September 3, 2015 3:55 PM

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 […]

by Monique Wahba
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Uber’s Plan for Self-Driving Cars Bigger Than Its Taxi Disruption

Tuesday, August 18, 2015 1:08 PM

Uber has fundamentally changed the taxi industry. But its biggest disruption may be yet to come. The ride-hailing company has invested in autonomous-vehicle research, and its CEO Travis Kalanick (pictured above) has indicated that consumers can expect a driverless Uber fleet by 2030. Uber expects its service to be so inexpensive and ubiquitous as to make […]

by Paul Goddin
Community Design
Top Techies and Sidewalks

Apps Are Not the Answer

Friday, August 14, 2015 10:47 AM

It’s clear that apps, specifically mobile apps, are the most popular creations for civic hackers and are the usual output of countless hackathons nationwide. But at the latest Transportation Techies, held for the first time in Baltimore, Justin Elszasz, an open data analyzer who blogs at The Training Set, said the focus on apps isn’t […]

by Amy Eagleburger
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Rebranding “TDM” Could Fix the Industry’s Communications Struggle

Tuesday, August 11, 2015 12:10 PM

Would a common definition of the term and practice of transportation demand management help the industry find other funding sources, do better lobbying for policies, and gain wider acceptance and popularity? And, as we at Mobility Lab constantly ponder internally, is the user-unfriendly term TDM keeping us from reaching these goals as well? Kirk Hovenkotter, […]

by Paul Mackie