Economic Prosperity

Commentary
Uber CEO

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
Commentary
CMAQ unfair

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
Environment
Vancouver complete street

How Broader Thinking Can Broaden Your Funding Sources

Thursday, August 6, 2015 12:15 PM

Arlington County, Virginia, with the help of a grant from the Virginia DOT, recently rolled out a cutting-edge multimodal trip planner, CarFreeAtoZ. In 2014, Salt Lake City launched the Hive Pass, a reduced-cost monthly transit pass for all city residents. In order to increase housing affordability, Seattle’s DOT may require new multi-family housing developments to offer “residential transportation options programs” […]






by Steven Higashide
Economic Prosperity
Non Work Trips

Contest Reveals Importance of People’s Non-Commute Trips

Monday, July 20, 2015 10:03 AM

Each year in May, RIDE Solutions in Southwest Virginia hosts a Clean Commute Challenge as part of its National Bike Month activities. In the past, participants only logged commute trips, but for the 2015 contest, we opened trip types up to a variety of non-commute options, including dining, shopping, business meetings, religious services, and volunteer […]






by Jeremy Holmes
Activity Centers
Downtown revival

Businesses Moving to Where the Public Transportation Is – Downtown

Wednesday, June 24, 2015 4:15 PM

The deciding factor in Panasonic’s move of its North American headquarters from Secaucus, New Jersey to Newark was public transportation, according to Jim Reilly, vice president of corporate communications. The company relocated from a large corporate campus with lots of green space to an amenity-rich downtown location. Reilly said his company’s relocation has been “transformative” […]






by Paul Goddin
Economic Prosperity
Carpoolin

New App Connects Coworkers to Ride Together

Thursday, June 18, 2015 12:04 PM

Commuters who regularly endure traffic jams and long travel times to work sometimes consider carpooling as an alternative, but it’s not always simple to find people to share a ride. A new app called Ride aims to change all that. Launched in April, Ride hopes to connect coworkers who have similar routes to work – reducing […]






by Amy Eagleburger
Activity Centers
Dupont bus

Living in the Heart of D.C. May Actually Be Cheaper Than Living in the Outer Suburbs

Wednesday, June 17, 2015 10:50 AM

The conventional wisdom is that living in the city is much more expensive than living outside of it. Taxes, entertainment, and groceries all add up to a slightly higher cost of living in the city. Housing, though, is the expense that tips the scales decidedly in favor of the suburbs. Or does it? With car […]






by Paul Goddin
Community Design
Chicago L art

Does Chicago’s Elevated “L” Get the Fundamentals of Transit Right?

Thursday, June 11, 2015 11:46 AM

I was passing through Chicago en route to Missouri to attend my niece’s high-school graduation. As I had a layover of several hours between my flight’s arrival in Chicago and my Amtrak train to Missouri, I thought I would take the “L” downtown to visit The Art Institute of Chicago, then walk over to the […]






by Monique Wahba
Commentary
UBER_HQ

Should Uber Get Special Treatment? A Look at Sharing-Economy Rules

Wednesday, June 10, 2015 11:22 AM

Sharing-economy companies like Uber, Lyft, and AirBnB continue to disrupt industries as they create services that are incredibly appealing to consumers. Whatever your opinion on these companies, the decision regarding if, and how much, they should be regulated is important. It will help determine the speed of technological innovation in the U.S. and the direction […]






by Paul Goddin