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Bikeshare systems get more creative with equity issues

This article was originally published at Jennifer’s blog. I recently attended the North American Bikeshare Association (NABSA) conference in Montreal to present some of the findings from our research at Portland State University on equity and bikesharing. On the first day, each member gave a one-minute blurb, sharing highlights of their past year. Several of the systems… Read more »

Virtual currencies like Bitcoin could make transit faster and more secure

Over the past 20 years, innovations previously undreamed of have appeared left, right, and center. Most recently, automated technology and artificial intelligence are revolutionizing a range of industries and sectors, from health care to transport. Cryptocurrencies are another technological revolution taking us by storm. The digital currencies are created and used online, with some, such… Read more »

Autonomous vehicles will improve transportation options for older Americans and people with disabilities

Imagine you are the adult child of a senior-citizen parent who is mentally sharp and active but whose reflexes and eyesight are not what they used to be just a few years ago. The ability to go to the grocery store, visit family and friends, or make a trip to the doctor’s office is important… Read more »

Demand questions are the elephant in the room with autonomous vehicles

Say you live 1.3 miles from a subway station or a bus route that would offer you direct access to your job. Then picture an autonomous vehicle looping through your neighborhood every 20 minutes or so to take you and your neighbors straight to that access point. All of a sudden, you would be pretty… Read more »

Pros and cons of autonomous vehicles will be a roller coaster ride

Autonomous vehicles appear to be wonderful in many ways. They will help seniors and young people get places. They’ll reduce traffic accidents and making driving safer. They will eliminate vast swaths of parking. Then again, they may worsen the most harmful aspects of sprawl. They could create lost tax revenue. They may cripple public transit…. Read more »

Local transit agencies have a key role to play in global climate pact

Last month, President Donald Trump pulled the United States out of the global climate pact, the Paris Agreement, prompting cities, states, investors, businesses, organizations of all sizes, and everyday Americans to step forward and pledge to continue fighting climate change. But passive support like gathering signatures isn’t enough. If you really want to do something, you… Read more »

As e-bikes grow in popularity, here are some things to know

With electric bicycles gaining popularity – and with their real potential to give drive-alone commuters a more realistic, better option than traditional bikes – people keep asking questions. And why wouldn’t they be intrigued? E-bikes are practical, they’re cool, and they’re making our lives a lot easier. For individuals, e-bikes can make long, hilly commutes… Read more »

California vanpools using Teslas to more efficiently ease traffic congestion

This article is excerpted from the Association for Commuter Transportation’s ACT Connections Newsletter. If asked under cover of darkness and with a promise of anonymity, most vanpool program managers will admit that, with their industry, “the more things change, the more they stay the same.” People load the van, get low gas mileage, and schlep… Read more »

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How ride-hailing is disrupting transit, the auto industry, and our communities

This is a two-part series on ride-hailing carpool-like services. Part 1 introduced us to Via, now operating in Washington D.C., and included the results of a test ride with the service. Via launched in 2012 in Manhattan and now also operates in Chicago and Washington, D.C. And it’s similar to other services such as San Francisco’s… Read more »

What rebuilding in New Orleans means for transportation options

This article is excerpted from a longer version at Arlington Transportation Partner’s blog. Having previously only spent one business day in New Orleans, I wasn’t sure what I’d experience besides beads, jazz, seafood, and hot-heavy-humid air at the Association for Commuter Transportation’s (ACT) recent annual conference there. I certainly didn’t expect to become smitten with a city… Read more »