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Amtrak midwest, Jonathan Reyes

Outside of the Northeast, Amtrak plays an overlooked role in connecting communities

Editor’s note: This is part six of our summer Transpo(nation) series, as Andrew bicycles across the U.S. – from San Francisco back across to Washington D.C. – to report on transportation-demand issues. Due to a series of tornado watches and significant hail storms, I had trouble biking out of Denver to cross the Great Plains. Especially… Read more »

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REI knows that free Capital Bikeshare rides is sound business strategy

For business owners, embracing bicycle and pedestrian traffic – not to mention transit access – should be a better business strategy than getting car traffic to their locations. Realty companies understand this, and they should know better than most. But REI, the outdoor-adventure store, is taking this fact to the highest level: it is offering… Read more »

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College Park’s mBike brings accessible bikeshare to the region

A new bikesharing system, mBike, recently launched in a partnership between the city of College Park, the University of Maryland, and bikeshare operator Zagster. The mBike program has 125 bikes that serves students, faculty, staff, and residents on the university campus and in the surrounding city. Though it’s not compatible with Capital Bikeshare, what’s particularly… Read more »

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Affordable housing and transit should go hand-in-hand

The term “affordable housing finance” isn’t quite as catchy as “carshare,” “bikeshare,” or any of the other technology improvements helping promote transportation demand management. Yet for low-income members of our communities, who stand to benefit the most from those solutions, affordable housing finance should be considered, and put to use as, a TDM strategy. In… Read more »

Seattle TransitScreen, SDOT

Publicly visible transit info helps people make smart decisions

Displays make the process of taking transit easier A longer version of this post originally appeared on the TransitScreen blog. There’s a trillion-dollar trend called the ‘Internet of Things” – simply put, adding small computers to physical objects, and connecting everything together over the internet so useful information can be collected. When a recent McKinsey… Read more »

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Federal agencies highlight the intersection of housing and transportation

People often consider the costs of owning or renting a home and getting to and from it as completely separate items in their budgets. They also likely consider these items as highly personal and local matters beyond the influence of the federal government. But U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and Housing Secretary Julian Castro made the… Read more »

Bikeshare in London

Bikeshare’s future looks great – If cities can address these key challenges

As 2016 rumbles on, the forecasts and fortune telling for the new year continues apace. In transportation, the headlines have mainly been won by the automobile of the future: driverless, electric, perhaps ownerless. I would like to put forward another candidate for transport form of the future: bikeshare, or as it’s known in the UK, cycle hire…. Read more »

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New York’s overlooked waterfront transit is expanding and looking to improve equity along the way

New York City is developing a new transportation network under the radar, and one that few might associate with New York transit: ferries. Speaking at this year’s TransportationCamp DC, James Wong, the New York City Economic Development Corporation director of ferries, explained how the proposed ferry expansion is – as described in his session’s title –… Read more »

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If “shopping small” can help local economies, why not “driving small?”

While the final numbers have yet to be released, preliminary reports suggest this was a merry holiday season for U.S. retailers. A MasterCard survey reports sales were up 8 percent over 2014, and that lower gas prices played a significant role in what consumers spent this past year – suggesting the money they saved in… Read more »

T rider, Banakas

Turning to your customers for advice

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 »