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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
Commentary
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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
Economic Prosperity
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Transit Comfort Begins with Great Customer Service

Thursday, February 19, 2015 3:02 PM

There’s a story that’s popular in business schools. A blizzard in the California Sierras had knocked out all communications and deliveries to customers of a California FedEx office. Unable to meet the company’s “absolutely, positively delivered overnight” guarantee, a junior FedEx staffer, without approval of his managers, rented a helicopter (charging it on his personal […]






by Paul Goddin
Economic Prosperity
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Boeing Flies Right on Transportation Options

Friday, February 13, 2015 12:33 PM

Boeing’s new regional headquarters has opened in the Crystal City neighborhood of Arlington, Virginia. And it’s an example of how a large company can prop up a local economy while minimizing its impact on traffic congestion. Boeing chose Crystal City because of its location across the Potomac River from Washington D.C., and for the multiple […]






by Keara Mehlert
Economic Prosperity
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Arlington Hotels Helping Drive Public-Transportation Ridership

Tuesday, February 10, 2015 10:34 AM

When it comes to public transportation, some of Arlington, Virginia’s most forward-thinking businesses are in the hospitality industry. A handful of hotels have recently been recognized for their initiatives, in partnership with Arlington Transportation Partners (ATP), to implement transit benefits and educate their employees about the area’s transportation options. They were honored at a recent […]






by Maggie Awad
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
Commentary
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2 Down Sides to Low Gas Prices

Thursday, February 5, 2015 11:52 AM

Our wallets may feel a bit heaver these days, due to the current five-year low in U.S. gasoline prices (to under $2 per gallon in some locations). These same low gas prices, though, also produce some unexpected negative consequences. Two new studies demonstrate, specifically, how low gas prices impact transit ridership and property values. Gas […]






by Paul Goddin
Economic Prosperity
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How Uber Envisions Driving Down the Cost of Transportation

Wednesday, February 4, 2015 2:28 PM

A few days ago, Bill Gurley — who is an investor in Uber — wrote a really fascinating blog post called, Uber’s New BHAG (Big Hairy Audacious Goal): UberPool. I’ve touched on UberPool briefly before. But basically it’s a true “ridesharing” service in which people with overlapping routes can easily share the same car — […]






by Brandon G. Donnelly
Economic Prosperity
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Arlington Businesses Honored as “Champions” of Making Transportation Easier

Wednesday, January 28, 2015 3:08 PM

This time of the year in Hollywood, award ceremonies happen almost every night. But in Arlington today, the only place to be was at the Arlington Transportation Partners (ATP) 2014 Champions Breakfast Ceremony. “Government can’t do it alone. This really is a partnership with the business community, and you’re work makes an enormous difference every […]






by Paul Mackie
Commentary
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More Jobs Created Through Public Transportation Than Roads

Thursday, January 22, 2015 12:48 PM

A large number of people across the country live in neighborhoods with very poor transit options, and many of them don’t have incomes generous enough to support car ownership. How does someone manage to find a job and continue to arrive on time to work in this situation? Many advocates have suggested that car-ownership assistance […]






by Chris Plano