Economic Prosperity

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Uber, Lyft Get a Carpool Competitor in D.C.

Friday, May 22, 2015 3:30 PM

Boston-based Bridj recently launched limited service between Capitol Hill and Dupont Circle in Washington D.C. to help fill a niche not being targeted by buses. Another company, Split, launched just a couple days ago and is similar to Uber and Lyft in that you order a car to your location to taxi you to your destination. The […]






by Jonathan Bollhoefer
Community Design
Rep. Donald Beyer

Transit in U.S. Can Look to Swiss for Economic Vision, U.S. Rep. Beyer Says

Tuesday, May 12, 2015 4:10 PM

Over the past 41 years, U.S. Representative Donald Beyer’s business has sold 75,000 new and used cars. But the first-term Virginia Democrat deeply loves transit. Huh, you ask? “My real consciousness breakthrough came from living in Bern, Switzerland for four years [as U.S. Ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein]. The Swiss are the number-one train riders – […]






by Paul Mackie
Commentary
NACTO slideshow

More Bikeshare Stations is a Good Thing, But It’s Important to Be Realistic

Monday, May 11, 2015 11:02 AM

A new study from the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) says people use bikeshare more when a given area has more stations. But the study makes a density recommendation that’s going to be hard to ever meet, and not everyone agrees it’s a good idea in the first place. NACTO’s report, released April […]






by Paul Goddin
Community Design
London Underline slideshow

London and Stockholm Boldly Reimagine Bicycle Commuting

Friday, May 8, 2015 2:23 PM

I recently compared two approaches to accommodating bicyclists and pedestrians in cities: separation (through protected bike lanes) and integration (through the modern woonerf). How are some of these approaches working in London, England and Stockholm, Sweden? London’s Possibilities I came across three different schemes either being considered or built to accommodate the growing number of […]






by Monique Wahba
Commentary
China mega-city

Is China Considering a Divorce From Its Car Culture?

Friday, May 1, 2015 3:10 PM

If the 20th Century was the era of America’s honeymoon with the car, the 21st has given way to the reluctant realization that this suitor has come with some baggage – air pollution, urban sprawl, obesity, and traffic congestion, to name a few. It is not just the U.S. that is contemplating a car “divorce.” […]






by Paul Goddin
Community Design
Bridj

Taking Bridj in D.C. Offers Great New Option, and Maybe Even Some Time Savings

Tuesday, April 28, 2015 1:30 PM

I switched up my usual commute this morning and ditched my bike for the chance to try out Bridj, a Boston-based “pop-up bus transit” startup company that launched this week in Washington D.C. The company offers flexible shuttle routes that adapt based on the locations of who has booked a ride during a given period […]






by Brendan Casey
Economic Prosperity
Sizzle reel

Business Leaders Network to Make Transportation Easier in Arlington

Tuesday, April 21, 2015 4:58 PM

“One of the biggest benefits of being part of this program is learning what other companies are doing,” says Christine Ng of Environ, a science and technology consultancy that is one of hundreds of businesses served by Arlington Transportation Partners. Her compliment of ATP is captured in one of a series of videos shot at […]






by Paul Goddin
Economic Prosperity
Bikeshare survey 2014

How Capital Bikeshare Members Use System is Becoming Clearer

Tuesday, April 21, 2015 10:10 AM

Since Capital Bikeshare’s previous surveys in 2011 and 2012, members of the Washington D.C. region’s bikeshare program have grown a little older, become more widespread throughout the region (rather than simply being from the urban core), and become more prominently affluent white males. This latest survey (see the full survey and executive summary here) – […]






by Paul Mackie
Community Design
Mayor Vincent Gray

Cities Must Understand Bikeshare Is Transit

Friday, April 17, 2015 10:52 AM

Bikeshare systems either have to make it on their own or be subsidized like the rest of the transportation system. This difference of opinion within the bikeshare industry was recently brought to light by an article at NextCity.org entitled San Antonio Bikeshare Threatens to Close Without Major Sponsor. But it isn’t such a black or white […]






by Chris Hamilton
Economic Prosperity
Festival bus

RYDE Helps Music Festivals Reduce Traffic with Crowd Sourcing

Tuesday, April 14, 2015 10:48 AM

Music festivals are social events, so why not extend that experience to include a fun trip to and from the sites? RYDE, founded by Brian Allman and business partners Bob Aube and Paul Misso, sells individual seats on large luxury buses for a fee much lower than the prohibitive cost of renting a whole bus. […]






by Amy Eagleburger