Environment

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
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
Economic Prosperity
Split

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
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
Education
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Arlington County First in Nation with Program to Ease Public-School Staff Commutes

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 12:29 PM

The only transportation demand management (TDM) program for public school faculty and staff in the U.S. has been created in Arlington County, Virginia. The program, called “ATP Schools,” is being administered by Arlington Transportation Partners (ATP), the employer-outreach arm of Arlington County Commuter Services. Funded by a grant from Virginia’s Department of Rail and Public […]






by Paul Goddin
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
Commentary
Woodsy Owl

For Earth Day, Accountability for Transportation Agencies May Begin with Environmental Messages

Wednesday, April 1, 2015 3:26 PM

As Earth Day approaches on April 22, it’s worth considering how well state departments of transportation talk about their environmental responsibilities. A new report by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Center for Excellence in the Environment, Benefits of Transportation: Telling America’s Transportation and Environment Story (full disclosure: I work for AASHTO […]






by Lloyd Brown
Environment
Moscow traffic

3 Tech Ideas to Vanquish Your Driving Headaches

Monday, February 2, 2015 3:34 PM

Even with the popularity of bikeshare and growing use of public transportation by Millennials, 87.8 percent of all commuting is done by car in the U.S., according to a January 2014 study by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Also, in 2014, IHS Automotive found a 1.5 percent increase in cars on the road versus 2013 […]






by Amy Eagleburger