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TransitScreen Looks to Keep Up With Fast-Changing Transportation Landscape

Thursday, December 11, 2014 2:07 PM

The Washington D.C. area has a deceptively large number of transportation options. Metro, bikeshare and city buses, of course, but what about the D.C. Circulator busline or the Fairfax Connector buses? Is Car2Go actually the best way to get downtown in a hurry? Is there a way to provide this information that would push commuters […]






by Amy Eagleburger
Economic Prosperity
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San Francisco Law Helps Companies and Their Employees Ease Their Commutes

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 2:39 PM

Over the past few months, Washington D.C. and New York City have each passed laws for employee commuter benefits, and Honolulu and Kansas City are considering it. So why the growing interest? Probably partly because these cities have seen how, in San Francisco, there has been an increase in the use of sustainable commuting modes […]






by Krute Singa
Economic Prosperity
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Companies Using Games to Promote Active Employee Transportation

Tuesday, September 9, 2014 1:58 PM

Gamification will have a significant impact on mobility, traffic, and transportation. Games engage and involve people, and contestants solve problems and learn while playing. Apply the game principle to the field of transportation and the opportunity arises to work on hard-to-change habits such as the daily commute or texting while driving. One of the very […]






by Lucien Linders
Commentary
Sound Transit

Why Streetcars Aren’t a Waste of Money

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 10:52 AM

This article was originally published at Architect This City. Last weekend a friend of mine sent me an article from The Economist talking about why trams, streetcars, and light rail are a waste of money. The argument is basically that steetcars are expensive, less efficient, and that — despite North America’s renewed interest in them — […]






by Brandon G. Donnelly
Environment
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Hitchhiking Goes High Tech: The Story Behind CarmaHop’s Upcoming Launch

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 12:18 PM

In 2010, my husband and I moved out to rural Northeast Kansas in order to live a more sustainable lifestyle. Our dream had one major flaw – a complete lack of public transportation. So these two save-the-planet sustainability groupies became just two more single-occupant vehicle drivers with big ugly carbon footprints. And we’re not alone. Forty-five […]






by Jenny O'Brien
Environment
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What Does Behavioral Science Have to Do With Transportation?

Thursday, July 10, 2014 4:38 PM

Arlingtonian Ben Foster dropped by Mobility Lab this week and shared his perspective with a few dozen transportation experts on how behavioral science can help us better understand how we make decisions and how different types of information can affect the ways in which we might change our routines. And as part of my company […]






by Kevin Webb
Commentary
SFpark: A stylish change in parking policy for stylish San Francisco. Source: SFMTA.

When Parking Prices Are Based on Demand, Everybody Wins

Wednesday, June 25, 2014 4:21 PM

(This article was originally published by Greater Greater Washington.) When San Francisco let parking prices fluctuate with demand, drivers found it easier and faster to find parking. The city maximized its valuable curb parking spaces and modestly sped up buses. These are some of the results from a recently-released evaluation of SFpark, a pilot program that started in […]






by Stephen Crim
Commentary
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Quick Fixes for Motorcycles, Scooters Would Improve D.C. Traffic

Friday, May 23, 2014 10:58 AM

The bike network in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area is alive and well. The Capital Bikeshare program is a wild success despite the bankruptcy of Montreal-based Public Bike System Co. (PBSC), the sole supplier of the program’s bicycles. Arlington bills itself as a place to get your fix for your car-free diet and boasts more […]






by Sam Krassenstein
Environment
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Celebrate Earth Day 2014

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 7:57 AM

Earth Day (celebrated nationally today) began in 1970 in response to a massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California, and was the beginning of the modern environmental movement. Today, the oil and automobile industries continue to remain lightning rods for environmentalists.

Here are some Earth Day events you can access via Metrorail, Capital Bikeshare, and or bus.






by Paul Goddin
Environment
Apple

Apple Transportation Program Stuck in Past

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 10:37 AM

(This article was originally published by METRO Magazine.) As an avid iPhone user, I have bought into the sense that Apple could literally peer into the future and deliver me technology that I never realized I would so desperately need. For years, Steve Jobs and company seem to have been our reliable guides to a […]






by Tom Fairchild