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Ride-Hailing Services Present Major Gap in Access for People with Disabilities in the D.C. Area

Monday, October 5, 2015 1:22 PM

Many regions – like the Washington, D.C., area – are fortunately and rapidly adding a multitude of transportation options, especially in the realms of on-demand mobility and ride-hailing. In August, Arlington Transportation Partners set out to highlight this variety of modes and options in the District through a creative “commute race” from Petworth to ATP’s […]

by Carol Tyson
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12 Easy Tips to Help Local Governments Improve Transportation Options

Friday, October 2, 2015 1:20 PM

Self-reflection can yield some truly beneficial results for public agencies: what’s behind your success? What could you be doing more effectively? Two years ago, Arlington, Virginia’s Department of Environmental Services, the county’s second largest department, sought to get a handle on its many programs – and nearly 1,000 employees and contractors – by understanding those […]

by Chris Hamilton
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The Stories of Why People Bike

Thursday, October 1, 2015 12:01 PM

Everything you’ve heard about biking is true. It makes you happier, healthier and saves you time. Plus, it is good for the economy and the environment. And in the bike advocacy world, we talk about those benefits a lot. But if you are like most folks, a single statistic is not why you started riding […]

by Erin Potter
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Carsharing Growing Around the World with More User-Friendly Options

Monday, September 28, 2015 11:18 AM

Carsharing, which is projected in a new report to grow globally by about sixfold by 2024, is beginning to look like a reliable transportation option in places like the Washington D.C. region and beyond. “The U.S. has fewer cities than Europe with comprehensive public transit services, which is usually – but not always – a […]

by Paul Mackie
Economic Prosperity
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Pope Visit Highlights an Overlooked Option: Teleworking

Friday, September 25, 2015 1:35 PM

In the weeks ahead of Pope Francis’ visit to Washington, D.C., transportation agencies predicted three days of dire traffic and crowds flooding the District – comparable to those from a presidential inauguration. However, as the schedule of events played out, many residents were pleasantly surprised to see empty streets, light traffic, and significantly smaller crowds […]

by Adam Russell
Economic Prosperity
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Through Open Data, Taxis Can Be a Platform for Innovation

Wednesday, September 23, 2015 3:01 PM

There’s no denying transportation network companies like Uber and Lyft have changed for-hire transportation forever. Now, in Montgomery County, Maryland, the Washington, D.C., area, and across the country, there has been a dire need to adapt taxi regulations in the face of the rapidly changing industry. While these transportation network companies (TNCs) are valuable options, […]

by Hans Riemer
Economic Prosperity
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“Bus Bunching” Being Solved in D.C. Thanks to Low-Cost Technology

Thursday, September 17, 2015 1:50 PM

Bus bunching is one of the biggest problems that city transportation networks face. It’s when buses – due to traffic, delays in loading and unloading passengers, or variations in driver speed – cause other buses from the same route to be unevenly spaced. Instead of arriving every 10 minutes, multiple buses from the same route […]

by Amy Eagleburger
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Metro Helping Blind People Better Navigate D.C. Transit

Thursday, September 17, 2015 11:25 AM

Transit agencies have an opportunity to follow the cutting-edge initiatives for the blind that have already been introduced in places like retail outlets Macy’s and American Eagle, and most Major League Baseball ballparks. With a grant from ClickandGo Wayfinding, Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind and the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) are harnessing the […]

by Amy Eagleburger
Community Design

Bicycling in Cleveland is Easy, Fun, and Something Everyone Should Try

Wednesday, September 9, 2015 9:12 AM

What do General Motors, Samsung, and Duke and Ohio State universities all have in common? They have each launched bikeshare systems in the past year brought to them by Zagster, a private, venture-funded startup that launched as CityRyde back in 2007 in Philadelphia. Visiting Cleveland, Ohio this week for the Content Marketing World conference, I […]

by Paul Mackie
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Transit’s Simple Advantage? You Can Use Smartphones

Tuesday, September 1, 2015 1:20 PM

With public-transit use riding a 58-year high of 10.8 billion trips last year, it only makes sense to ask: why? One theory – now supported by new evidence – is that our smartphones and other mobile devices are encouraging people to choose transit instead of drive. These devices are not only changing the way we […]

by Paul Goddin