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Transportation planners need to use tech to catch up to public demand

Technology – from broad improvements like GPS to the autonomous cars still on the horizon – is swallowing many of the advances our engineers and planners have made since the invention of the Model T. It’s scary, and perhaps a little disheartening, for cities and their transportation agencies. But it also presents a do-or-die opportunity for… Read more »

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What is TDM? Shaping a new era of transportation options

Here at Mobility Lab, we throw around the term “transportation demand management,” or “TDM” for short, as the core concept that unites our research and coverage. But the idea itself is one that is often not present in the widespread public understanding of and discussions about transportation and transit issues. Hence the purpose of our… Read more »

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Highway congestion, America’s Soviet bread line problem, needs a price

How are America’s roadways like Soviet bread lines? Both are crowded and time-consuming because individuals aren’t paying the right value for the things they want. Congestion pricing offers a solution. In the middle of the 20th century, on both sides of the Iron Curtain, people saw healthy doses of propaganda about the material benefits that… Read more »

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Filling up seats in cars: The future of driving

Every day, millions and millions of car seats are shuttled through cities and communities, completely empty. Within them lies untapped potential for behavioral changes that could make our transportation system more efficient, less polluting, and cheaper. Sharing rides – bringing back the once-popular carpool option – has become easier and easier as attitudes and technology change. By… Read more »

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In the current transportation landscape, do you still need to own a car?

Veronica O. Davis gave up her car about three years ago. A big reason for that was the growing availability of Capital Bikeshare in all the places she needed to get to in and around Washington, D.C. Of course, not everyone in D.C., or the rest of the United States, has access to bikeshare, but… Read more »

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Video: What excites TransportationCampers?

TransportationCamps bring together so many different kinds of planners, advocates, engineers and enthusiasts. The most recent one, in the Washington, D.C., region, gave us a chance to check out all the exciting work that’s happening across the country in the transportation field. Take a look at our new video above, in which Mobility Lab’s Paul… Read more »

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Transportation Bill Misses Boat on Most Exciting Aspects of Industry

From the fast-moving on-demand economy to increases in non-auto trips for Americans, one would think Congress would be trying to at least keep up with the latest trends in transportation. But when the U.S. House of Representatives likely passes its bipartisan, $325 billion Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform (STRR) Act of 2015 this week, it appears… Read more »

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Contest Reveals Importance of People’s Non-Commute Trips

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… Read more »

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Slow Down! And Four Other Ways to Make People Love Cyclists

Just as there are two Americas, there are two types of cyclists. First, there are the Cyclists with a capital “C,” clad in Lycra and obsessed with speed. These cyclists probably spent upwards of $1,000 on a bike, are often male, and everything about them signals that cycling is not for mere mortals. These adrenaline… Read more »

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Film Festival Helps Build Roanoke Bike Culture

RIDE Solutions in Roanoke, Virginia has a long history of working with the local arts and culture scene to reduce traffic in the region. We have worked with: the Roanoke Arts Commission on: an art bike rack, a bicycle-based tour of public art installations, and a program called Art by Bus the independent Roanoke Arts… Read more »