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Major U.S. DOT Study Emphasizes Need for More Transit, Biking, Walking

Friday, February 20, 2015 2:44 PM

Transit, bicycling, and pedestrian programs will be increasingly important in order to meet the country’s future transportation needs. That’s one conclusion that can be drawn from a new report by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) called Beyond Traffic. The report, currently still in draft form, is the Obama administration’s 30-year framework of our transportation […]






by Paul Goddin
Policy
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INFOGRAPHIC: Myth: Funding Public Transportation is Too Costly

Wednesday, February 11, 2015 1:49 PM

President Obama has released his proposed budget, which includes $478 billion over six years for infrastructure, including a much-needed 75 percent increase in transit spending. State DOTs would also be given incentives to expand bicycling and walking options, TIGER grant funding would be increased, and bridges would have some added money for repairs. If the […]






by Paul Mackie
Community Design
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Plowing Snow for People Who Bike Gives Arlington National Cachet

Thursday, February 5, 2015 3:17 PM

With a new program to plow snow from bike paths, the work of BikeArlington in Arlington County, Virginia has been recognized as a national leader with a feature in today’s Washington Post. “Arlington County has committed to clearing trails,” said Tim Kelley, operations manager for BikeArlington. “That’s been a huge thing — really, just in […]






by Paul Mackie
Economic Prosperity
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Arlington Businesses Honored as “Champions” of Making Transportation Easier

Wednesday, January 28, 2015 3:08 PM

This time of the year in Hollywood, award ceremonies happen almost every night. But in Arlington today, the only place to be was at the Arlington Transportation Partners (ATP) 2014 Champions Breakfast Ceremony. “Government can’t do it alone. This really is a partnership with the business community, and you’re work makes an enormous difference every […]






by Paul Mackie
Commentary
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Fully Driverless Cars Will Be Ready in 2060, Report Finds

Friday, January 16, 2015 3:16 PM

The impact of autonomous – driverless – vehicles is still a ways in the future, according to projections made in a new report by Todd Litman of the Victoria Transport Policy Institute (VTPI). As for autonomous vehicles’ impacts on traffic congestion, automobile accidents, and car ownership, the VTPI report projects that driverless vehicles will have […]






by Paul Goddin
Commentary
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Providing a Leg Up to Low-Income Americans with Rideshare, Carshare, and Bikeshare

Monday, January 12, 2015 12:23 PM

The past decade has seen an explosion in shared-use mobility. Bikeshare, carshare, and rideshare services have become welcome transportation options for Americans. They are even leading people to rethink the need for car ownership altogether. But how well do these new services connect low-income Americans with jobs and opportunities? They could do better, according to […]






by Paul Goddin
Policy
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DOT’s Chief Data Officer Looks Forward to Innovation at TransportationCamp

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 1:34 PM

Daniel Morgan was named the U.S. Department of Transportation‘s first chief data officer in July. He brought with him years of experience in advocating for open-data policies with the Open Forum Foundation and previously collaborated with DOT on open data while he was with PhaseOne Consulting. You could say he literally wrote the book on […]






by Amy Eagleburger
Community Design
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Mobility Lab’s Top 10 Stories of 2014

Monday, December 22, 2014 1:57 PM

Uber, Sidecar, and Lyft Are Great Options, But They Are Not Ridesharing Companies– Although these companies still mistakenly refer to themselves as “ridesharing” services, they should be commended for giving people more transportation options and beginning to allow people to actually share rides (thus, potentially taking drive-alone trips off the roads) through new offshoots like Lyft […]






by Paul Mackie
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
Commentary
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The Federal Government is Making Your Commute Worse

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 11:03 AM

There are a lot of reasons to be frustrated with the gridlocked federal government, but when it comes to transportation, this headline probably hits home the hardest. And it is the primary claim of a report released today, Subsidizing Congestion, by TransitCenter and The Frontier Group that describes the numerous ways in which a relatively […]






by Paul Goddin