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MTA wait, David Barkan

Transit delay measurements should reflect how waits affect riders

It matters how transit agencies measure their own performance, not only internally but also for their riders. These measurements help agencies form the basic understanding of how reliable their services are and help them identify what needs to be improved. In a post today, transit advocacy and research organization TransitCenter notes how New York’s MTA could change… Read more »

Pentagon City Metro commuters

WMATA’s SafeTrack program will put regional TDM efforts to the test

Demand for travel options is becoming paramount Transportation demand management programs are often implemented gradually over years of outreach, education, and shifted behaviors, but the coming year will put traffic mitigation to the test. As the Washington Metropolitan Area Transportation Authority begins its SafeTrack Metro repair program, tens of thousands of commuters will be added… Read more »

Denver RTD construction, Jeffrey Beall

What does the new transportation landscape mean for public-private partnerships?

It’s safe to say that public-private partnerships, also known as P3s, have had a rocky history in the United States, with some major infrastructure projects costing cities more than anticipated or leaving them with questions over complex contracts. But as officials are now confronted with the rapidly expanding ways people are moving throughout their cities… Read more »

Capitol traffic, Mike Maguire

Different needs throughout U.S. complicate Congressional transportation policy

City, suburb, and rural differences present policy dilemmas No matter how divided politicians are across the U.S., Republicans and Democrats can still agree that sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic is something worth fixing. That said, the recently passed, five-year FAST Act transportation bill does represent a slight increase in funding, but has been largely criticized by… Read more »

Columbia Pike congestion

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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How will autonomous vehicles affect our day-to-day lives?

AASHTO, AMPO, ACT, APA, APTA, CTAA, EPA, NACo, NADO, NARC, T4A.* These are all acronyms for organizations, not to mention Mobility Lab, that are shooting for much of the same thing: to improve the quality of our lives and of our transportation options. However, we can’t help but notice that, despite our many common goals,… Read more »

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Who would be a transportation planner in this day and age?

Let’s face it, transport’s problems are, at best, getting no worse. In my nearest city of London, the average vehicle speed today is the same as it was in the days of the horse-drawn cart, with a vastly higher vehicle throughput. As mentioned by Howard Jennings and Paul Mackie’s article on February 8, transport is… Read more »

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Transportation redefined: Cities must work with shared mobility options

It’s no secret: transit agencies have been slow to adapt to the rapid changes in the ways people are moving around in cities. Think Uber. Fights between public agencies and newer companies have dominated headlines, compared to the trickle of news about partnerships that should be forming – all set to the backdrop of age-old… Read more »

Traffic in D.C.

U.S. DOT “overwhelmed” by applications to its Smart City Challenge

Did your city throw its hat in the ring? The unveiling last December of a competition for $50 million toward connected transportation systems has sparked a flurry of activity from interested cities. The U.S. Department of Transportation announced yesterday that 77 cities in 35 states (including the District of Columbia) had submitted applications outlining their… Read more »

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Watch: Governing the new transportation options

With federal support consistently failing to keep up with the changing landscape of shared-use and technology-based mobility options, what role can governments play in ensuring these systems address equity, access, and carbon pollution? Last fall’s Disrupting Mobility Summit in Cambridge, Mass., brought together a number of experts from within federal and local agencies to how these changes can… Read more »