Policy

Mobility Lab Releases
Data Dudes

Transportation Agencies: Open Your Data Now

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 10:21 AM

An important tactic for transportation agencies to balance traveler demand on roads and transit is to give people the tools and information they need to make smart choices about how they get around. One such tool is rideshare matching – providing commuters with potential carpool or vanpool matches based on origin, destination, and time of […]






by Chris Hamilton
Community Design
Rep. Donald Beyer

Transit in U.S. Can Look to Swiss for Economic Vision, U.S. Rep. Beyer Says

Tuesday, May 12, 2015 4:10 PM

Over the past 41 years, U.S. Representative Donald Beyer’s business has sold 75,000 new and used cars. But the first-term Virginia Democrat deeply loves transit. Huh, you ask? “My real consciousness breakthrough came from living in Bern, Switzerland for four years [as U.S. Ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein]. The Swiss are the number-one train riders – […]






by Paul Mackie
Commentary
NACTO slideshow

More Bikeshare Stations is a Good Thing, But It’s Important to Be Realistic

Monday, May 11, 2015 11:02 AM

A new study from the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) says people use bikeshare more when a given area has more stations. But the study makes a density recommendation that’s going to be hard to ever meet, and not everyone agrees it’s a good idea in the first place. NACTO’s report, released April […]






by Paul Goddin
Economic Prosperity
Sizzle reel

Business Leaders Network to Make Transportation Easier in Arlington

Tuesday, April 21, 2015 4:58 PM

“One of the biggest benefits of being part of this program is learning what other companies are doing,” says Christine Ng of Environ, a science and technology consultancy that is one of hundreds of businesses served by Arlington Transportation Partners. Her compliment of ATP is captured in one of a series of videos shot at […]






by Paul Goddin
Community Design
Mayor Vincent Gray

Cities Must Understand Bikeshare Is Transit

Friday, April 17, 2015 10:52 AM

Bikeshare systems either have to make it on their own or be subsidized like the rest of the transportation system. This difference of opinion within the bikeshare industry was recently brought to light by an article at NextCity.org entitled San Antonio Bikeshare Threatens to Close Without Major Sponsor. But it isn’t such a black or white […]






by Chris Hamilton
Policy
Ashley in new train

Details in New Metro 7000 Trains Could Please Even the Grumpiest Riders

Tuesday, April 14, 2015 4:37 PM

At 7:12 on this rainy morning, the first 7000 series trains rolled into service on Washington D.C.’s Metro subway. Meant to replace the 280 remaining trains in the 1000 series that were delivered in 1976, the new trains are light-years ahead of their predecessors. Besides the various safety features that improve upon the 1000 series […]






by Ashley Robbins
Commentary
Woodsy Owl

For Earth Day, Accountability for Transportation Agencies May Begin with Environmental Messages

Wednesday, April 1, 2015 3:26 PM

As Earth Day approaches on April 22, it’s worth considering how well state departments of transportation talk about their environmental responsibilities. A new report by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Center for Excellence in the Environment, Benefits of Transportation: Telling America’s Transportation and Environment Story (full disclosure: I work for AASHTO […]






by Lloyd Brown
Commentary
Frozen Elevator

2 Main Reasons D.C. Transit Ridership is Decreasing

Thursday, March 26, 2015 11:58 AM

This article was also published at Greater Greater Washington. Americans took a record 10.75 billion trips on public transportation in 2014, according to annual ridership statistics released this month by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA). This is up from 10.65 billion trips in 2013, with the number of trips outpacing population growth. In a year […]






by Paul Goddin
Community Design
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SXSW Hackers Suggest Austin Transportation Improvements

Tuesday, March 17, 2015 12:33 PM

Austin, home to great music, festivals and tech, is also facing some great challenges. Thanks to its success, congestion, long commutes, and escalating housing costs are looming. For the first time, Austin’s South by Southwest (SXSW) festival is hosting Hack Our City. As part of the interactive program, five teams comprised of both locals and […]






by Lisa Nisenson
Activity Centers
Provincetown

We Need to Ask More Questions About How We Move Through Places

Friday, March 6, 2015 10:16 AM

There appears to be two lines of thinking about bicyclists and pedestrians in the modal mix. On the one hand, there is a growing movement for separated bicycle facilities – not just bike lanes but ones with a physical barrier offering true separation from automobile traffic. On the other hand, there is the idea of […]






by Monique Wahba