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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 »

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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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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 »

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Tech is good, but we need transportation planning for the city of the future

This article was originally published by EcoLocalizer and CleanTechnica. What does transportation in the U.S. city of the future look like? Mobility Lab gets asked this a lot because it’s clear that people have had it with the crushing traffic that dominates most of our cities, and 3 out of 4 people are frustrated by their lack of… Read more »

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Bike parking gets people riding – Here’s how to build it right

Arlington County updates its guide to bicycle parking best practices What do the cities with the highest percentage of bicycle commuters have in common? The first answer that comes to mind may be on-street bicycle facilities with wonky names like “sharrows” or “cycle tracks.” While excellent surface infrastructure is important, another piece of the truth… Read more »

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The numbers game: Choosing the right metrics for transportation planning

Last month, the Federal Highway Administration signaled it would follow California’s footsteps in encouraging moves away from Level of Service, a metric that encourages car-centered planning, toward ones favoring other, more beneficial ways people can travel. These moves demonstrate the understated importance of measurements in forming how, and by what mode, localities encourage people to… Read more »