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Watch: Governing the New Transportation Options

Tuesday, February 9, 2016 11:06 AM

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 […]

by Adam Russell
Policy
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Tech is Good, But We Need Transportation Planning for the City of the Future

Monday, February 8, 2016 4:47 PM

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 […]

by Howard Jennings
Community Design
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Bike Parking Gets People Riding – Here’s How to Build It Right

Monday, February 8, 2016 10:52 AM

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 […]

by Michael Ryan
Education
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The Numbers Game: Choosing the Right Metrics for Transportation Planning

Thursday, February 4, 2016 11:10 AM

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 […]

by Andrew Carpenter
Education
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In the Current Transportation Landscape, Do You Still Need to Own a Car?

Wednesday, February 3, 2016 11:33 AM

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 […]

by Paul Mackie
Policy
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Selling Bike Lanes: Lessons from Calgary’s Ambitious Biking Network

Thursday, January 28, 2016 1:39 PM

Whether it’s grounded in monetary costs or perceived traffic impacts, new bicycling infrastructure often raises a heated debate. But in Calgary, Alberta, the stakes were higher than normal when the issue of protected bike lanes came up for a vote by the city council in 2014. The city had proposed not just one lane project […]

by Adam Russell
Community Design
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Inside the Planning of Baltimore’s Transit Overhaul

Wednesday, January 27, 2016 10:40 AM

How to refresh a bus system to better serve a city Transit in the Baltimore region as offered by the Maryland Transit Administration has essentially been an ongoing expansion project since the inception of streetcar services in the late 19th century. While there have been efforts to update the bus network, as well as the overall […]

by Joshua Diamond
Community Design
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Debunking Common Myths about Bikeshare in the Suburbs

Thursday, January 21, 2016 11:56 AM

“There’s no need for a bikeshare station here. People in this neighborhood already have bikes.” As bikeshare expands beyond Arlington, Virginia’s densest neighborhoods along Metro corridors, this is a comment the county’s bikeshare planners hear a lot from the public. At first blush, it makes a certain amount of sense. If someone owns a bike, […]

by Jason Hardin
Community Design
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Three Ways to Transform Overbuilt Parking into Transportation Options

Friday, January 15, 2016 11:33 AM

The ills of minimum parking requirements – inducing demand for cars, increasing congestion, and raising the cost of real estate, to name a few – have been well documented. In the last decade, broad driving-related trends, such as decreases in car ownership per household and vehicle miles traveled, suggest requiring more than one parking space […]

by Michael Ryan
Economic Prosperity
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New York’s Overlooked Waterfront Transit is Expanding and Looking to Improve Equity Along the Way

Wednesday, January 13, 2016 4:11 PM

New York City is developing a new transportation network under the radar, and one that few might associate with New York transit: ferries. Speaking at this year’s TransportationCamp DC, James Wong, the New York City Economic Development Corporation director of ferries, explained how the proposed ferry expansion is – as described in his session’s title – […]

by Andrew Carpenter