Pop Culture

You might ask what mobility management has to do with pop culture. As Christopher Leinberger, land-use strategist and distinguished scholar at George Washington University, has stated, Hollywood does more market research than any other industry. Movies, television, music, and books not only reflect where we are as a culture, but where we want to go (often quite literally). If TV stars, superheroes, or zombies can assist in informing us on quality-of-life issues, start a dialogue, and get people out of their single-occupancy vehicles, then we’re all for it.

Commentary
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Millennials and City Dwellers Have Nearly Identical Transportation Preferences

Thursday, April 23, 2015 1:41 PM

If you were born after 1980, you’re a Millennial. But if you live in an urban area, you probably think like one, regardless of your age. That is the takeaway from the fifth annual survey of Millennials from Zipcar. Released this month, Zipcar’s report confirms something many of us have expected for quite a while: […]






by Paul Goddin
Economic Prosperity
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RYDE Helps Music Festivals Reduce Traffic with Crowd Sourcing

Tuesday, April 14, 2015 10:48 AM

Music festivals are social events, so why not extend that experience to include a fun trip to and from the sites? RYDE, founded by Brian Allman and business partners Bob Aube and Paul Misso, sells individual seats on large luxury buses for a fee much lower than the prohibitive cost of renting a whole bus. […]






by Amy Eagleburger
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
Education
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A Social-Media Playbook for Changing Commuting Behaviors

Tuesday, March 31, 2015 12:19 PM

Can social media be used to change a person’s commuting behavior or the way we design cities and transportation systems? There’s growing research to show how behaviors are influenced by networks, and specifically how social media can cause behavior changes that benefit society (such as decreasing energy consumption). The same principles, done correctly, could no doubt […]






by Paul Goddin
Pop Culture
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Tech “Hacks” Help Create Critical Mass for Bicycling

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 11:26 AM

The bicycle was created in the 1800s, but technology is keeping it relevant with “hacks” – or solutions – designed to get more people to use bike helmets, count ridership better, and reduce the obstacles keeping people from biking. These and other innovations were on display at the latest Transportation Techies event: Bike Hack Night […]






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
How To
SuperHeroes

Infrastructure Money Tight? Do Better Bus Marketing

Friday, March 6, 2015 2:08 PM

If cities want to reduce the need for expensive infrastructure improvements, they should brand and market their buses better, according to New York Times conservative commentator Josh Barro. Citing a 2009 report from the Federal Transit Administration, he notes there is evidence to believe that transit agencies could attract more discretionary or choice riders if […]






by Chris Hamilton
Education
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5 Ways Our Transportation Vocabulary Makes Absolutely No Sense

Friday, February 20, 2015 12:33 PM

Planners (myself included) love to bemoan our society’s over-reliance on the automobile. We attribute it to misguided-land use policies that promote sprawl, and funding biases that direct more money toward paving roads than expanding transit service. We even acknowledge that we are up against a “car culture” or “America’s love affair with the automobile” which […]






by Monique Wahba
Education
Transit Apps

7 Apps Public Transportation Users Need Now

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 4:38 PM

In days gone by, those who used public transit were at the mercy of the drivers or train operators, traffic, and fate. Sure, there were schedules, and you could read the daily newspaper or a paperback while you hoped, waited, and wished for your bus to show up, but that’s about it. Enter mobile applications […]






by Jay Deratany
Community Design
Rideshare

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