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Earl Kiang and Panel of Judges at GMU Outside the Box Conference

Idea for Smarter Transit Fares Wins George Mason Competition

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 4:08 PM

Transit would be better served if the pay-per-ride and unlimited fare schemes that currently dominate were expanded to include more fine-tuned pricing structures similar to those offered by cell phone companies. That was the idea that won the recent second annual Outside the Box transportation conference and competition at George Mason University’s (GMU’s) School of Public Policy. Winner […]






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Bike Lane Walk

U.S. Government Should Improve Its Trip Data

Friday, July 18, 2014 11:00 AM

This article was originally published by the Alliance for Biking & Walking. There are two major surveys that are a tremendous help to bicycle and pedestrian advocates in better understanding the progress for our cause. They are great, yet they still could be much improved. The American Community Survey (ACS), which is performed every year […]






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Bike Parking Overtakes Auto Parking in Some Places

Wednesday, July 9, 2014 11:18 AM

At a recent tour of Kaiser Permanente Center for Total Health in Washington, D.C., Dr. Ted Eytan displayed a photograph of Kaiser Permanente’s Colorado Springs, Colorado medical office (see below), and asked: “In this picture, what’s the most toxic structure to humans?” You might guess the correct answer was the office building, or the carbon dioxide-emitting automobile. But […]






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TDM in Arlington

Demand-side Transportation Strategies Are Secret to Arlington’s Success

Monday, July 7, 2014 4:34 PM

Two recent headlines really sum it up nicely for Arlington County, Virginia. As Arlington Booms, Traffic Drops was written by Canaan Merchant in Greater Greater Washington and The Suburb of the Future is Here – How one city avoided the worst of suburbanization and revealed the path toward sustainable urban development was by Henry Grabar […]






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SFpark: A stylish change in parking policy for stylish San Francisco. Source: SFMTA.

When Parking Prices Are Based on Demand, Everybody Wins

Wednesday, June 25, 2014 4:21 PM

(This article was originally published by Greater Greater Washington.) When San Francisco let parking prices fluctuate with demand, drivers found it easier and faster to find parking. The city maximized its valuable curb parking spaces and modestly sped up buses. These are some of the results from a recently-released evaluation of SFpark, a pilot program that started in […]






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Bike Kids

Bicycling Gains Could Eventually Put U.S. Cities on Par with Copenhagen

Thursday, June 19, 2014 2:03 PM

The mainstreaming of bicycling is nothing short of a comeback story in the United States. Bicycle ridership generally is up, and so is bike commuting, particularly in some key urban markets. In automobile-congested but bicycle-friendly regions such as New York, San Francisco, and Washington D.C., the ability of bikes to outmaneuver automobiles and avoid headache-inducing […]






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Shanghai

Gamification, Technology, and Improving Transit Rider Satisfaction

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 10:42 AM

What’s the current state of the rider experience? Are transportation systems meeting the demands and expectations of the general public? These questions were posed to a panel of speakers at a plenary session of the Mobility Lab-sponsored Innovation in Public Policy Summit. Technology – in particular the power of information – was shown to be a […]






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Other Places Nipping at Heels of Arlington’s Transit-Oriented Development

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 1:29 PM

Arlington, Virginia has long been a national and local leader of transit-oriented development (TOD). It’s been the jurisdictional equivalent of an iPad when the majority of places were still desktop PCs. Now, many other places are patterning themselves based on the traits Arlington perfected; that is, relatively dense and containing mixed-use, walkable, and bikeable neighborhoods […]






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Are Fearful, Lurking Parents a Reason for Uninspired Transportation Choice?

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 10:38 AM

I’ve been enjoying danah boyd’s book titled It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens. She is a researcher from Microsoft, New York University and Harvard who toured the country for the past several years interviewing teens about why they seem so addicted to social media and whether they are destroying their brains and their […]






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Quick Fixes for Motorcycles, Scooters Would Improve D.C. Traffic

Friday, May 23, 2014 10:58 AM

The bike network in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area is alive and well. The Capital Bikeshare program is a wild success despite the bankruptcy of Montreal-based Public Bike System Co. (PBSC), the sole supplier of the program’s bicycles. Arlington bills itself as a place to get your fix for your car-free diet and boasts more […]






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