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Hailing a ride

Uber, Lyft Have Opportunity to Complement Local Transit Networks

Friday, March 27, 2015 1:07 PM

We hear a lot about how Uber and Lyft are impacting traditional taxis, but what of their potential impact on public transit? Tech-enabled ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft already appear to be acting as a complement to public transit. Uber analyzed its Los Angeles trip data to in this light. Over the course of […]






by Chris Plano
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
Commentary
Beyond Traffic graphic

Major U.S. DOT Study Emphasizes Need for More Transit, Biking, Walking

Friday, February 20, 2015 2:44 PM

Transit, bicycling, and pedestrian programs will be increasingly important in order to meet the country’s future transportation needs. That’s one conclusion that can be drawn from a new report by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) called Beyond Traffic. The report, currently still in draft form, is the Obama administration’s 30-year framework of our transportation […]






by Paul Goddin
Commentary
Street Space

Space Hogs Are Roadblocking the Happy City From Us

Friday, February 6, 2015 1:40 PM

Everyone hates sitting in traffic. Of course, congestion at peak commute times is to be expected. It’s admittedly very difficult to move millions of people within a very short window of time with limited road space. In most places road-widening to reduce congestion isn’t possible. But even if it were, we shouldn’t be so quick […]






by Chris Plano
Commentary
Gas prices

2 Down Sides to Low Gas Prices

Thursday, February 5, 2015 11:52 AM

Our wallets may feel a bit heaver these days, due to the current five-year low in U.S. gasoline prices (to under $2 per gallon in some locations). These same low gas prices, though, also produce some unexpected negative consequences. Two new studies demonstrate, specifically, how low gas prices impact transit ridership and property values. Gas […]






by Paul Goddin
Commentary
Tech city

D.C., S.F., Austin Among Top-Ranked Cities for Technology-Enabled Transportation

Wednesday, February 4, 2015 11:11 AM

Washington D.C. grabs the number-3 spot in a new study of 70 cities and the technology-enabled transportation options they offer. The Innovative Transportation Index, released today and authored by the Frontier Group and the U.S. PIRG Education Fund, looks at 11 different services – from ridesharing to real-time transit information – to identify which cities […]






by Amy Eagleburger
Commentary
Jobs Low Income

More Jobs Created Through Public Transportation Than Roads

Thursday, January 22, 2015 12:48 PM

A large number of people across the country live in neighborhoods with very poor transit options, and many of them don’t have incomes generous enough to support car ownership. How does someone manage to find a job and continue to arrive on time to work in this situation? Many advocates have suggested that car-ownership assistance […]






by Chris Plano
Commentary
Auto Car 500

Fully Driverless Cars Will Be Ready in 2060, Report Finds

Friday, January 16, 2015 3:16 PM

The impact of autonomous – driverless – vehicles is still a ways in the future, according to projections made in a new report by Todd Litman of the Victoria Transport Policy Institute (VTPI). As for autonomous vehicles’ impacts on traffic congestion, automobile accidents, and car ownership, the VTPI report projects that driverless vehicles will have […]






by Paul Goddin
Commentary
shared use

Providing a Leg Up to Low-Income Americans with Rideshare, Carshare, and Bikeshare

Monday, January 12, 2015 12:23 PM

The past decade has seen an explosion in shared-use mobility. Bikeshare, carshare, and rideshare services have become welcome transportation options for Americans. They are even leading people to rethink the need for car ownership altogether. But how well do these new services connect low-income Americans with jobs and opportunities? They could do better, according to […]






by Paul Goddin
Commentary
Groceries Bus stop

Transit is Key to Solving Our National Obesity Crisis

Wednesday, January 7, 2015 3:02 PM

A staple of every household’s week is a trip to the supermarket. Maybe you jump in your car for a 10-minute drive, or get on a bus or metro or your bike for a short ride. You likely don’t think much about this trip because it’s straightforward, simple. But in Baltimore, more than 73,000 people […]






by Chris Plano