NYC DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg on Citi Bike

Biggest Transportation Innovation? People Reclaiming Their Streets

Wednesday, October 7, 2015 3:09 PM

American cities are adding bus and bike lanes, implementing bikeshare systems, and creating public plazas and miniature parks at a rapid pace. Urban streets, long the domain of automobiles, are increasingly being reclaimed by and for the people, a change that amounts to the biggest transportation innovation in recent years, according to a new report […]

by Paul Goddin
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Carsharing Growing Around the World with More User-Friendly Options

Monday, September 28, 2015 11:18 AM

Carsharing, which is projected in a new report to grow globally by about sixfold by 2024, is beginning to look like a reliable transportation option in places like the Washington D.C. region and beyond. “The U.S. has fewer cities than Europe with comprehensive public transit services, which is usually – but not always – a […]

by Paul Mackie
Mountain Line

Free Transit Attracts Riders and Helps Communities in More Ways Than One

Thursday, September 3, 2015 3:55 PM

In January, Missoula, Montana’s transit agency, Mountain Line, began a three-year, “zero-fare” demonstration project on its fixed-route and door-to-door services, meaning boarding passengers no longer pay to use the bus. Implementing a zero-fare system was part of a larger transit improvement package that includes late-night service on its four most popular routes, increased frequency on […]

by Monique Wahba
Commuters along Metra's Union Pacific northwest train line spend the majority of their journey glued to thier smartphones and tablets. (DePaul University/Jeff Carrion)

Transit’s Simple Advantage? You Can Use Smartphones

Tuesday, September 1, 2015 1:20 PM

With public-transit use riding a 58-year high of 10.8 billion trips last year, it only makes sense to ask: why? One theory – now supported by new evidence – is that our smartphones and other mobile devices are encouraging people to choose transit instead of drive. These devices are not only changing the way we […]

by Paul Goddin
Community Design
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Arlington Develops Path for Getting Public Onboard With Bikeshare

Wednesday, August 26, 2015 12:19 PM

While humans have been planning cities and transportation networks for millennia, planning for bikeshare is something new. In just the last few years, many American cities have launched ambitious bikeshare services – with systems in at least 78 major U.S. cities – all aimed at providing a new transportation option. Planners have learned much about […]

by Jason Hardin
Uber CEO

Uber’s Plan for Self-Driving Cars Bigger Than Its Taxi Disruption

Tuesday, August 18, 2015 1:08 PM

Uber has fundamentally changed the taxi industry. But its biggest disruption may be yet to come. The ride-hailing company has invested in autonomous-vehicle research, and its CEO Travis Kalanick (pictured above) has indicated that consumers can expect a driverless Uber fleet by 2030. Uber expects its service to be so inexpensive and ubiquitous as to make […]

by Paul Goddin
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Rebranding “TDM” Could Fix the Industry’s Communications Struggle

Tuesday, August 11, 2015 12:10 PM

Would a common definition of the term and practice of transportation demand management help the industry find other funding sources, do better lobbying for policies, and gain wider acceptance and popularity? And, as we at Mobility Lab constantly ponder internally, is the user-unfriendly term TDM keeping us from reaching these goals as well? Kirk Hovenkotter, […]

by Paul Mackie
Happy in the City

Health, Transportation, and City-Planning Connections To Get a Closer Look

Friday, July 17, 2015 11:44 AM

Living in an urban setting can have serious effects on mental health, such as: a 38 percent higher chance of having “any disorder” a 39 percent higher chance of having a mood disorder, and a 21 percent higher chance of having an anxiety disorder when compared to living in a rural area. And as Dr. […]

by Tarik Endale
Activity Centers

New Research Reveals the Costs of Sprawl to Municipal Coffers

Thursday, July 16, 2015 11:58 AM

Ever since the Roman Empire, local governments have had great control over land use. Today, municipalities control development using zoning regulations, tax policies, and infrastructure-investment decisions. Municipalities can choose to develop in an unconnected, low-density, suburban-style manner, or they can consider more compact, connected urban land uses. These decisions have enormous implications for a municipality’s finances, according […]

by Paul Goddin

Streets and Sidewalks Should Be Used to Improve Our Health

Thursday, July 9, 2015 12:27 PM

Streets and sidewalks take up 25 to 50 percent of a typical U.S. city’s land. New York City, for example, is on the lower end of that scale at 28 percent and Chicago (42 percent), Washington D.C. (43) and Portland, Oregon (47) are at the higher end. This, believe it or not, presents a huge […]

by Chris Hamilton