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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
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
Commentary
Litman

Transit is Efficient, Attractive, Enjoyable, Prestigious, and, Yes, Safe

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 5:44 PM

Transit is a very safe form of transportation, not only in terms of safety from accidents, but also in terms of personal security from crimes and theft. A new study authored by Todd Litman of the Victoria Transport Policy Institute argues that the narrative for transit needs to be changed to emphasize this fact. Litman’s […]






by Paul Goddin
Commentary
DeMaio

Bikeshare: Still the New Kid on the Block for Transportation

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 2:53 PM

This month’s Transportation Techies Meetup group, at the WeWork co-working space in Washington D.C., was all about what we know from the growing catalog of studies on bikeshare systems. The World’s Best Bikeshares When Colin Hughes and Jacob Mason of the Institute for Transportation and Development Planning (ITDP) asked the attendees which system is the best, […]






by Amy Eagleburger
Commentary
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TransitScreen Looks to Keep Up With Fast-Changing Transportation Landscape

Thursday, December 11, 2014 2:07 PM

The Washington D.C. area has a deceptively large number of transportation options. Metro, bikeshare and city buses, of course, but what about the D.C. Circulator busline or the Fairfax Connector buses? Is Car2Go actually the best way to get downtown in a hurry? Is there a way to provide this information that would push commuters […]






by Amy Eagleburger
Commentary
Real Estate

Real-Estate Investors: Pay Attention to 18-Hour Cities, Millennials, and Infrastructure in 2015

Tuesday, December 9, 2014 3:41 PM

Urbanization – migration away from the suburbs and to the central city – will be the biggest real estate trend in 2015, according to a new report from the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). The Emerging Trends in Real Estate report, in its 36th year of publication, makes projections in commercial and residential […]






by Paul Goddin
Commentary
M_google

Time is On Our Side With Automated Vehicles

Wednesday, December 3, 2014 3:30 PM

A man climbs into the cab of a tractor trailer, hauling himself into the massive driver’s seat and shutting the door behind him as if settling into a captain’s chair. The steering wheel is massive, evoking the wheel of a mighty sailing ship even at it protruds from a dashboard covered in electronic controls and […]






by Jeremy Holmes