Economic Prosperity
Bikeshare survey 2014

How Capital Bikeshare Members Use System is Becoming Clearer

Tuesday, April 21, 2015 10:10 AM

Since Capital Bikeshare’s previous surveys in 2011 and 2012, members of the Washington D.C. region’s bikeshare program have grown a little older, become more widespread throughout the region (rather than simply being from the urban core), and become more prominently affluent white males. This latest survey (see the full survey and executive summary here) – […]

by Paul Mackie

Capital Bikeshare Member Survey, 2014

Tuesday, April 21, 2015 10:00 AM

The 2014 Capital Bikeshare Member Survey is the third edition of a survey of members with the Washington region’s Capital Bikeshare system. With more than 350 stations across the District of Columbia, Arlington County (VA), the City of Alexandria (VA), and Montgomery County (MD) at  the time of writing, thousands of the region’s residents and […]

by Stephen Crim
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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