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Academia Giving Cities Lots of Ideas to Improve Traffic

It’s a really good thing that some of the very best academic institutions in the world are moving to influence business and government.  Take the anecdotal of my voyage to attend and speak at this week’s 2015 Disrupting Mobility Summit: I Uber-ed from home for the first-mile to the D.C. Metro, which took me right to… Read more »

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How to “Get Sh*t Done” In the Face of Transportation Bureaucracy

Thank goodness this book is out. Start-Up City – Inspiring Private & Public Entrepreneurship, Getting Projects Done, and Having Fun is sorely needed right now. Cities are at the forefront of taking on addressing issues at the intersection of demographics, technology, transport, climate, housing, equity, and health, but are largely ill equipped to respond. Entrepreneur,… Read more »

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Biggest Transportation Innovation? People Reclaiming Their Streets

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… Read more »

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Carsharing growing around the world with more user-friendly options

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… Read more »

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Free transit attracts riders and helps communities in more ways than one

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… Read more »

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

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… Read more »

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Arlington develops path for getting public on board with bikeshare

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… Read more »

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Uber’s plan for self-driving cars bigger than its taxi disruption

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… Read more »

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

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,… Read more »

Happy in the City

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

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…. Read more »