Transit Tech

Community Design
Self Driving Car

Autonomous Vehicles Are a Traffic Solution Only Alongside Better City Planning

Tuesday, July 21, 2015 1:07 PM

Autonomous vehicles – or self driving cars – are promoted as a solution to congestion because researcher Todd Litman and many others expect that sensors will allow cars to travel closer together. But it has been proved time and time again that road-widening leads to induced demand, which means that additional lanes get just as […]






by Chris Plano
Transit Tech
Adil Yalcin

Transit Data Gets More Intriguing As the Way It’s Presented Improves

Monday, July 13, 2015 3:45 PM

Adil Yalcin said he was always frustrated that so many data-analysis programs require the user to pick the design of the data visualization. In other words, the users had to decide if they wanted to view the information as a line graph, chart, or other map. In an effort to simplify the process, the student […]






by Amy Eagleburger
Community Design
Split_tech_co

Transportation Startups Could Be the “Next Great Small Business”

Tuesday, July 7, 2015 3:50 PM

The new shared-ride mobility company Split, operating out of Washington D.C., was one of two transportation startups recognized in the recent Tech.Co Startup Competition in Arlington, Virginia. Split was deemed the standout of the two, being awarded second-place overall in the competition. It’s similar to Uber and Lyft in that it is an app-enable ride-hailing […]






by Paul Goddin
Pop Culture
Aurora Nou 900

5 Apps for Catching Your Train and Being Productive on D.C.’s Metro

Tuesday, July 7, 2015 9:56 AM

Mobility Lab’s Transportation Techies has grown wildly to include more than 900 members in the Washington D.C. region since its founding a year-and-a-half ago – and the latest event featured its best show yet. Here are a few of the projects presented at June’s Metro Hack Night III (look for more from this session to […]






by Amy Eagleburger
Policy
Subway tech

National Academies Find That Open Data is a No-Brainer for Transit Agencies

Friday, June 19, 2015 10:45 AM

While transit agencies have long been measuring their performance based on the data they keep, a new world of “open data” is providing the opportunity for anyone to analyze and visualize performance in ways that have almost never been possible. The National Academies – which advises Congress on science, engineering, and medicine – has now […]






by Carol Schweiger
Economic Prosperity
Carpoolin

New App Connects Coworkers to Ride Together

Thursday, June 18, 2015 12:04 PM

Commuters who regularly endure traffic jams and long travel times to work sometimes consider carpooling as an alternative, but it’s not always simple to find people to share a ride. A new app called Ride aims to change all that. Launched in April, Ride hopes to connect coworkers who have similar routes to work – reducing […]






by Amy Eagleburger
Commentary
UBER_HQ

Should Uber Get Special Treatment? A Look at Sharing-Economy Rules

Wednesday, June 10, 2015 11:22 AM

Sharing-economy companies like Uber, Lyft, and AirBnB continue to disrupt industries as they create services that are incredibly appealing to consumers. Whatever your opinion on these companies, the decision regarding if, and how much, they should be regulated is important. It will help determine the speed of technological innovation in the U.S. and the direction […]






by Paul Goddin
Commentary
Social media voting

Transit Agencies Need Online Savvy to Influence Politics

Tuesday, June 2, 2015 12:09 PM

Surveying and research modeling for transit ballot measures typically happens in the final crunch before elections. But Scott Wilkinson, founder of AlphaVu, makes a compelling case for transit agencies and transportation strategists to stay focused on how people are talking about them 365 days a year. “In transit, we’re feeling gun-shy. We’re used to people […]






by Paul Mackie
Economic Prosperity
Split

Uber, Lyft Get a Carpool Competitor in D.C.

Friday, May 22, 2015 3:30 PM

Boston-based Bridj recently launched limited service between Capitol Hill and Dupont Circle in Washington D.C. to help fill a niche not being targeted by buses. Another company, Split, launched just a couple days ago and is similar to Uber and Lyft in that you order a car to your location to taxi you to your destination. The […]






by Jonathan Bollhoefer
Education
MBTA Twitter

How Transit Agencies Can Manage the “Blizzard” of Negativity on Twitter

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 11:45 AM

Agencies that use Twitter to respond to users’ complaints or answer questions get more positive Twitter reaction and more civil discourse online, according to Lisa Schweitzer, the author of a recent award-winning study analyzing tweets of public transit agencies. “It’s about the marketing potential of social media — a lot of public transit agencies are […]






by Janna Starcic