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Uber

Redefining Uber: Why the Term Rideshare Doesn’t Fit

Thursday, April 17, 2014 10:00 AM

Uber and its ilk are cool and disruptive technologies, and our position at Mobility Lab is that additional transportation choices are always a good thing for consumers. But Uber’s habit of calling itself a “rideshare company” is getting out of hand. Neither Uber, Sidecar, nor Lyft fit any of the criteria of a rideshare, yet […]

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Transit Tech
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The Technology Behind a New Kind of Travel Planning

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 2:34 PM

The Arlington Transit Tech Initiative provides an exciting opportunity to rethink individual commute options and travel planning in general. Most existing travel-planning applications are well-suited for providing detailed, step-by-step directions for a particular trip at a particular time – for instance, how to travel from your home to your office on transit, leaving at 8:30 […]

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Transit Tech
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Arlington County Building High-Tech Commute-Planning Software

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 1:14 PM

Does the world need another commute planning app? It may surprise you to know that we think the answer is a resounding “yes.” The Arlington Transit Tech Initiative is creating commute-planning software to provide personalized information for travelers making trips throughout the Washington D.C. region. We’re developing this as an open-source project, with the code […]

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Environment
Apple

Apple Transportation Program Stuck in Past

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 10:37 AM

(This article was originally published by METRO Magazine.) As an avid iPhone user, I have bought into the sense that Apple could literally peer into the future and deliver me technology that I never realized I would so desperately need. For years, Steve Jobs and company seem to have been our reliable guides to a […]

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Commentary
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80 Percent of New York’s 150 Million Taxi Trips Could Be Shared

Monday, March 24, 2014 3:16 PM

I’ve been a big fan of MIT’s Senseable City Lab since I was a grad student at Penn. Their work sits at the intersection of cities and technology, and so I’ve always found it incredibly fascinating. Recently, the Lab examined data from all of New York’s 13,586 registered cabs and looked for ways that technology and mobile […]

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Pop Culture
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SXSW’s Top 5 Transportation Trends

Monday, March 24, 2014 1:54 PM

Building on the car and ride sharing startups of 2013, smart transportation was a strong category at SXSW Interactive 2014 this month in Austin, Texas. The five trends worth watching for 2014 and beyond are big data, the sharing economy, smarter apps, smarter systems, and driverless cars. 1.     Big Data Big data continues to be the […]

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Economic Prosperity
Watching the World Fly By

Six Tips for Cheap Amtrak Tickets

Thursday, March 20, 2014 4:11 PM

[Editor's note: This article was originally published at Amtrak's great blog. Go there for the full article. And if you've got the time to travel in leisure, comfort, and ease, Amtrak's offerings are quite a bit more affordable for cross-country travel throughout the U.S. than airline travel.] 1. Join Amtrak Guest Rewards Every time you […]

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Pop Culture
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Which Metro Line Best Connects You to Shops and Restaurants?

Wednesday, March 19, 2014 2:26 PM

Metro serves an important role for people who are car-free. And in fact, those 106 miles of track make it possible for many people to be car-free in the first place. But Metro is only one half of the equation; you still need the places you visit to be physically close to the Metro station. […]

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How To
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What If We Sold Transit Fares Like Cell-Phone Minutes?

Monday, March 10, 2014 4:13 PM

How many cell-phone minutes do you pay for in a month? Or gigabytes of data? Are you on a family plan? Do you get a group discount from work? What does this even have to do with transit? If we think of a transit trip like we do a cell-phone minute (or megabyte) we start […]

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Transit Tech
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An Open Data Standard Would Help Public Discover Bikesharing

Thursday, March 6, 2014 4:19 PM

Should the bikeshare industry adopt an open data standard? As bikesharing spreads to more cities, having a common method for accessing and analyzing data will become more important. We know that transit systems work best when agencies concentrate on their core mission. Transit agencies are not in the information technology business; all they should do […]

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