Transit Tech

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Ride-Hailing Services Present Major Gap in Access for People with Disabilities in the D.C. Area

Monday, October 5, 2015 1:22 PM

Many regions – like the Washington, D.C., area – are fortunately and rapidly adding a multitude of transportation options, especially in the realms of on-demand mobility and ride-hailing. In August, Arlington Transportation Partners set out to highlight this variety of modes and options in the District through a creative “commute race” from Petworth to ATP’s […]

by Carol Tyson
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Carsharing Growing Around the World with More User-Friendly Options

Monday, September 28, 2015 11:18 AM

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 […]

by Paul Mackie
Economic Prosperity
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Through Open Data, Taxis Can Be a Platform for Innovation

Wednesday, September 23, 2015 3:01 PM

There’s no denying transportation network companies like Uber and Lyft have changed for-hire transportation forever. Now, in Montgomery County, Maryland, the Washington, D.C., area, and across the country, there has been a dire need to adapt taxi regulations in the face of the rapidly changing industry. While these transportation network companies (TNCs) are valuable options, […]

by Hans Riemer
Economic Prosperity
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“Bus Bunching” Being Solved in D.C. Thanks to Low-Cost Technology

Thursday, September 17, 2015 1:50 PM

Bus bunching is one of the biggest problems that city transportation networks face. It’s when buses – due to traffic, delays in loading and unloading passengers, or variations in driver speed – cause other buses from the same route to be unevenly spaced. Instead of arriving every 10 minutes, multiple buses from the same route […]

by Amy Eagleburger
Community Design

Metro Helping Blind People Better Navigate D.C. Transit

Thursday, September 17, 2015 11:25 AM

Transit agencies have an opportunity to follow the cutting-edge initiatives for the blind that have already been introduced in places like retail outlets Macy’s and American Eagle, and most Major League Baseball ballparks. With a grant from ClickandGo Wayfinding, Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind and the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) are harnessing the […]

by Amy Eagleburger
Community Design

Bicycling in Cleveland is Easy, Fun, and Something Everyone Should Try

Wednesday, September 9, 2015 9:12 AM

What do General Motors, Samsung, and Duke and Ohio State universities all have in common? They have each launched bikeshare systems in the past year brought to them by Zagster, a private, venture-funded startup that launched as CityRyde back in 2007 in Philadelphia. Visiting Cleveland, Ohio this week for the Content Marketing World conference, I […]

by Paul Mackie
Community Design
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Uber’s New Wave of Urban Design. Are Cities Ready?

Tuesday, September 8, 2015 11:32 AM

As far as billion-dollar companies go, if Walmart is the poster child of sprawl, could Uber be the new face of smart growth? Uber, best known for its smartphone-based taxi service, is expanding rapidly with initiatives less about individual rides and more about mass mobility. So far, reactions to Uber’s plans for driverless vehicles, “smart […]

by Lisa Nisenson
Pop Culture

In Rush-Hour D.C., Abundance of Transportation Options Look “Amazing”

Wednesday, September 2, 2015 1:41 PM

At Arlington Transportation Partners (ATP) and goDCgo, our job is to encourage residents and visitors in the Washington D.C. metro region to consider sustainable and active commutes. So we decided to try some of the many options in our first annual “Amazing Commuter Race.” In our book, the best ways to travel come down to cost, […]

by Maggie Awad
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

Tuesday, September 1, 2015 1:20 PM

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 […]

by Paul Goddin
Community Design
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Walking, the Oldest Form of Public Transportation, Goes High Tech

Monday, August 24, 2015 10:05 AM

For finding out what’s hot in the world of “people tracking,” Walk Hack Night at Mobility Lab on Thursday was the place to be. Co-sponsored by WalkArlington, the event featured a handful of innovators speaking to a standing-room-only crowd of about 80 members of the Transportation Techies group in rapid-fire presentations on why knowing more […]

by Paul Mackie