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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
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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
Mobility Lab Releases
Data Dudes

Transportation Agencies: Open Your Data Now

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 10:21 AM

An important tactic for transportation agencies to balance traveler demand on roads and transit is to give people the tools and information they need to make smart choices about how they get around. One such tool is rideshare matching – providing commuters with potential carpool or vanpool matches based on origin, destination, and time of […]






by Chris Hamilton
Toolkit
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Bikeshare Opens Major Possibilities for People Who Use CarFreeAtoZ

Thursday, May 14, 2015 11:36 AM

One of the key strengths of bikeshare is how it effectively expands the transportation network for its users. It unlocks new travel options that might not otherwise be possible, even for people with their own bikes. Now that CarFreeAtoZ supports bikeshare as an option, we can begin to see this impact more clearly than ever. […]






by David Emory
Toolkit
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D.C. Region’s First Capital Bikeshare-to-Transit App Unveiled by Arlington County

Thursday, May 14, 2015 11:36 AM

Along with bike-to-transit and drive-to-transit, people traveling throughout the Washington D.C. region – for the first time – can now search for bikeshare-to-transit directions as part of their trip planning. To see if your commute would benefit from Capital Bikeshare, start by going to CarFreeAtoZ.com. Follow the guide to submit your home and work address […]






by Trevor Gerhardt
Mobility Lab Releases
Trevor at Conveyal

Arlington Incubates Its Latest Transit-Tech Project

Wednesday, May 6, 2015 12:12 PM

It takes a certain amount of chutzpah to compete with the likes of Google, but that’s what a little start-up named Conveyal is doing. The firm creates digital tools to help transport authorities better communicate the wide array of available mobility options. Its new product is similar in functionality to Google Maps and the many […]






by Paul Goddin