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An Inside Glimpse of How Parking is Going High Tech

Monday, February 23, 2015 2:23 PM

The January edition of Transportation Techies, titled “Autotopia,” focused on moving cars from A to B. And a key theme of the night was: where exactly are we going to stash all these cars once they arrive at their destinations? Parking garages along main thoroughfares can fill quickly, while garages down a back alley might […]

by Amy Eagleburger
Economic Prosperity

How Uber Envisions Driving Down the Cost of Transportation

Wednesday, February 4, 2015 2:28 PM

A few days ago, Bill Gurley — who is an investor in Uber — wrote a really fascinating blog post called, Uber’s New BHAG (Big Hairy Audacious Goal): UberPool. I’ve touched on UberPool briefly before. But basically it’s a true “ridesharing” service in which people with overlapping routes can easily share the same car — […]

by Brandon G. Donnelly
Tech city

D.C., S.F., Austin Among Top-Ranked Cities for Technology-Enabled Transportation

Wednesday, February 4, 2015 11:11 AM

Washington D.C. grabs the number-3 spot in a new study of 70 cities and the technology-enabled transportation options they offer. The Innovative Transportation Index, released today and authored by the Frontier Group and the U.S. PIRG Education Fund, looks at 11 different services – from ridesharing to real-time transit information – to identify which cities […]

by Amy Eagleburger
Moscow traffic

3 Tech Ideas to Vanquish Your Driving Headaches

Monday, February 2, 2015 3:34 PM

Even with the popularity of bikeshare and growing use of public transportation by Millennials, 87.8 percent of all commuting is done by car in the U.S., according to a January 2014 study by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Also, in 2014, IHS Automotive found a 1.5 percent increase in cars on the road versus 2013 […]

by Amy Eagleburger
Transit Apps

7 Apps Public Transportation Users Need Now

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 4:38 PM

In days gone by, those who used public transit were at the mercy of the drivers or train operators, traffic, and fate. Sure, there were schedules, and you could read the daily newspaper or a paperback while you hoped, waited, and wished for your bus to show up, but that’s about it. Enter mobile applications […]

by Jay Deratany
TCamp intros

“Best Conference Ever:” TransportationCamp’s Lab-Like Setting Energizes Attendees

Wednesday, January 14, 2015 12:42 PM

It’s 10 a.m. on Saturday and the TransportationCamp emcee chirpily asks participants – all 425 of them – to introduce themselves and then say three words about anything. The emcee said it wouldn’t take too long, but I was skeptical. In fact, I was skeptical about a lot of things. This was my first TransportationCamp […]

by Amy Eagleburger
TCamp The Board

TransportationCamp Provides a Twist on the Usual Academic Conference

Tuesday, January 13, 2015 11:31 AM

Four-hundred twenty-five transportation enthusiasts converged at George Mason University’s Arlington campus on Saturday in the largest TransportationCamp yet. The unconference – which occurs in other cities but also in Arlington just before the National Academies’ Transportation Research Board January conference in Washington D.C. – requires the participants to show up that day with session topics in […]

by Amy Eagleburger
Top TDM Case Studies
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CarFreeAtoZ Adding Goodies to Become the Complete Trip Planner

Friday, January 9, 2015 4:34 PM

CarFreeAtoZ is a personalized trip-planning and comparison tool that Arlington County, Virginia beta-launched this fall as part of its Transit Tech Initiative. Now, beta testing is wrapping up and feedback is being incorporated. Here are some of the top priorities identified: Making It Easier and Better to Use CarFreeAtoZ is designed for commuters to easily […]

by David Emory
Community Design
Esther Dyson

Smaller Communities Explore Health, Public-Transportation Connections

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 4:29 PM

Five cities, five years to make a difference in their community’s health. That’s the challenge presented by the non-profit Health Initiative Coordinating Council (HICCup) and its Way to Wellville program. Founded in 2013 by prolific angel investor Esther Dyson, HICCup looks at common barriers to good health, such as poverty and education, but also questions […]

by Amy Eagleburger
Stat Mapper

DOT’s Chief Data Officer Looks Forward to Innovation at TransportationCamp

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 1:34 PM

Daniel Morgan was named the U.S. Department of Transportation‘s first chief data officer in July. He brought with him years of experience in advocating for open-data policies with the Open Forum Foundation and previously collaborated with DOT on open data while he was with PhaseOne Consulting. You could say he literally wrote the book on […]

by Amy Eagleburger