Transit Tech

Commentary
Hailing a ride

Uber, Lyft Have Opportunity to Complement Local Transit Networks

Friday, March 27, 2015 1:07 PM

We hear a lot about how Uber and Lyft are impacting traditional taxis, but what of their potential impact on public transit? Tech-enabled ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft already appear to be acting as a complement to public transit. Uber analyzed its Los Angeles trip data to in this light. Over the course of […]






by Chris Plano
Pop Culture
Thomas Stokell Love to Ride

Tech “Hacks” Help Create Critical Mass for Bicycling

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 11:26 AM

The bicycle was created in the 1800s, but technology is keeping it relevant with “hacks” – or solutions – designed to get more people to use bike helmets, count ridership better, and reduce the obstacles keeping people from biking. These and other innovations were on display at the latest Transportation Techies event: Bike Hack Night […]






by Paul Goddin
Community Design
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SXSW Hackers Suggest Austin Transportation Improvements

Tuesday, March 17, 2015 12:33 PM

Austin, home to great music, festivals and tech, is also facing some great challenges. Thanks to its success, congestion, long commutes, and escalating housing costs are looming. For the first time, Austin’s South by Southwest (SXSW) festival is hosting Hack Our City. As part of the interactive program, five teams comprised of both locals and […]






by Lisa Nisenson
Mobility Lab Releases
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3 Ways Multi-Modal Travel is Tricky for App Developers

Tuesday, March 10, 2015 9:39 AM

When searching for a route with OpenTripPlanner, we transit techies use complex profile-routing algorithms to objectively find the best options across all available modes, which can lead to an enormous amount of results. To get the best results in the quickest amount of time requires a lot of pruning and optimization. In the backend of […]






by Trevor Gerhardt
How To
SuperHeroes

Infrastructure Money Tight? Do Better Bus Marketing

Friday, March 6, 2015 2:08 PM

If cities want to reduce the need for expensive infrastructure improvements, they should brand and market their buses better, according to New York Times conservative commentator Josh Barro. Citing a 2009 report from the Federal Transit Administration, he notes there is evidence to believe that transit agencies could attract more discretionary or choice riders if […]






by Chris Hamilton
Community Design
Autotopia

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
UberPool

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
Commentary
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
Environment
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
Education
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