Transit Tech

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Bridj

Taking Bridj in D.C. Offers Great New Option, and Maybe Even Some Time Savings

Tuesday, April 28, 2015 1:30 PM

I switched up my usual commute this morning and ditched my bike for the chance to try out Bridj, a Boston-based “pop-up bus transit” startup company that launched this week in Washington D.C. The company offers flexible shuttle routes that adapt based on the locations of who has booked a ride during a given period […]






by Brendan Casey
Economic Prosperity
Festival bus

RYDE Helps Music Festivals Reduce Traffic with Crowd Sourcing

Tuesday, April 14, 2015 10:48 AM

Music festivals are social events, so why not extend that experience to include a fun trip to and from the sites? RYDE, founded by Brian Allman and business partners Bob Aube and Paul Misso, sells individual seats on large luxury buses for a fee much lower than the prohibitive cost of renting a whole bus. […]






by Amy Eagleburger
Community Design
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School Bicycling Safety in Alexandria, Virginia Gets a Look From Tech Hackers

Monday, April 13, 2015 1:52 PM

If you asked a student how long it takes to get from her high school to her house on a bike, she might tell you how long it takes to drive – something she’s familiar with – followed by a guess that it takes even longer to ride home on a bike. Of course, the […]






by Randy Cole
Education
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A Social-Media Playbook for Changing Commuting Behaviors

Tuesday, March 31, 2015 12:19 PM

Can social media be used to change a person’s commuting behavior or the way we design cities and transportation systems? There’s growing research to show how behaviors are influenced by networks, and specifically how social media can cause behavior changes that benefit society (such as decreasing energy consumption). The same principles, done correctly, could no doubt […]






by Paul Goddin
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