Transit Tech

Economic Prosperity
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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
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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
Community Design
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
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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