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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
Education
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
Education
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
Policy
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
Community Design
Rideshare

Mobility Lab’s Top 10 Stories of 2014

Monday, December 22, 2014 1:57 PM

Uber, Sidecar, and Lyft Are Great Options, But They Are Not Ridesharing Companies– Although these companies still mistakenly refer to themselves as “ridesharing” services, they should be commended for giving people more transportation options and beginning to allow people to actually share rides (thus, potentially taking drive-alone trips off the roads) through new offshoots like Lyft […]






by Paul Mackie
Health
CaBi Union Station

Lincoln Memorial is Top Destination for Tourists on Capital Bikeshare

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 12:11 PM

The Lincoln Memorial has the highest percentage of “casual riders” – typically assumed to be tourists who rent on the fly – on Washington D.C.’s Capital Bikeshare system., at 82.3 percent. We’ve never really had a view of how people are moving around the region on bicycle before CaBi came along and opened up its ridership […]






by Ted Eytan
Commentary
DeMaio

Bikeshare: Still the New Kid on the Block for Transportation

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 2:53 PM

This month’s Transportation Techies Meetup group, at the WeWork co-working space in Washington D.C., was all about what we know from the growing catalog of studies on bikeshare systems. The World’s Best Bikeshares When Colin Hughes and Jacob Mason of the Institute for Transportation and Development Planning (ITDP) asked the attendees which system is the best, […]






by Amy Eagleburger
Commentary
Matt-with-POTUS-Obama

TransitScreen Looks to Keep Up With Fast-Changing Transportation Landscape

Thursday, December 11, 2014 2:07 PM

The Washington D.C. area has a deceptively large number of transportation options. Metro, bikeshare and city buses, of course, but what about the D.C. Circulator busline or the Fairfax Connector buses? Is Car2Go actually the best way to get downtown in a hurry? Is there a way to provide this information that would push commuters […]






by Amy Eagleburger