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Growth of mobile ticketing adds flexibility to transit solutions

The transportation industry is changing rapidly, and many public agencies are struggling to keep up. Demographics and demand often shift more quickly than a procurement process or study can address, putting a system’s reliability at risk as an agency fails to manage the many factors that influence ridership. To maintain a thriving transit system, transportation… Read more »


WMATA’s first Metro Data Day creates official space for Metro/developer cooperation

Each day, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority collects a lot of data. Hidden within is information that could contribute more reliable service and customer experiences. Unfortunately, WMATA does not have the resources to take full advantage of these assets, leaving an opening for concerned citizens to pick up the slack. Last week, the WMATA… Read more »


New tools outline transportation planning impacts, look to boost resident engagement

In transportation planning, there is often a disconnect between planners and the public that can limit a new project’s effectiveness. By creating innovative and interactive presentations of data, planners can better inform and engage stakeholders of what transportation projects will bring to a community. At the October installment of the Mobility Lab-sponsored Transportation Techies meetup,… Read more »

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Pittsburgh emerging as a transportation leader, still has work ahead

Pittsburgh’s time to shine has come. The city has been thrust into the national spotlight, viewed by many transportation leaders as one of the nation’s promising blueprints for how cities can finally do transportation well. But while visiting Pittsburgh last week, I had the chance to put Pittsburgh in context with what people outside of town… Read more »

Routing traffic, like data, is a complex process.

Open-source cities: Tapping the software commons for future transit innovation

In a typical hour, more than a quadrillion bits of data – little pulses of zeros and ones – are transferred through the internet as jolts of electrical voltage and flashes of laser light across a massive global infrastructure of servers and routers to instantly serve your favorite cat video to your iPhone. The tangle… Read more »


Starting the tough smart-city conversations

Notes from Smart Cities Week  Last week, the Smart Cities Council held its second conference devoted to the fast-paced world of city-scale technologies that support efficient and sustainable communities. Even in just the last year, a slew of new pilot programs and product launches have redefined some of the ongoing discussions about shared visions of… Read more »


From routes to reality: Improving biking data with better context

Adding context to existing datasets can play a significant role in improving the bicycling experience. That was the takeaway from the most recent Mobility Lab-sponsored Transportation Techies’ Bike Hack Night VI. Programmers and advocates presented and listened to a handful of bike-themed show-and-tells under the impending threat of rain at REI’s space at Wunder Garten,… Read more »


How to get inventive transportation projects right early on

In 2013, the city of Nice, France, launched an ambitious “smart parking” service that allowed drivers to find available parking spaces in real-time through a smartphone app. In order for the system to work, the city paid 10 million euros (or about $11.3 million USD) to install hundreds of sensors next to parking spaces, as… Read more »

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WMATA pilot brings Wi-Fi to six stations, ties connectivity to better transit info

On Monday, WMATA launched a 45-day pilot of public Wi-Fi in stations downtown. The program will cover Union Station, L’Enfant Plaza, Archives, Gallery Place, Judiciary Square, and Metro Center. While better wireless connectivity is always helpful for riders, it’s interesting that WMATA has chosen to integrate the pilot with real-time train arrival information. Upon signing… Read more »

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Finding traffic and car ownership solutions through ride- and car-sharing

While the D.C. region benefits from a diverse set of transportation options, there are unique situations where cars become necessary for those who don’t normally need them. With the rise of the sharing economy, there are now ways for residents to find more efficient ways to take the occasional trip by car. At the August… Read more »