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See how space for cars, trains, and bikes stacks up in New York City

How much space cities provide to different transportation options is an easily-visualized hint into how they prioritize different ways of getting around, a relationship made even more evident through the basic geometric inefficiencies of driving. As an exercise to investigate just how unfair this allotment of space can be, Moovel Lab, the creative side project of… Read more »

Post-Travis Kalanick, Uber needs to finally think deeply about its role in the world

With today’s news that Travis Kalanick has stepped down as chief executive of Uber, the ride-hailing giant has reached a crossroads on whether it will sink or swim. Its many months of trials and tribulations may be too much to overcome, and the boorish company culture that has come to light again and again will… Read more »

Flying cars could happen. But they’ll probably create more problems than they solve – GreenTech Media

There’s a lot of excitement around flying cars right now – even if they are basically just giant drones. Whether piloted or autonomous, taxis or private vehicles, they’ve been hailed by futurists as the ideal way to reduce journey times across urban landscapes, thus easing city road congestion. But despite the media hype (or perhaps because… Read more »

GMU “blueprint” study suggests avenues for expanding reach of Arlington’s transportation options

This is part one of a two-part series on a report by George Mason University graduate students. Students were tasked by Mobility Lab with creating a new transportation blueprint for Arlington, Va., geared toward connecting more people to its transportation network. This part focuses on passenger transportation – part two will examine freight and deliveries…. Read more »

Vision Zero video tool analyzes intersections for dangerous traffic conflicts

Volunteers will “teach” the program to better identify people walking and biking Despite signing onto Vision Zero, a campaign that aims to eliminate traffic-related deaths and serious injuries, Washington, D.C. and other large cities have struggled to make progress in reducing deaths on their streets. While traffic deaths in D.C. have held steady in the high 20s… Read more »

Cities will need to fight zero-occupant miles with “TDM for autonomous vehicles”

The advent of autonomous vehicles is fraught with uncertainty, especially when it comes to their impacts on traffic, travel choices, and the broader transportation system. They offer many potential benefits, but many potential negative impacts, depending in part on how they are deployed. While widespread adoption may still be decades away, significant numbers will begin… Read more »

Analysis suggests autonomous transit would be most efficient use of AV technology

Authors make the case for employing AVs in ways to minimize VMT increases Mobility Lab has often stressed the importance of autonomous vehicles being introduced as fleets rather than personally owned, so what might those fleets look like? How would this emerging technology be applied to the transit solutions already known to work? If autonomous rapid transit –… Read more »

Biking in Arlington gets a boost from Safetrack and warmer winter weather

Has there been an increase in biking in Arlington due to Washington D.C.’s region-wide SafeTrack initiative to repair Metrorail? It’s a difficult question to answer at this point. BikeArlington has already reported that there were increases up to 75 percent over 2015 daily averages in bike traffic at the Rosslyn-Custis Trail bike counter during the… Read more »

WMATA Metrobus data projects explore effects of fare payments, disruptions

Other presenters at Transportation Techies’ Bus Hack Night shared projects to help riders better understand their local bus routes Though the D.C. region has one of the busiest bus systems in the country, with more than 120 million trips in 2016, it’s still part of the nationwide movement to stem recent bus ridership declines. As such, WMATA is… Read more »

A visualized day of New York’s transit options, working together

New York City is blessed with a lot of ways to get around town. From MTA buses to regional Metro-North rail lines to the omnipresent subway, the overall transportation system moves millions of people every day. A new visualization puts 24 hours of them together, showing how each works together in the broader context over… Read more »