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University of Maryland project looks to crowdsource an accessibility map of DC’s sidewalks

Other programmers at the recent Walk Hack Night presented data visualizations that explore walkability and walking connections in the Washington, D.C., region. Across the United States, 30.6 million Americans older than 15 live with mobility impairments, a significant portion of whom require an assistive aid like a walker or wheelchair. Despite progress since the Americans… Read more »

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New services are moving fast, and cities are looking to update procurement processes to keep up

Notoriously lumbering municipal procurement processes can be an especially bad fit with the way newer transportation options need to be implemented. How are local agencies supposed to form “first-mile, last-mile” partnerships with flexible technology services like Lyft, Via, and Bridj when the official steps to solidify those partnerships impede the process? “A transit agency can… Read more »

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Building a transit army: How MARTA Army is working to improve Atlanta’s bus stops

Transit advocacy doesn’t have to move slowly through layers of bureaucracy: in Atlanta, advocates have been mobilizing to improve bus stops in their own neighborhoods. At TransportationCamp DC last month, representatives from the grassroots advocacy group MARTA Army shared their organizing model, which has been successful in creating tangible improvements for riders in the Atlanta… Read more »

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Communities can benefit from autonomous vehicles with “fast action planning”

This article originally appeared in the Eno Transportation Weekly. Kelley Coyner and Lisa Nisenson led the capstone session of Eno’s Capital Convergence, Taking it to the Streets: Creating the Strategies to Bring an AV Shuttle to the D.C. Region. At Eno’s Capital Convergence conference, technology leaders like David Woessner of Local Motors demonstrated that transformative… Read more »

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A closer look at Arlington’s bike counters show how riders are using the trails and bike lanes

Other developers at Bike Hack Night VII presented sensor and mapping projects to understand the experience of urban biking Arlington County, over the past several years, has strategically placed 30 permanent EcoCounters, bike- and pedestrian-counting sensors, to determine how many people are riding bicycles and walking on major trails and routes. Permanent counters at these… Read more »

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TransportationCamp DC 2017 shares perspectives on today’s (and tomorrow’s) mobility challenges

With the transportation landscape evolving quickly in recent years – new mobility options and growing support for transit and bicycling – decision-makers face greater opportunity and unpredictability in how they can utilize and react to such options. What should the role of private enterprise be in providing transportation services? How transit-oriented development should evolve with… Read more »

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Our 10 most-read posts of 2016

From tiny data-gathering initiatives to widespread carpooling ideas, here are our 10 most-read articles from the past year. 1. The yellow bicycle button that gets the attention of city leaders Swedish company Hovding, makers of the explosively inflating bike helmet, paired with the London Cyclists Campaign to create a simple button that cyclists could use to record… Read more »

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New carpooling service looks to employers for ride-matching potential

Commuter carpooling has been in a nosedive since about 1980. And it’s nearly inexplicable that the rate hovers around 5 percent in Washington, D.C., where traffic and parking are particularly abominable even though there are many – maybe too many – ride sharing resources . Since 1980, leaders have invested in HOV lanes and E-ZPass,… Read more »

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With real-time data now public, developers delving deeper into Metrorail insights

Now that the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority has released its new real-time train location data feed to the public, developers have jumped on the opportunity to explore new insights from the agency’s data. At the latest Transportation Techies meetup, Metro Hack Night VI, programmers gathered in WMATA headquarters to share the projects they have… Read more »