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Traffic in D.C.

U.S. DOT “Overwhelmed” by Applications to its Smart City Challenge

Tuesday, February 9, 2016 4:54 PM

Did your city throw its hat in the ring? The unveiling last December of a competition for $50 million toward connected transportation systems has sparked a flurry of activity from interested cities. The U.S. Department of Transportation announced yesterday that 77 cities in 35 states (including the District of Columbia) had submitted applications outlining their […]

by Adam Russell
Panel at the Disrupting Mobility summit

Watch: Governing the New Transportation Options

Tuesday, February 9, 2016 11:06 AM

With federal support consistently failing to keep up with the changing landscape of shared-use and technology-based mobility options, what role can governments play in ensuring these systems address equity, access, and carbon pollution? Last fall’s Disrupting Mobility Summit in Cambridge, Mass., brought together a number of experts from within federal and local agencies to how these changes can […]

by Adam Russell
A wide pedestrian crossing in Tokyo

Tech is Good, But We Need Transportation Planning for the City of the Future

Monday, February 8, 2016 4:47 PM

This article was originally published by EcoLocalizer and CleanTechnica. What does transportation in the U.S. city of the future look like? Mobility Lab gets asked this a lot because it’s clear that people have had it with the crushing traffic that dominates most of our cities, and 3 out of 4 people are frustrated by their lack of […]

by Howard Jennings
Veronica Davis

In the Current Transportation Landscape, Do You Still Need to Own a Car?

Wednesday, February 3, 2016 11:33 AM

Veronica O. Davis gave up her car about three years ago. A big reason for that was the growing availability of Capital Bikeshare in all the places she needed to get to in and around Washington, D.C. Of course, not everyone in D.C., or the rest of the United States, has access to bikeshare, but […]

by Paul Mackie
Bikeshare in London

Bikeshare’s Future Looks Great – If Cities Can Address These Key Challenges

Monday, February 1, 2016 2:23 PM

As 2016 rumbles on, the forecasts and fortune telling for the new year continues apace. In transportation, the headlines have mainly been won by the automobile of the future: driverless, electric, perhaps ownerless. I would like to put forward another candidate for transport form of the future: bikeshare, or as it’s known in the UK, cycle hire. […]

by Hannah Budnitz
Map app in car

Want to Start Carpooling? Pick Up Your Phone and Get Going

Thursday, January 7, 2016 1:46 PM

Nearly half of all car trips in the U.S. can technically be defined as carpooling. But that’s because we often travel together with our friends and family. Besides those joy rides, sharing a car has had a troubling recent history – mainly when it comes to the ways we get to and from work. Carpooling […]

by Paul Mackie
Mobility Lab Releases
Kate R, MVJ web

Transportation Techies: Telling Better Bike Stories with Contextual Data

Monday, December 21, 2015 12:08 PM

Bicycling in Washington, D.C. continues to rise in popularity as a commuting and recreational option. However, many residents remain wary of how safe this mode is. Helping people contextualize cyclist safety and security may help get more of them onto a bike. In December’s installment of Mobility Lab-sponsored Transportation Techies, Bike Hack Night IV at […]

by Andrew Carpenter
Crosswalk, lagged2death web

Can Ride-Sourcing Companies Contribute to Livable Streets and the Vision Zero Movement?

Thursday, December 10, 2015 1:32 PM

This post originally appeared on the TransitCenter blog. Streetsblog’s Aaron Naparstek kicked off one of the first sessions at TransportationCamp NYC, an unconference focused on innovations in transportation, with this provocative question: Can ride-sourcing companies contribute to the Livable Streets and Vision Zero movements? Livable Streets and Vision Zero convey two visionary ideas. Livable Streets is […]

by Shin-pei Tsay
Sound Transit Link, wings777 web

USDOT and Vulcan Announce $50 Million Reward to the City of the Future

Monday, December 7, 2015 2:59 PM

The ultimate city of the future won’t be New York, Chicago, Austin, or Los Angeles – some of the places we routinely hear about for the impressive ways they work to rework and massage their transportation networks for the better. No, somewhere right now in America, there is a mid-sized city that will soon be […]

by Paul Mackie
Mobility Lab Releases
Gallo, MVJ web

Transportation Techies: Safer Streets with Better Data

Monday, December 7, 2015 11:09 AM

Washington, D.C.-area traffic safety has improved significantly over the past few years, but there is still room for more progress. In the most recent installment of the Mobility Lab-sponsored group Transportation Techies, Playing with Traffic, presenters offered their insights for making our streets safer and more efficient for people. According to new data from the Metropolitan […]

by Andrew Carpenter