Transit Tech

Commentary
Earl Kiang and Panel of Judges at GMU Outside the Box Conference

Idea for Smarter Transit Fares Wins George Mason Competition

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 4:08 PM

Transit would be better served if the pay-per-ride and unlimited fare schemes that currently dominate were expanded to include more fine-tuned pricing structures similar to those offered by cell phone companies. That was the idea that won the recent second annual Outside the Box transportation conference and competition at George Mason University’s (GMU’s) School of Public Policy. Winner […]






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Environment
CarmaHop

Hitchhiking Goes High Tech: The Story Behind CarmaHop’s Upcoming Launch

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 12:18 PM

In 2010, my husband and I moved out to rural Northeast Kansas in order to live a more sustainable lifestyle. Our dream had one major flaw – a complete lack of public transportation. So these two save-the-planet sustainability groupies became just two more single-occupant vehicle drivers with big ugly carbon footprints. And we’re not alone. Forty-five […]






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Commentary
Bike Lane Walk

U.S. Government Should Improve Its Trip Data

Friday, July 18, 2014 11:00 AM

This article was originally published by the Alliance for Biking & Walking. There are two major surveys that are a tremendous help to bicycle and pedestrian advocates in better understanding the progress for our cause. They are great, yet they still could be much improved. The American Community Survey (ACS), which is performed every year […]






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Transit Tech
NYC subway

5 Ways DC’s Metro Beats NY’s Subway

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 4:03 PM

New York City’s Subway system, run by the city’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), is the largest rapid transit system in the United States. With service 24 hours per day and an extensive network of 421 stations, virtually all of Manhattan and most of the outer boroughs are within a quick walk of the system – which, despite its name, […]






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Environment
Ben Foster

What Does Behavioral Science Have to Do With Transportation?

Thursday, July 10, 2014 4:38 PM

Arlingtonian Ben Foster dropped by Mobility Lab this week and shared his perspective with a few dozen transportation experts on how behavioral science can help us better understand how we make decisions and how different types of information can affect the ways in which we might change our routines. And as part of my company […]






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Education
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Take a Bikeshare Ride This Fourth of July, Let Freedom Ring

Thursday, July 3, 2014 9:51 AM

(This article was originally published by Pop Culture Lunch Box.) I took a bikeshare ride in Boston on Sunday and, with Americans feeling less free these days, it makes me sad to know that one solution that is so obvious and simple is sitting right in front of our eyes. The one thing that struck me […]






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Economic Prosperity
Uber car

Why Buy a Car When You’ve Got Mobile Apps?

Monday, June 23, 2014 11:56 AM

(This article was originally published at Architect This City.) One of the things that many city planners, transportation experts, and municipalities are trying to figure out is how to successfully shift people away from driving towards alternative modes of transportation, such as biking and transit. Now, this is no easy task. There are a myriad […]






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Commentary
Shanghai

Gamification, Technology, and Improving Transit Rider Satisfaction

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 10:42 AM

What’s the current state of the rider experience? Are transportation systems meeting the demands and expectations of the general public? These questions were posed to a panel of speakers at a plenary session of the Mobility Lab-sponsored Innovation in Public Policy Summit. Technology – in particular the power of information – was shown to be a […]






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Economic Prosperity
Lyft Uber

Carma Takes Swipe at Uber, Lyft, Sidecar, But Do They Care?

Wednesday, June 11, 2014 3:02 PM

The first day of the two-day Innovation in Mobility Public Policy Summit in Washington D.C. was “bike heavy,” according to one participant. With the conversation clearly revolving around bikesharing systems, participants and speakers had to dance around the subject on many people’s minds: Uber, Lyft, and Sidecar – the transportation network companies (TNCs) everyone either loves or […]






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Community Design
Divvy

Bikesharing, Carsharing Lead the Way on Local Transportation Sharing-Economy Initiatives

Tuesday, June 10, 2014 5:15 PM

Congressman Earl Blumenauer began the two-day Innovation in Mobility Public Policy Summit in Washington D.C. calling for multimodal transportation systems. The Oregon Democrat described how transit, walking, and cycling are all necessary in order to “coax more capacity” out of our current transportation systems. And it seems, by the focus of speakers on a panel called “How […]






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