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Drivers queue up at a slugline in Rosslyn, Va.

Slugging, D.C.’s original ride-sharing system, has its own app

Organized carpooling is a simple and longstanding congestion solution, and it can save money for commuters and space on the highways. However, for some it can seem too difficult to organize, making it unlikely to attract many people away from driving on their own. One option that offers commuters the flexibility of driving and the… Read more »

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Publicly visible transit info helps people make smart decisions

Displays make the process of taking transit easier A longer version of this post originally appeared on the TransitScreen blog. There’s a trillion-dollar trend called the ‘Internet of Things” – simply put, adding small computers to physical objects, and connecting everything together over the internet so useful information can be collected. When a recent McKinsey… Read more »

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Where Pac-Man meets shared rides

This post originally appeared on Split’s blog here. Remember feeding quarters into the classic arcade game Pac-Man? Do you have fond memories of maneuvering a chomping yellow pie chart around two-dimensional mazes, gobbling up cherries and avoiding Blinky, Pinky, Inky, and Clyde? How about that joyous, joy-stick-filled day when you finally mastered that last level,… Read more »

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Where did people ride Capital Bikeshare during the Metro shutdown?

The sudden Metrorail shutdown on March 16 took nearly everyone by surprise, and was a nearly unprecedented move by WMATA. While the decision disrupted the commutes of hundreds of thousands of commuters, it did provide agencies with an opportunity to observe how the other components of the D.C. region’s transportation system handled the new demand…. Read more »

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Growing TransitScreen hopes to bring real-time info to 40 cities in 2016

Walking down the street in the near future, you may encounter a massive projection on the sidewalk. Or wall-mounted displays in office lobbies. What you’re seeing is the transportation network coming to life. “As urban mobility gets more complex, the problem of how to get informed is only getting more severe,” said Matt Caywood, CEO… Read more »

Bikeshare station in DC

Transportation options are looking different – sidewalks should too

An article on Mobility Lab last year about Uber and urban form proposed: can we extend the disruption in transportation to a disruption in urban design? Since that post, cities, public transit authorities and the U.S. Department of Transportation have further defined formal roles for ridesharing services and smartphone apps. Innovation in urban planning, however, lacks… Read more »

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Driverless cars are getting closer, but how will people use them?

For vehicles without drivers – whether you call them autonomous, driverless, or self-driving vehicles (and I’ll use these terms interchangeably) – developments are coming fast, both in terms of technology and business models. In some recent news: Ford is testing to try and solve the snow conundrum, and also carsharing in London across Germany, and… Read more »

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Transportation redefined: Cities must work with shared mobility options

It’s no secret: transit agencies have been slow to adapt to the rapid changes in the ways people are moving around in cities. Think Uber. Fights between public agencies and newer companies have dominated headlines, compared to the trickle of news about partnerships that should be forming – all set to the backdrop of age-old… Read more »

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Filling up seats in cars: The future of driving

Every day, millions and millions of car seats are shuttled through cities and communities, completely empty. Within them lies untapped potential for behavioral changes that could make our transportation system more efficient, less polluting, and cheaper. Sharing rides – bringing back the once-popular carpool option – has become easier and easier as attitudes and technology change. By… Read more »

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Transportation Techies: Piecing together data to improve biking in DC

Spring has arrived early this year on the East Coast, so it is already time to break out the bike, if it ever went away during the winter. And this month’s installment of the Mobility Lab-sponsored Transportation Techies group – Bike Hack Night V – was well timed to benefit from both the nice weather,… Read more »