Transportation connectivity as a tool for public health in rural communities Transportation connectivity as a tool for public health in rural communities
Transportation connectivity as a tool for public health in rural communities
Transportation connectivity as a tool for public health in rural communities
What does “mobility on demand” success look like? What does “mobility on demand” success look like?
What does "mobility on demand" success look like?
What does “mobility on demand” success look like?
Our 10 most-read posts of 2016 Our 10 most-read posts of 2016
Our 10 most-read posts of 2016
Our 10 most-read posts of 2016
Rethinking the swamp: Transportation convergence in the capital region Rethinking the swamp: Transportation convergence in the capital region
Rethinking the swamp: Transportation convergence in the capital region
Rethinking the swamp: Transportation convergence in the capital region
The case for long-term TDM programs The case for long-term TDM programs
The case for long-term TDM programs
The case for long-term TDM programs
WMATA’s SelectPass pilot could become permanent, would complement TDM plans WMATA’s SelectPass pilot could become permanent, would complement TDM plans
WMATA's SelectPass pilot could become permanent, would complement TDM plans
WMATA’s SelectPass pilot could become permanent, would complement TDM plans

What are cities doing to make transportation solutions a reality?

The transportation sector is rapidly shifting from the status quo of previous decades — not only in the availability of federal funding for new investments, but also in new technologies and demographic preferences.

It is clear that states and localities will have to be inventive in finding funding sources to supplement federal support, and must plan for coming trends in greater connectivity between riders and their options.

And even the latest transportation funding bill will not come close to covering the need for maintenance and replacement of crumbling roads, bridges and transit systems.

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How Transportation Funding Fails to Work the Way Anyone Intended

As the Senate and House are finalizing touches on the first new transportation authorization bill in more than 10 years, everyone agrees there are major problems with our transportation systems in the U.S. But nobody agrees on how to fund the necessary improvements.

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Answers to Transportation Ills Need to Come from Unexpected Funding

The world of transportation is innovating and shifting at a clip no mere mortals can expect to follow easily, but one would never know it by simply glancing at the flat and seemingly unexcited way Congress has taken to keeping roads and transit barely patched.

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Recent Policy News

Transportation connectivity as a tool for public health in rural communities

Transportation connectivity as a tool for public health in rural communities


January 6, 2017    Andrew Carpenter

This Saturday’s TransportationCamp DC 2017 will feature a broad array of topics. Esther Dyson, executive founder of Way to Wellville, author, and angel investor, will appear in a session about creating more connected cities. Access is an important factor in community health, and a well-connected transportation network plays a vital role in enabling that. Small,… Read more »

What does “mobility on demand” success look like?

What does “mobility on demand” success look like?


January 4, 2017    Andrew Carpenter

In October, the Federal Transit Administration announced the selection of 11 projects through its Mobility on Demand Sandbox Program. A piece of a broader move throughout the United States Department of Transportation, the $8 million funding program hopes to harness the potential of on-demand mobility options to make transportation systems more accessible and spur innovative… Read more »

Our 10 most-read posts of 2016

Our 10 most-read posts of 2016


December 23, 2016    Adam Russell

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 »

Rethinking the swamp: Transportation convergence in the capital region

Rethinking the swamp: Transportation convergence in the capital region


December 9, 2016    Ann Henebery

This post, written by Eno President and CEO Rob Puentes and Senior Policy Analyst Stan Turner, originally appeared on Eno Transportation Weekly,  This year, Washington, D.C.’s image took a political hit in the national debate as a “swamp that needs draining.” For years it has also famously suffered from bleak news surrounding its transportation network…. Read more »

The case for long-term TDM programs

The case for long-term TDM programs


December 5, 2016    Maggie Awad

As transportation demand management professionals, we know the drill once winter fades and spring is in sight: we gear up for warm weather active transportation challenges to engage residents, visitors, and employees. And while these annual events and challenges are great ways to share a dedicated message and increase the visibility of transportation options, they… Read more »

WMATA’s SelectPass pilot could become permanent, would complement TDM plans

WMATA’s SelectPass pilot could become permanent, would complement TDM plans


November 29, 2016    Adam Russell

When transit passes are simple, flexible, and useful, the choice to take Metro or bus over other modes becomes that much more clear. In the D.C. region, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transportation Authorityhas been testing a pass structure that does just that, while encouraging extra rides that would essentially be free to passholders. The SelectPass… Read more »

Annual bikeshare conference brings focus to equity, integration, and growth

Annual bikeshare conference brings focus to equity, integration, and growth


November 17, 2016    Adam Russell

Last week, the North American Bike Share Association brought together bikeshare systems from across the continent to Austin, Texas, for its third annual conference. BikeArlington program manager Henry Dunbar, who manages Capital Bikeshare in Arlington County, Va., attended the conference, and reports back that three major themes dominated the presentations. A growing mode Though NABSA… Read more »

Ways better voting rules could remove transportation worries from the process

Ways better voting rules could remove transportation worries from the process


November 7, 2016    Mobility Lab Web

Vox.com says American elections can feel a bit outdated and offers a nice list of ways to improve them. A big part of the list is related to the demand on our transportation systems on Election Day. While it’s nice that Zipcar and Lyft are offering discounted rides Tuesday, Vox’s ideas are even better: allow… Read more »

Record number of transit ballot measures will also impact transportation demand management

Record number of transit ballot measures will also impact transportation demand management


November 4, 2016    Paul Mackie

Election Day this upcoming Tuesday will be a crucial one for the future of public transportation in this country. This election sets records for the most transit measures ever in a single year (77), the highest number of states with measures on either state or local ballots (25), and the most money at stake on… Read more »

Arlington to refine its parking policy for multi-family residential properties

Arlington to refine its parking policy for multi-family residential properties


October 20, 2016    Stephen Crim

This post originally appeared on the Arlington Transportation Partners blog. Like many communities in the United States, the zoning ordinance in Arlington County, Va., requires developers to build parking for apartment and condominium residents. However, space is limited and land is expensive in Arlington’s urban neighborhoods. Each parking space in a garage can take up… Read more »

Benefits of reliable transit: How transit agencies and planners should be talking about BRT

Benefits of reliable transit: How transit agencies and planners should be talking about BRT


October 12, 2016    Corey Pitts

Bus Rapid Transit systems are beginning to pop up as quickly as fast-casual restaurants in the greater Washington region. Everywhere you look BRT systems are coming online – Fairfax, Arlington and Montgomery counties, and the City of Alexandria. And why shouldn’t D.C. be joining the ranks of New York, Chicago, and Barcelona? The region consistently ranks as… Read more »

Seattle pilot will let buildings rent parking spaces as park-and-rides

Seattle pilot will let buildings rent parking spaces as park-and-rides


October 7, 2016    Adam Russell

Though it’s made rapid progress in shifting commuters away from driving alone to work, Seattle is still looking to address ongoing congestion within the Puget Sound region. Now, the King County Metro is planning to launch a pilot to attract commuters to light rail and buses by allowing nearby buildings to rent their empty parking spaces… Read more »