WIRED tries to cover TDM, but shows that it’s still a little hard for them to grasp WIRED tries to cover TDM, but shows that it’s still a little hard for them to grasp
WIRED tries to cover TDM, but shows that it's still a little hard for them to grasp
WIRED tries to cover TDM, but shows that it’s still a little hard for them to grasp
In Arlington, 221 Champions recognized for work promoting transportation options In Arlington, 221 Champions recognized for work promoting transportation options
In Arlington, 221 Champions recognized for work promoting transportation options
In Arlington, 221 Champions recognized for work promoting transportation options
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WIRED tries to cover TDM, but shows that it’s still a little hard for them to grasp

WIRED tries to cover TDM, but shows that it’s still a little hard for them to grasp


February 10, 2017    Paul Mackie

I like WIRED’s take on the topic of TDM, which they semi-smartly term “alternative-transport perks.” Semi because perks is a nice way to describe what “transportation demand management” really is all about. But “alternative” does a disservice to the need to continue along the path of normalizing things like bicycling and transit. And “transport” sounds… Read more »

In Arlington, 221 Champions recognized for work promoting transportation options

In Arlington, 221 Champions recognized for work promoting transportation options


February 2, 2017    Paul Mackie

While Arlington County’s transportation network benefits from being directly across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C., the county has worked hard to get people moving in ways other than by car. “We have the lowest drive-alone rate for commuters in the state,” noted Larry Filler, bureau chief of Arlington County Commuter Services. But that rate… Read more »

Paving the way toward walkability by kicking deadly driving habits

Paving the way toward walkability by kicking deadly driving habits


January 30, 2017    Sheila McGraw

Long gone are the days of Mad Men, when smoke-filled offices were common place. If you had told anyone during that era that in 30 years, it would be illegal to light up in most public places, they would have laughed in your face. When smoking was identified as a preventable killer and a threat… Read more »

Overcoming obstacles in on-demand public-private agreements

Overcoming obstacles in on-demand public-private agreements


January 25, 2017    Andrew Carpenter

The recent rise of “mobility on demand” services like Uber and Zipcar has shifted society’s understanding of transportation systems and how they operate. “Mobility has evolved in the past 10 to 15 years from a binary choice,” Justin Holmes of Zipcar explained at this month’s TransportationCamp DC. “An accordion of choice has opened for consumers.”… Read more »

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 »