Rethinking buses may make Montgomery County a gridlock-free paradise Rethinking buses may make Montgomery County a gridlock-free paradise
Rethinking buses may make Montgomery County a gridlock-free paradise
Rethinking buses may make Montgomery County a gridlock-free paradise
House bill designed to speed deployment of autonomous vehicles, more work to come House bill designed to speed deployment of autonomous vehicles, more work to come
House bill designed to speed deployment of autonomous vehicles, more work to come
House bill designed to speed deployment of autonomous vehicles, more work to come
3 reasons autonomous vehicles need your city’s data (and how to offer it) 3 reasons autonomous vehicles need your city’s data (and how to offer it)
3 reasons autonomous vehicles need your city's data (and how to offer it)
3 reasons autonomous vehicles need your city’s data (and how to offer it)
5 ways cities and counties can make sure autonomous vehicles and bikes mix safely 5 ways cities and counties can make sure autonomous vehicles and bikes mix safely
5 ways cities and counties can make sure autonomous vehicles and bikes mix safely
5 ways cities and counties can make sure autonomous vehicles and bikes mix safely
Speedy adoption of autonomous vehicles could be disastrous Speedy adoption of autonomous vehicles could be disastrous
Speedy adoption of autonomous vehicles could be disastrous
Speedy adoption of autonomous vehicles could be disastrous
Why it’s so difficult for autonomous vehicles to see bikes Why it’s so difficult for autonomous vehicles to see bikes
Why it’s so difficult for autonomous vehicles to see bikes
Why it’s so difficult for autonomous vehicles to see bikes

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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Recent Policy News

Rethinking buses may make Montgomery County a gridlock-free paradise

Rethinking buses may make Montgomery County a gridlock-free paradise


September 20, 2017    Ethan Goffman

Montgomery County, Md., is working to provide a system of systems to make it easier for everyone to get around – a multimodal network. Together with the existing Metrorail and bus networks, more multimodal options are coming online, with a vision of lessening the number of cars on the county’s gridlocked roadways. Ride On extRa (or… Read more »

House bill designed to speed deployment of autonomous vehicles, more work to come

House bill designed to speed deployment of autonomous vehicles, more work to come


September 7, 2017    Kelley Coyner

This week, after months of wrangling and contentious hearings over the future of autonomous vehicles, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously approved H.R. 3388 – also known as the SAFE DRIVE Act. While the House generally agrees about the potential for AVs to save lives, consumer groups remain skeptical that the public will be protected… Read more »

3 reasons autonomous vehicles need your city’s data (and how to offer it)

3 reasons autonomous vehicles need your city’s data (and how to offer it)


September 6, 2017    Carey Anne Nadeau

How will driverless cars safely navigate the roads of all American cities, avoiding crashes and injuries, where sensors have never been and for which telematics data are not robust? Answering this fundamental question is essential for widespread adoption of autonomous vehicles and also very valuable for that industry – including car manufacturers, carsharing companies, and shipping and delivery companies –… Read more »

5 ways cities and counties can make sure autonomous vehicles and bikes mix safely

5 ways cities and counties can make sure autonomous vehicles and bikes mix safely


September 5, 2017    Kelley Coyner

This is the second of a three-part series on how bicyclists and autonomous vehicles can cohabitate. Part 1 is here. The suggestions in this series were originally developed in January at a planning session sponsored by the Eno Center for Transportation that the author designed and facilitated with fellow Mobility Lab contributor Lisa Nisenson. Eno will… Read more »

Speedy adoption of autonomous vehicles could be disastrous

Speedy adoption of autonomous vehicles could be disastrous


September 1, 2017    Ethan Goffman

The smart-growth and transit revolution of the last decade or two has had only partial success. Despite some revitalized cities and some new transit, sprawl remains dominant in America. On the heels of this incomplete revolution comes a new one: automated vehicles (AVs) that are certain to alter land use and transit. As the predominance… Read more »

Why it’s so difficult for autonomous vehicles to see bikes

Why it’s so difficult for autonomous vehicles to see bikes


August 31, 2017    Kelley Coyner

This is the first of a three-part series on how bicyclists, pedestrians, and autonomous vehicles can cohabitate. When I’m pedaling down North Pershing Drive in Arlington, Va., dodging cars or car doors or trash and delivery trucks, Mobility Mama wonders how her kids ever make it anywhere incident free. “We never ride on Pershing, we… Read more »

Demand questions are the elephant in the room with autonomous vehicles

Demand questions are the elephant in the room with autonomous vehicles


August 29, 2017    Paul Mackie

Say you live 1.3 miles from a subway station or a bus route that would offer you direct access to your job. Then picture an autonomous vehicle looping through your neighborhood every 20 minutes or so to take you and your neighbors straight to that access point. All of a sudden, you would be pretty… Read more »

Pros and cons of autonomous vehicles will be a roller coaster ride

Pros and cons of autonomous vehicles will be a roller coaster ride


August 28, 2017    Ethan Goffman

Autonomous vehicles appear to be wonderful in many ways. They will help seniors and young people get places. They’ll reduce traffic accidents and making driving safer. They will eliminate vast swaths of parking. Then again, they may worsen the most harmful aspects of sprawl. They could create lost tax revenue. They may cripple public transit…. Read more »

Determining if your city is ready for the dockless-bikeshare revolution

Determining if your city is ready for the dockless-bikeshare revolution


August 25, 2017    Lisa Nisenson

This article is excerpted and adapted from one originally published by Alta Planning + Design. As the name suggests, dockless bikeshare does not require a docking station  —  an expense that sometimes limits the number of bikes a city can afford. With dockless systems, bicycles can be parked within a defined district at a bike… Read more »

Providing safe roads is key to growing bicycle culture, report finds

Providing safe roads is key to growing bicycle culture, report finds


August 24, 2017    Kelley Coyner

Bicycle fatalities are rising and the average age for fatalities continues to rise, according to a report released today by the Governor’s Highway Safety Association. As the Washington Post notes, “Forty years ago, riding a bike was child’s play, and the overwhelming majority of those killed in bike crashes were children. [But] the average age… Read more »

Local transit agencies have a key role to play in global climate pact

Local transit agencies have a key role to play in global climate pact


August 22, 2017    David Kirkpatrick

Last month, President Donald Trump pulled the United States out of the global climate pact, the Paris Agreement, prompting cities, states, investors, businesses, organizations of all sizes, and everyday Americans to step forward and pledge to continue fighting climate change. But passive support like gathering signatures isn’t enough. If you really want to do something, you… Read more »

Redesign and rethink the U.S.’s existing transportation: Tumlin

Redesign and rethink the U.S.’s existing transportation: Tumlin


August 17, 2017    Paul Mackie

Jeffrey Tumlin is a leading thinker – a mover-and-shaker – on incorporating “transportation demand management” principles into the many ways planners are rethinking the ways we’ve built our cities. I didn’t attend the Association for Commuter Transportation’s recent annual conference in New Orleans, but several of our readers told me how his keynote speech was… Read more »