How are people in the DC region getting to work in 2016? How are people in the DC region getting to work in 2016?
How are people in the DC region getting to work in 2016?
How are people in the DC region getting to work in 2016?
Transit is 10-times safer than driving – and makes communities safer, says new APTA report Transit is 10-times safer than driving – and makes communities safer, says new APTA report
Transit is 10-times safer than driving – and makes communities safer, says new APTA report
Transit is 10-times safer than driving – and makes communities safer, says new APTA report
Better data collection and accessibility would help advocates get kids walking and biking to school again Better data collection and accessibility would help advocates get kids walking and biking to school again
Better data collection and accessibility would help advocates get kids walking and biking to school again
Better data collection and accessibility would help advocates get kids walking and biking to school again
Virginians are diversifying travel habits, want more transportation options, state survey says Virginians are diversifying travel habits, want more transportation options, state survey says
Virginians are diversifying travel habits, want more transportation options, state survey says
Virginians are diversifying travel habits, want more transportation options, state survey says
Where do Capital Bikeshare users stop and see the sights? Where do Capital Bikeshare users stop and see the sights?
Where do Capital Bikeshare users stop and see the sights?
Where do Capital Bikeshare users stop and see the sights?
Where and how do Capital Bikeshare riders use bike lanes? Where and how do Capital Bikeshare riders use bike lanes?
Where and how do Capital Bikeshare riders use bike lanes?
Where and how do Capital Bikeshare riders use bike lanes?

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How are people in the DC region getting to work in 2016?

How are people in the DC region getting to work in 2016?


September 21, 2016    Adam Russell

Initial findings from the Transportation Planning Board’s 2016 State of the Commute analysis Teleworking is up, driving alone is down, and commuters are, on average, traveling farther and longer. Today, the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments released the preliminary analysis of its 2016 State of the Commute survey. The regional, triennial report presents a snapshot… Read more »

Transit is 10-times safer than driving – and makes communities safer, says new APTA report

Transit is 10-times safer than driving – and makes communities safer, says new APTA report


September 8, 2016    Paul Mackie

If you truly cared about safety, you would stop driving your car right now and jump aboard transit. That is the underlying recommendation of a study released today by the American Public Transit Association, with help from the Victoria Transport Policy Institute. The latest data certainly backs up APTA’s numbers. According to the U.S. Department… Read more »

Analysis of military base travel choices leads to improved pedestrian connections, more transportation options

Analysis of military base travel choices leads to improved pedestrian connections, more transportation options


July 13, 2016    Paul Mackie

Arlington’s work to improve military base transportation options gets top marks Look at a map of Arlington County, Virginia, and it’s easy to see just how much of it is covered by Arlington National Cemetery and the crescent moon-shaped Fort Myer-Henderson Hall military base on its western border. But, considering Arlington’s wide array of public… Read more »

Better data collection and accessibility would help advocates get kids walking and biking to school again

Better data collection and accessibility would help advocates get kids walking and biking to school again


July 8, 2016    Paul Mackie

How do we get back to a simpler time, when kids physically exerted themselves on the way to school by bicycling or walking, and in the process made themselves healthier, more attentive in class, and happier? Believe it or not, one answer may be with technology. Through accessible and usable data, advocates can use fact-based priorities… Read more »

Virginians are diversifying travel habits, want more transportation options, state survey says

Virginians are diversifying travel habits, want more transportation options, state survey says


June 29, 2016    Paul Mackie

Commute survey also shows telework increasing, with potential for more Virginia is seeing several trends that offer encouragement to areas racked with congestion, according to the recently released 2015 Virginia Statewide Travel Study. “Overall, between 2007 and 2015, use of transit increased by 33 percent, even though people didn’t perceive that there was an increase in transit… Read more »

Where do Capital Bikeshare users stop and see the sights?

Where do Capital Bikeshare users stop and see the sights?


June 23, 2016    Jon Wergin

Part 3 of a study of Capital Bikeshare GPS data This series of posts discusses a study undertaken in the spring of 2015 where several Capital Bikeshare bikes were outfitted with GPS devices and tracked for several weeks. Read part two, which examines infrastructure usage, and part one, which looks at trip distances and times…. Read more »

Where and how do Capital Bikeshare riders use bike lanes?

Where and how do Capital Bikeshare riders use bike lanes?


June 22, 2016    Jon Wergin

Part 2 of a study of Capital Bikeshare GPS data This series of posts discusses a study undertaken in the spring of 2015 where several Capital Bikeshare bikes were outfitted with GPS devices and tracked for several weeks. Read part one, which examines general attributes of trips, here. As shown in the previous post, GPS… Read more »

Bikeshare GPS insights highlight stark differences across types of trips

Bikeshare GPS insights highlight stark differences across types of trips


June 21, 2016    Jon Wergin

A sample of Capital Bikeshare GPS trip data offers a unique look into rider behaviors This series of posts discusses a study undertaken in the spring of 2015 where several Capital Bikeshare bikes were outfitted with GPS devices and tracked for several weeks. Most bikeshare programs generate a wealth of data about their trips—where they… Read more »

Two keys to how autonomous vehicles could ease congestion

Two keys to how autonomous vehicles could ease congestion


June 16, 2016    Paul Mackie

Autonomous vehicles could soon lead us down the road so efficiently that they reduce traffic gridlock and air pollution while saving lives and money on infrastructure projects. On the other hand, people could be attracted to riding in self-driving cars more often, making our highways even more crowded. Autonomous vehicles could also generate more trips… Read more »

Tracking SafeTrack: What data to count during the single-tracking

Tracking SafeTrack: What data to count during the single-tracking


June 6, 2016    Stephen Crim

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s SafeTrack maintenance program rolled into effect this week, with continuous single-tracking between East Falls Church and Ballston, and accompanying service decreases along the Orange and Silver lines. While Arlington, the District of Columbia, and the other regional jurisdictions have enacted a number of changes to manage demand during the SafeTrack… Read more »

How bikeshare should fit into a low-stress biking network

How bikeshare should fit into a low-stress biking network


May 5, 2016    Andrew Carpenter

How do car-dominated streets inform how people use bikeshare? How can we estimate the purpose behind certain bikeshare trips? New tools to help planners and the community answer some of these daunting questions, as well as to best visualize Capital Bikeshare usage across the Washington, D.C., region, debuted at the recent “CaBi Hack Night” installment of… Read more »

Publicly visible transit info helps people make smart decisions

Publicly visible transit info helps people make smart decisions


April 25, 2016    Matt Caywood

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 »