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Apps Are Not the Answer

Friday, August 14, 2015 10:47 AM

It’s clear that apps, specifically mobile apps, are the most popular creations for civic hackers and are the usual output of countless hackathons nationwide. But at the latest Transportation Techies, held for the first time in Baltimore, Justin Elszasz, an open data analyzer who blogs at The Training Set, said the focus on apps isn’t […]

by Amy Eagleburger
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Rebranding “TDM” Could Fix the Industry’s Communications Struggle

Tuesday, August 11, 2015 12:10 PM

Would a common definition of the term and practice of transportation demand management help the industry find other funding sources, do better lobbying for policies, and gain wider acceptance and popularity? And, as we at Mobility Lab constantly ponder internally, is the user-unfriendly term TDM keeping us from reaching these goals as well? Kirk Hovenkotter, […]

by Paul Mackie
Frozen Elevator

2 Main Reasons D.C. Transit Ridership is Decreasing

Thursday, March 26, 2015 11:58 AM

This article was also published at Greater Greater Washington. Americans took a record 10.75 billion trips on public transportation in 2014, according to annual ridership statistics released this month by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA). This is up from 10.65 billion trips in 2013, with the number of trips outpacing population growth. In a year […]

by Paul Goddin
Newsroom People

3 Lessons Working for the Newspaper Teaches About Transportation Choice

Monday, January 26, 2015 9:35 AM

I came to the transportation demand management (TDM) industry after an eight-year stint with the local daily newspaper, working as a marketing analyst in the circulation department. My time there corresponded with massive changes in the newspaper industry brought on by new ways of delivering information, by skyrocketing fuel costs that drove up delivery expenses, […]

by Jeremy Holmes

The Federal Government is Making Your Commute Worse

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 11:03 AM

There are a lot of reasons to be frustrated with the gridlocked federal government, but when it comes to transportation, this headline probably hits home the hardest. And it is the primary claim of a report released today, Subsidizing Congestion, by TransitCenter and The Frontier Group that describes the numerous ways in which a relatively […]

by Paul Goddin
Stephen at ACT Chesapeake chapter conference in 2013

TDM Leaders Represent “Health and Maturity” of Industry

Friday, September 26, 2014 11:46 AM

If you want a list of innovators in the transportation demand management (TDM) industry, you need look no further than the officers and board of the Association for Commuter Transportation (ACT).

ACT, the international commuter transportation and TDM advocacy organization, recently elected officers and at-large directors for 2015. The electees are a “who’s-who” of TDM practitioners.

by Paul Goddin
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A Wiggle, Protected Lanes, and Bikeshare Bring Hope to San Francisco Bicycle Commuting

Friday, August 15, 2014 10:16 AM

I got to explore San Francisco by bicycle over a couple of days during this month’s crucially educational Association for Commuter Transportation conference. There’s no doubt the city is a leader at promoting bike riding. However, even in San Francisco, where dozens of riders pour down the protected bike lanes of Market Street every minute […]

by Paul Mackie
How To

LinkedIn, Facebook Show How They Get Employees to Bike and Walk

Monday, August 4, 2014 7:24 PM

The bike/pedestrian coordinators from LinkedIn and Facebook stopped by the first day of the Association for Commuter Transportation conference in San Francisco to offer tips on how their businesses work to ease traffic. “One of best things you can do is to get a couple of community bikes. People will try them and realize that […]

by Paul Mackie
Taxi Driver

“Drivers For Hire” Like Uber Will Be an Exciting Evolution

Wednesday, July 9, 2014 4:06 PM

Bloomberg reported today that Uber is now facing two new challenges in New York City: competitor Lyft has now entered the market and new legislation is being enacted to place price caps on rides during times of bad weather. As the sharing economy continues its impressive march, Uber and Lyft (as well as Sidecar) are […]

by Howard Jennings
Economic Prosperity
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Carma Takes Swipe at Uber, Lyft, Sidecar, But Do They Care?

Wednesday, June 11, 2014 3:02 PM

The first day of the two-day Innovation in Mobility Public Policy Summit in Washington D.C. was “bike heavy,” according to one participant. With the conversation clearly revolving around bikesharing systems, participants and speakers had to dance around the subject on many people’s minds: Uber, Lyft, and Sidecar – the transportation network companies (TNCs) everyone either loves or […]

by Paul Goddin