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“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 […]

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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 […]


Redefining Uber: Why the Term Rideshare Doesn’t Fit

Thursday, April 17, 2014 10:00 AM

Uber and its ilk are cool and disruptive technologies, and our position at Mobility Lab is that additional transportation choices are always a good thing for consumers. But Uber’s habit of calling itself a “rideshare company” is getting out of hand. Neither Uber, Sidecar, nor Lyft fit any of the criteria of a rideshare, yet […]

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Uber, Sidecar, and Lyft Are Great Options, But They Are Not Ridesharing Companies

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 1:20 PM

People love new transportation technologies like Uber, Sidecar, and Lyft that are allowing them to get on their smartphones to quickly and conveniently hail a ride. But with that ease of use, there are several murky areas that could in the end negatively affect the public. Public and non-profit ridesharing or commuter-services programs all across […]

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New Transportation Options on Table at Upcoming Innovation in Mobility Summit

Friday, February 28, 2014 10:49 AM

I attended the Shared-Use Mobility Summit in San Francisco last year and came away from it with a strong sense that the conversations happening there should continue. At the time, no one knew that this inaugural event would spur such interest. Hundreds of people would be turned away due to the overwhelming response. The next […]

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Keeping Governments Relevant as the Sharing Economy Grows

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 2:53 PM

Shared-use mobility is a hot topic these days. Mobility Lab is partnering with the Association for Commuter Transportation and TransitCenter on an event June 10-11 in Washington D.C. called Innovation in Mobility Public Policy Summit. And Mobility Lab Director Tom Fairchild was a panelist recently at The Brookings Institution for Mobility Innovations in the Sharing Economy sponsored by the Japan […]

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Mobility Lab Joins With Blumenauer, LaHood in Calling for Transportation Revenue

Friday, December 6, 2013 5:20 PM

Just over a month ago, former U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood made news as the keynote speaker at a Mobility Lab event by proclaiming that the time was right for an increase to the national gasoline tax. At least some members of Congress agree. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) this week introduced a bill designed to […]

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LaHood: America’s Transportation Future is in Rail, Google Car, Mobility Labs

Thursday, October 24, 2013 12:00 PM

In the next 25 years, America’s highway system will be replaced in large part by a crisscrossing network of passenger rail lines. The automobile will be replaced by the Google (driverless) car. Alternative modes of transportation such as biking and walking will be more prevalent. And there will be a national chain of Mobility Labs […]

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Ray LaHood Rocks the House

Thursday, October 17, 2013 11:59 AM

Mobility Lab’s communications team billed this event as “Ray LaHood unplugged,” and it really became that sort of a jam. LaHood riffed on everything from Arlington streetcars to bikes and on national safe school-bus transportation programs to Chicago’s Mayor Rahm Emanuel visiting 145 “elevated” stops to ensure better transit for working folks. Ray LaHood, the […]

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Mobility Lab’s Ray LaHood Event Set to Inspire Transportation Options for Americans

Thursday, October 3, 2013 3:07 PM

Bicycle advocates love Ray LaHood. And no wonder. The former Republican Congressman from Illinois and Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation doesn’t do quiet, uninspiring speeches. He’s been to five straight League of American Bicyclists’ National Bike Summits and, in 2010, he was “made famous” by jumping onto a table (see the video above) to […]