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New trip-tracking app seeks to help planners and advocates

One of the major hurdles transportation planners face is data – incomplete sets and the often slow process of obtaining it. But a newly-released app is attempting to involve local stakeholders and fill in these gaps with a dynamic view of the rapidly changing landscape of multimodal transit. Ride Report, which started through a partnership… Read more »

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Transportation Techies: Telling better bike stories with contextual data

Bicycling in Washington, D.C. continues to rise in popularity as a commuting and recreational option. However, many residents remain wary of how safe this mode is. Helping people contextualize cyclist safety and security may help get more of them onto a bike. In December’s installment of Mobility Lab-sponsored Transportation Techies, Bike Hack Night IV at… Read more »

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Through Open Data, Taxis Can Be a Platform for Innovation

There’s no denying transportation network companies like Uber and Lyft have changed for-hire transportation forever. Now, in Montgomery County, Maryland, the Washington, D.C., area, and across the country, there has been a dire need to adapt taxi regulations in the face of the rapidly changing industry. While these transportation network companies (TNCs) are valuable options,… Read more »

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“Bus Bunching” Being Solved in D.C. Thanks to Low-Cost Technology

Bus bunching is one of the biggest problems that city transportation networks face. It’s when buses – due to traffic, delays in loading and unloading passengers, or variations in driver speed – cause other buses from the same route to be unevenly spaced. Instead of arriving every 10 minutes, multiple buses from the same route… Read more »

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Planning Tool Brings Hope for Transit Users

Paul Supawanich and his colleagues want to make transit better. They see transit as a powerful force for good because it is efficient at moving lots of people. The problem, as many transit riders will tell you, is sometimes transit isn’t actually that efficient in terms of getting someone from one place to another. There… Read more »

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Uber, Lyft Have Opportunity to Complement Local Transit Networks

We hear a lot about how Uber and Lyft are impacting traditional taxis, but what of their potential impact on public transit? Tech-enabled ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft already appear to be acting as a complement to public transit. Uber analyzed its Los Angeles trip data to in this light. Over the course of… Read more »

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Tech “Hacks” Help Create Critical Mass for Bicycling

The bicycle was created in the 1800s, but technology is keeping it relevant with “hacks” – or solutions – designed to get more people to use bike helmets, count ridership better, and reduce the obstacles keeping people from biking. These and other innovations were on display at the latest Transportation Techies event: Bike Hack Night… Read more »

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A Call for Traffic Data to Improve Our Transportation Systems

One of the most important resources for determining the transportation impacts of new land development is the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) Trip Generation Manual. When a new neighborhood, shopping mall, or office complex is proposed, transportation engineers conduct a study that forecasts “trip generation” – or how much traffic will come in and out… Read more »

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Neighborhood Clusters Added to Updated Capital Bikeshare Trip Visualizer

Capital Bikeshare’s trip history data for the 4th quarter of 2012 has been posted, and with it I’ve made a new version of the CaBi Trip Visualizer. (See last quarter’s version at A Closer Look at Bikeshare Data.) For this version, I’ve strengthened the features that let you examine clusters of stations. When you select… Read more »

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Transit Riders Need to Demand Better Real-Time Departure Information

Kurt Raschke, a frequent collaborator on Mobility Lab technology programs, and Chris Barnes of FixWMATA.com (on the right) were leaving a session at TransportationCamp DC on how to improve real-time transit information when Mobility Lab TV‘s cameras caught up with them. Kurt was concerned about transit agencies losing faithful customers when their real-time bus and train… Read more »