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Amtrak midwest, Jonathan Reyes

Outside of the Northeast, Amtrak plays an overlooked role in connecting communities

Editor’s note: This is part six of our summer Transpo(nation) series, as Andrew bicycles across the U.S. – from San Francisco back across to Washington D.C. – to report on transportation-demand issues. Due to a series of tornado watches and significant hail storms, I had trouble biking out of Denver to cross the Great Plains. Especially… Read more »

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Even in Silicon Valley, people need to be educated about transportation options

The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority in northern California is considering cutting all bus service in Palo Alto other than two lines that connect to San Jose. But instead of focusing on its stated goal of increasing ridership and revenue, the VTA would be wise to invest in transportation demand management, including tweaking its bus… Read more »

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Unique express bus service fills a transit gap between Denver and Boulder

Editor’s note: This is part five of our summer Transpo(nation) series, as Andrew bicycles across the U.S. to report on transportation demand issues. Continuing my summer cross-country bike journey east, I twice encountered situations where, to avoid what appeared to be harrowing highway rides, I hopped aboard regionally operated bus services. From Carson City, an… Read more »

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Crowd control: Simulating congestion in the D.C. Metro

The D.C. Metro system and its hundreds of thousands of daily riders are routinely tested with singletracking, delays, and train breakdowns. In its fifth Metro Hack Night last week, members of the Transportation Techies Meetup group presented a number of ways to track and communicate these disruptions, from fires to inaccurate arrival predictions. Congestion modeling,… Read more »

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

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 »

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Transportation planners need to use tech to catch up to public demand

Technology – from broad improvements like GPS to the autonomous cars still on the horizon – is swallowing many of the advances our engineers and planners have made since the invention of the Model T. It’s scary, and perhaps a little disheartening, for cities and their transportation agencies. But it also presents a do-or-die opportunity for… Read more »

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Mobile ticketing bringing versatility, connections to transit systems

Transit agencies are increasingly viewing the smartphone as a path towards improving the ways people book and use tickets, changes that, in turn, boost ridership and provide more connecting options. In Rice University’s Urban Edge blog, Leah Binkovitz looks into how advances in mobile ticketing are beginning to create payment flexibility for transit systems, everywhere… Read more »

MTA wait, David Barkan

Transit delay measurements should reflect how waits affect riders

It matters how transit agencies measure their own performance, not only internally but also for their riders. These measurements help agencies form the basic understanding of how reliable their services are and help them identify what needs to be improved. In a post today, transit advocacy and research organization TransitCenter notes how New York’s MTA could change… Read more »

Pentagon City Metro commuters

WMATA’s SafeTrack program will put regional TDM efforts to the test

Demand for travel options is becoming paramount Transportation demand management programs are often implemented gradually over years of outreach, education, and shifted behaviors, but the coming year will put traffic mitigation to the test. As the Washington Metropolitan Area Transportation Authority begins its SafeTrack Metro repair program, tens of thousands of commuters will be added… Read more »

Denver RTD construction, Jeffrey Beall

What does the new transportation landscape mean for public-private partnerships?

It’s safe to say that public-private partnerships, also known as P3s, have had a rocky history in the United States, with some major infrastructure projects costing cities more than anticipated or leaving them with questions over complex contracts. But as officials are now confronted with the rapidly expanding ways people are moving throughout their cities… Read more »