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The Numbers Game: Choosing the Right Metrics for Transportation Planning

Thursday, February 4, 2016 11:10 AM

Last month, the Federal Highway Administration signaled it would follow California’s footsteps in encouraging moves away from Level of Service, a metric that encourages car-centered planning, toward ones favoring other, more beneficial ways people can travel. These moves demonstrate the understated importance of measurements in forming how, and by what mode, localities encourage people to […]

by Andrew Carpenter
Community Design
MTA stop, Elliot Margolies web

Inside the Planning of Baltimore’s Transit Overhaul

Wednesday, January 27, 2016 10:40 AM

How to refresh a bus system to better serve a city Transit in the Baltimore region as offered by the Maryland Transit Administration has essentially been an ongoing expansion project since the inception of streetcar services in the late 19th century. While there have been efforts to update the bus network, as well as the overall […]

by Joshua Diamond
Economic Prosperity
East river ferry, several seconds, web

New York’s Overlooked Waterfront Transit is Expanding and Looking to Improve Equity Along the Way

Wednesday, January 13, 2016 4:11 PM

New York City is developing a new transportation network under the radar, and one that few might associate with New York transit: ferries. Speaking at this year’s TransportationCamp DC, James Wong, the New York City Economic Development Corporation director of ferries, explained how the proposed ferry expansion is – as described in his session’s title – […]

by Andrew Carpenter
Community Design
Overpass Kittner_20151014_9092 web

Transportation Leadership 2.0 – Arlington, Technology, and the Future of Place

Thursday, December 10, 2015 2:58 PM

What will it take to jump-start Arlington’s “plan B” for transit? The county’s previous “plan A,” two streetcar lines along Columbia Pike and Crystal City, didn’t go as planned. Instead, the county unexpectedly cancelled both lines, leaving the community reeling with big questions of “why?” and “what’s next?” In October, Arlington held its inaugural TEDx […]

by Lisa Nisenson
L train, PJ Mixer-web

How Ridesharing Could Help Solve the Last-Mile Problem

Monday, November 16, 2015 3:04 PM

A few months ago I wrote a post about Uber’s new “Smart Routes” feature and ended by saying that it’s not just taxis who need to be thinking about platforms like Uber, it’s also public transit authorities. I said that because I think that multi-modal is already the new reality in terms of how we get […]

by Brandon G. Donnelly

Streets and Sidewalks Should Be Used to Improve Our Health

Thursday, July 9, 2015 12:27 PM

Streets and sidewalks take up 25 to 50 percent of a typical U.S. city’s land. New York City, for example, is on the lower end of that scale at 28 percent and Chicago (42 percent), Washington D.C. (43) and Portland, Oregon (47) are at the higher end. This, believe it or not, presents a huge […]

by Chris Hamilton
Crazy words

5 Ways Our Transportation Vocabulary Makes Absolutely No Sense

Friday, February 20, 2015 12:33 PM

Planners (myself included) love to bemoan our society’s over-reliance on the automobile. We attribute it to misguided-land use policies that promote sprawl, and funding biases that direct more money toward paving roads than expanding transit service. We even acknowledge that we are up against a “car culture” or “America’s love affair with the automobile” which […]

by Monique Wahba

Gentrification is Not a Left-Right Issue, It’s a Clash of Values

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 2:19 PM

Author Ben Ross spoke at today’s Lunch At the Lab at Mobility Lab. Below are select tweets about the ways people are discussing gentrification and how it’s shaping the worlds of affordable housing, transit, and urbanism in general.

by Paul Mackie
Missed Connections Map

Where to Find Love? Ride Public Transportation

Thursday, July 31, 2014 5:24 PM

There seems to be quite a lot of flirting, or at least furtive glancing, taking place on public transportation. A new series of Metro ads celebrating the opening of the Silver Line suggests the new rail line to Reston might not only connect Washington D.C. residents with jobs and housing, but with dating opportunities as […]

by Paul Goddin
Earl Kiang and Panel of Judges at GMU Outside the Box Conference

Idea for Smarter Transit Fares Wins George Mason Competition

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 4:08 PM

Transit would be better served if the pay-per-ride and unlimited fare schemes that currently dominate were expanded to include more fine-tuned pricing structures similar to those offered by cell phone companies. That was the idea that won the recent second annual Outside the Box transportation conference and competition at George Mason University’s (GMU’s) School of Public Policy. Winner […]

by Paul Goddin