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Affordable housing and transit should go hand-in-hand

The term “affordable housing finance” isn’t quite as catchy as “carshare,” “bikeshare,” or any of the other technology improvements helping promote transportation demand management. Yet for low-income members of our communities, who stand to benefit the most from those solutions, affordable housing finance should be considered, and put to use as, a TDM strategy. In… Read more »

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Growing TransitScreen hopes to bring real-time info to 40 cities in 2016

Walking down the street in the near future, you may encounter a massive projection on the sidewalk. Or wall-mounted displays in office lobbies. What you’re seeing is the transportation network coming to life. “As urban mobility gets more complex, the problem of how to get informed is only getting more severe,” said Matt Caywood, CEO… Read more »

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Why the struggle is real (especially today)

As the news of the Metro shutdown spread yesterday, all I could hear on my commute home was whispers of disbelief that an entire system/mode was being shut down. Midweek. For more than 24 hours. Unbelievable. And as I totally creeped on other people’s conversations, I commiserated, because even as a transportation demand management professional,… Read more »

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Federal agencies highlight the intersection of housing and transportation

People often consider the costs of owning or renting a home and getting to and from it as completely separate items in their budgets. They also likely consider these items as highly personal and local matters beyond the influence of the federal government. But U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and Housing Secretary Julian Castro made the… Read more »

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WMATA hosts Metro Hack Night, announces more real-time data

While Metrorail and Metrobus ridership has fallen in recent years, the transit system is still an essential backbone to the Washington, D.C., region’s transportation options. Keeping riders aware of daily system performance is a legion of concerned programmers, working to make it easy and predictable to ride Metrobus or rail. These developers and Metro enthusiasts… Read more »

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Transportation Techies’ Metro Hack Night, from within WMATA HQ

Last night, members of the Transportation Techies group came together to share projects, visualizations, and apps relating to D.C.’s Metro system. The group’s fourth “Metro Hack Night” since Techies first began, it was the first to take place inside the WMATA headquarters in downtown Washington, D.C. A full write-up of the presentations will hit the… Read more »

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What agencies need to know About passenger Wi-Fi

This article originally appeared in Metro Magazine. Internet connectivity is expected everywhere as people are increasingly becoming more and more used to being connected wherever they are. The latest figures from Ericsson show global mobile data consumption has increased by 55 percent over the past 12 months. “We are experiencing this trend firsthand, having doubled… Read more »

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Watch: Governing the new transportation options

With federal support consistently failing to keep up with the changing landscape of shared-use and technology-based mobility options, what role can governments play in ensuring these systems address equity, access, and carbon pollution? Last fall’s Disrupting Mobility Summit in Cambridge, Mass., brought together a number of experts from within federal and local agencies to how these changes can… Read more »

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The numbers game: Choosing the right metrics for transportation planning

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… Read more »

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Inside the planning of Baltimore’s transit overhaul

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… Read more »