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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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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 »