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WMATA’s first Metro Data Day creates official space for Metro/developer cooperation

Each day, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority collects a lot of data. Hidden within is information that could contribute more reliable service and customer experiences. Unfortunately, WMATA does not have the resources to take full advantage of these assets, leaving an opening for concerned citizens to pick up the slack. Last week, the WMATA… Read more »


New tools outline transportation planning impacts, look to boost resident engagement

In transportation planning, there is often a disconnect between planners and the public that can limit a new project’s effectiveness. By creating innovative and interactive presentations of data, planners can better inform and engage stakeholders of what transportation projects will bring to a community. At the October installment of the Mobility Lab-sponsored Transportation Techies meetup,… Read more »


Benefits of reliable transit: How transit agencies and planners should be talking about BRT

Bus Rapid Transit systems are beginning to pop up as quickly as fast-casual restaurants in the greater Washington region. Everywhere you look BRT systems are coming online – Fairfax, Arlington and Montgomery counties, and the City of Alexandria. And why shouldn’t D.C. be joining the ranks of New York, Chicago, and Barcelona? The region consistently ranks as… Read more »

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Seattle pilot will let buildings rent parking spaces as park-and-rides

Though it’s made rapid progress in shifting commuters away from driving alone to work, Seattle is still looking to address ongoing congestion within the Puget Sound region. Now, the King County Metro is planning to launch a pilot to attract commuters to light rail and buses by allowing nearby buildings to rent their empty parking spaces… Read more »


In LA, Rams’ return creates parking demand “laboratory”

Last week, the Los Angeles Rams played their first home game since returning to Southern California. And while it took place in their temporary home, the LA Memorial Coliseum – a historic stadium that has twice hosted the Olympics and currently hosts USC football games – the arrival of the NFL created a unique transportation-demand situation,… Read more »


How are people in the DC region getting to work in 2016?

Initial findings from the Transportation Planning Board’s 2016 State of the Commute analysis Teleworking is up, driving alone is down, and commuters are, on average, traveling farther and longer. Today, the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments released the preliminary analysis of its 2016 State of the Commute survey. The regional, triennial report presents a snapshot… Read more »


Transit is 10-times safer than driving – and makes communities safer, says new APTA report

If you truly cared about safety, you would stop driving your car right now and jump aboard transit. That is the underlying recommendation of a study released today by the American Public Transit Association, with help from the Victoria Transport Policy Institute. The latest data certainly backs up APTA’s numbers. According to the U.S. Department… Read more »


How to get inventive transportation projects right early on

In 2013, the city of Nice, France, launched an ambitious “smart parking” service that allowed drivers to find available parking spaces in real-time through a smartphone app. In order for the system to work, the city paid 10 million euros (or about $11.3 million USD) to install hundreds of sensors next to parking spaces, as… Read more »

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WMATA pilot brings Wi-Fi to six stations, ties connectivity to better transit info

On Monday, WMATA launched a 45-day pilot of public Wi-Fi in stations downtown. The program will cover Union Station, L’Enfant Plaza, Archives, Gallery Place, Judiciary Square, and Metro Center. While better wireless connectivity is always helpful for riders, it’s interesting that WMATA has chosen to integrate the pilot with real-time train arrival information. Upon signing… Read more »

Targeted advertising from Netflix, which happens to be on transit.

Watch and learn: What transit agencies can pick up from other industries

Public transportation could learn key messaging lessons from unlikely places The public transportation industry needs a “brand rehabilitation,” and educating people about transportation options is a huge part of that recovery. With so many positive elements in transit and non-driving transportation options – community-building, productivity, healthiness, cost savings, stress reduction – it should be a… Read more »