What does transportation in the U.S. city of the future look like?

With crushing traffic frustrating residents of big cities and smaller towns alike, most people are seeking transportation options. Some of us don’t even know we might have options. But making places less dangerous will have myriad effects on making our lives better.

Citizens, businesses, and governments are realizing the need to change their transportation habits, and technology has been a chief enabler of this trend – from on-demand options to the sharing economy to autonomous vehicles and beyond.

As agencies embrace the shift and focus on connecting old transportation systems to the many new ones, our array of transportation options should become more efficient and easier for many more people to adopt. More information.

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USDOT and Vulcan Announce $50 Million Reward to the City of the Future

The ultimate city of the future won’t be New York, Chicago, Austin, or Los Angeles – some of the places we routinely hear about for the impressive ways they work to rework and massage their transportation networks for the better.

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TransportationCamp DC 2017 shares perspectives on today’s (and tomorrow’s) mobility challenges

TransportationCamp DC 2017 shares perspectives on today’s (and tomorrow’s) mobility challenges


January 11, 2017    Andrew Carpenter

With the transportation landscape evolving quickly in recent years – new mobility options and growing support for transit and bicycling – decision-makers face greater opportunity and unpredictability in how they can utilize and react to such options. What should the role of private enterprise be in providing transportation services? How transit-oriented development should evolve with… Read more »

What does “mobility on demand” success look like?

What does “mobility on demand” success look like?


January 4, 2017    Andrew Carpenter

In October, the Federal Transit Administration announced the selection of 11 projects through its Mobility on Demand Sandbox Program. A piece of a broader move throughout the United States Department of Transportation, the $8 million funding program hopes to harness the potential of on-demand mobility options to make transportation systems more accessible and spur innovative… Read more »

New carpooling service looks to employers for ride-matching potential

New carpooling service looks to employers for ride-matching potential


December 22, 2016    Paul Mackie

Commuter carpooling has been in a nosedive since about 1980. And it’s nearly inexplicable that the rate hovers around 5 percent in Washington, D.C., where traffic and parking are particularly abominable even though there are many – maybe too many – ride sharing resources . Since 1980, leaders have invested in HOV lanes and E-ZPass,… Read more »

With real-time data now public, developers delving deeper into Metrorail insights

With real-time data now public, developers delving deeper into Metrorail insights


December 21, 2016    Andrew Carpenter

Now that the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority has released its new real-time train location data feed to the public, developers have jumped on the opportunity to explore new insights from the agency’s data. At the latest Transportation Techies meetup, Metro Hack Night VI, programmers gathered in WMATA headquarters to share the projects they have… Read more »

How new technologies might complement Arlington’s transportation options

How new technologies might complement Arlington’s transportation options


December 8, 2016    Andrew Carpenter

Communities around the United States have begun to embrace non-driving transportation options as a key factor in standards of living. But with such rapid changes in technology, it can be difficult to predict how cities will adapt and what they will look like in the coming years. Emerging options like autonomous vehicles and smartphone innovations,… Read more »

WMATA’s SelectPass pilot could become permanent, would complement TDM plans

WMATA’s SelectPass pilot could become permanent, would complement TDM plans


November 29, 2016    Adam Russell

When transit passes are simple, flexible, and useful, the choice to take Metro or bus over other modes becomes that much more clear. In the D.C. region, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transportation Authorityhas been testing a pass structure that does just that, while encouraging extra rides that would essentially be free to passholders. The SelectPass… Read more »

When bikeshare stations are near Metro, more people use them

When bikeshare stations are near Metro, more people use them


November 23, 2016    Bryan Barnett-Woods

Capital Bikeshare can help get people to a Metro station when they live or work too far away to walk there. As a result, the region’s busiest bikeshare stations are next to Metro, especially outside of D.C. Although some people do use bikeshare as their primary mode of getting around the same way others use… Read more »

Predicting future use, connecting communities with Capital Bikeshare data

Predicting future use, connecting communities with Capital Bikeshare data


November 9, 2016    Andrew Carpenter

Capital Bikeshare’s open data is an invaluable tool that allows programmers and researchers to contribute to and learn from the system, making biking more accessible to residents and visitors in the Washington, D.C., area. At November’s Mobility Lab-sponsored Transportation Techies meetup, CaBi Hack Night VI, programmers and Capital Bikeshare users presented tools they developed to improve… Read more »