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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How often is that bike lane blocked? A crowdsourced tool takes a look.

How often is that bike lane blocked? A crowdsourced tool takes a look.


March 13, 2017    Andrew Carpenter

It’s a common conversation topic among bike commuters: drivers block bike lanes all too often, and cities rarely seem responsive about it. This has been anecdotal for some time, but advocates in the Washington, D.C., region have been collecting some useful data and in order to develop a stronger case for better enforcement and safer… Read more »

Visualizing a 10-minute walk’s worth of transportation connections

Visualizing a 10-minute walk’s worth of transportation connections


March 10, 2017    Adam Russell

How far will 10 minutes of walking take you in Arlington? And which transportation options will you find? Mobility Lab’s tech advisor Michael Schade, inspired by a Twitter inquiry about walkshed visualisations, recently set out to create a localized walkshed tool that links walking to any number of transportation options. Speaking at last month’s walking-centric Transportation… Read more »

Breaking the mold in the quest for the ultimate connected city

Breaking the mold in the quest for the ultimate connected city


March 9, 2017    Paul Mackie

This is part 2 of a two-part series on how advocates can create connected cities. Part 1 examined public agencies reshaping their transportation priorities. Pinellas County, Fla., just west of Tampa Bay, is one of several local governments in the nation to essentially embed Uber and Lyft into the local transit system. Transit riders can… Read more »

Transit as a lifelong habit: Early transit use informs choices later on in life

Transit as a lifelong habit: Early transit use informs choices later on in life


March 9, 2017    Adam Russell

Travel choices are a habit, and not just one for a day-to-day consideration. A new study by Michael Smart and Nicholas Klein found that people who lived near reliable transit options early in their lives, such as in their 20s and 30s, were more likely to choose transit later on. Writing on Planetizen, the authors… Read more »

Untangling the jumbled path towards the ultimate connected city

Untangling the jumbled path towards the ultimate connected city


February 28, 2017    Paul Mackie

This is part 1 of a two-part series on how advocates can create connected cities, examining how public agencies can reshape their priorities. Part 2 will detail how they can then move beyond conventional projects. Smartphone owners feel connected much of the time, for better or worse. But shouldn’t that be the goal for physical… Read more »

Would minor map changes encourage Metro riders to shift their commutes?

Would minor map changes encourage Metro riders to shift their commutes?


February 23, 2017    Adam Russell

SafeTrack surges in the past months have highlighted one of of the D.C. Metrorail system’s largest demand crunches: the Rosslyn tunnel bottleneck, where the Blue, Orange, and Silver lines converge to head east into downtown. This capacity issue has been exacerbated by the 2014 Silver line opening, and more recently by the current Blue line shutdown… Read more »

Five ways employers are thinking big on commuter benefits

Five ways employers are thinking big on commuter benefits


February 21, 2017    Adam Russell

A new publication from the Association for Commuter Transportation, entitled “Getting to Work,” highlights the ways several forward-thinking employers are offering better commuting options to their employees. Each story offers a look at the unique transportation challenges major employers face – from parking crunches to time-consuming commutes – and which solutions have proven effective in addressing… Read more »

Building a transit army: How MARTA Army is working to improve Atlanta’s bus stops

Building a transit army: How MARTA Army is working to improve Atlanta’s bus stops


February 8, 2017    Andrew Carpenter

Transit advocacy doesn’t have to move slowly through layers of bureaucracy: in Atlanta, advocates have been mobilizing to improve bus stops in their own neighborhoods. At TransportationCamp DC last month, representatives from the grassroots advocacy group MARTA Army shared their organizing model, which has been successful in creating tangible improvements for riders in the Atlanta… Read more »