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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Redesign and rethink the U.S.’s existing transportation: Tumlin

Redesign and rethink the U.S.’s existing transportation: Tumlin


August 17, 2017    Paul Mackie

Jeffrey Tumlin is a leading thinker – a mover-and-shaker – on incorporating “transportation demand management” principles into the many ways planners are rethinking the ways we’ve built our cities. I didn’t attend the Association for Commuter Transportation’s recent annual conference in New Orleans, but several of our readers told me how his keynote speech was… Read more »

Traffic planners should listen up to solutions offered by Transportation Techies

Traffic planners should listen up to solutions offered by Transportation Techies


August 16, 2017    Andrew Carpenter

Traffic wastes time and money almost everywhere on the planet, so congestion is the bogeyman many transportation planners hope to defeat. Attendees at the most-recent Transportation Techies Meetup – held at Mobility Lab in Arlington, Va., and focused on traffic solutions – got a taste of several early-stage tech/planning options. “Data and technology are becoming… Read more »

California vanpools using Teslas to more efficiently ease traffic congestion

California vanpools using Teslas to more efficiently ease traffic congestion


August 15, 2017    Jamila Owens

This article is excerpted from the Association for Commuter Transportation’s ACT Connections Newsletter. If asked under cover of darkness and with a promise of anonymity, most vanpool program managers will admit that, with their industry, “the more things change, the more they stay the same.” People load the van, get low gas mileage, and schlep… Read more »

How ride-hailing is disrupting transit, the auto industry, and our communities

How ride-hailing is disrupting transit, the auto industry, and our communities


August 11, 2017    Ethan Goffman

This is a two-part series on ride-hailing carpool-like services. Part 1 introduced us to Via, now operating in Washington D.C., and included the results of a test ride with the service. Via launched in 2012 in Manhattan and now also operates in Chicago and Washington, D.C. And it’s similar to other services such as San Francisco’s… Read more »

Can multi-passenger ride-hailing complement public transit?

Can multi-passenger ride-hailing complement public transit?


August 9, 2017    Ethan Goffman

This is Part 1 of a two-part series on Via, a ride-hailing carpool-like service that has recently launched in Washington D.C. (Part 2 is here.) Buses cheaply transport masses of people but are slow and inconvenient. They make numerous stops, yet are still difficult for some to access. Uber and Lyft solve these problems, but… Read more »

Upscale golf cart becomes the latest mobility innovation in Arlington

Upscale golf cart becomes the latest mobility innovation in Arlington


August 3, 2017    Kelley Coyner

This summer, Sprynt moved Arlington, Va., into a new category: a community with a street-legal electric golf-cart shuttle. I missed Sprynt’s opening day on June 23, but my kids caught me up on the way to swim practice one morning a few weeks later. They said “Sprynt looks like a stretch-golf-cart. You’ll probably like it,… Read more »

Mobility: How technology will shape the way we travel

Mobility: How technology will shape the way we travel


August 2, 2017    Christine Perlick

Next-generation technologies are changing the way we travel, how we define transportation, and mobility options. Paul Mackie, our communications director, recently joined Tech Pulse TV’s panel of transportation experts to discuss emerging technologies shaping mobility, and how we will define mobility in the future. Today, somewhere between 75 to 85 percent of the cars on… Read more »

Could Uber and Lyft push to make paratransit efficient and affordable?

Could Uber and Lyft push to make paratransit efficient and affordable?


July 28, 2017    Angela Urban

Only seven to 10 percent of any age group with disabilities used paratransit or other specialized services for travel, according to a 2002 study by the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS). The same study said that 8 to 31 percent of any age group with disabilities uses public transit. Those numbers haven’t likely changed… Read more »