Authors & Contributions
Howard Jennings

Howard Jennings

Howard is former managing director of Mobility Lab and specializes in the sharing economy and transportation technology and policy.

Cities will need to fight zero-occupant miles with “TDM for autonomous vehicles”

The advent of autonomous vehicles is fraught with uncertainty, especially when it comes to their impacts on traffic, travel choices, and the broader transportation system. They offer many potential benefits, but many potential negative impacts, depending in part on how they are deployed. While widespread adoption may still be decades away, significant numbers will begin… Read more »

Last chance to comment: Proposed USDOT rules would likely harm communities

If you value communities that are enhanced by transit, bikeability, walkability, and ridesharing, you should know that the proposed rules on Performance Measures for the National Highway System, the Interstate Highway System, and the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality program will undercut policy and funding that support these modes of travel and programs that support… Read more »

A wide pedestrian crossing in Tokyo

Tech is good, but we need transportation planning for the city of the future

This article was originally published by Expert Sure and CleanTechnica. [quote_right][feature_box title=”TRANSPO TAKEAWAY” title_color=”fff” header_color=”369″]We will achieve embraceable cities of the future if we get the right people at the table now to start planning.[/feature_box][/quote_right]What does transportation in the U.S. city of the future look like? Mobility Lab gets asked this a lot because it’s clear… Read more »

How Transportation Funding Fails to Work the Way Anyone Intended

This is the first of a two-part Mobility Lab series. Part 1 looks at the big-picture history of transportation funding in the United States. Part 2 will examine ways we can fund transportation in a future of flat federal funding.[quote_right][feature_box title=”OPTIONS OPPORTUNITIES” title_color=”fff” header_color=”369″]Even with a bleak outlook for federal funding, state and local leaders… Read more »

Transportation Bill Misses Boat on Most Exciting Aspects of Industry

[quote_right][feature_box title=”OPTION OPPORTUNITIES” title_color=”fff” header_color=”369″]Tech and non-driving options could catch transportation sector up to what people are demanding if Congress allows it.[/feature_box][/quote_right] From the fast-moving on-demand economy to increases in non-auto trips for Americans, one would think Congress would be trying to at least keep up with the latest trends in transportation. But when the… Read more »

“Drivers For Hire” Like Uber Will Be an Exciting Evolution

Bloomberg reported today that Uber is now facing two new challenges in New York City: competitor Lyft has now entered the market and new legislation is being enacted to place price caps on rides during times of bad weather. As the sharing economy continues its impressive march, Uber and Lyft (as well as Sidecar) are… Read more »

An Open Letter to Governor McAuliffe for Virginia’s Transportation Solution

This article originally appeared in InTheCapital. Parts of it also appeared in the Richmond Times Dispatch and the Arlington Sun Gazette. New Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe’s administration has the opportunity to take a fresh look at transportation funding and invest more dollars in commuter services that get maximum efficiency from our existing infrastructure and provide critical access to… Read more »

Mobility Lab Joins With Blumenauer, LaHood in Calling for Transportation Revenue

Just over a month ago, former U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood made news as the keynote speaker at a Mobility Lab event by proclaiming that the time was right for an increase to the national gasoline tax. At least some members of Congress agree. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) this week introduced a bill designed to… Read more »

Study: Business Leaders Give High Marks to Transportation System in Arlington

Seventy-three percent of the Arlington senior executives surveyed in Mobility Lab’s latest study give “very good” or “excellent” ratings to the county’s business climate. Further, 58 percent of local leaders rate that climate as superior to the rest of the Greater Washington region and 70 percent said the same when asked to compare Arlington with the rest… Read more »

Increasing Gas Tax Shows as Surprisingly Popular in New Traffic-Congestion Study

People are frustrated and think that governments are not doing enough to improve transportation, according to a new report by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments and the Brookings Institution entitled “What Do People Think of Congestion Pricing?” The unexpected finding in the study is that support for raising gas taxes increased from 21 percent… Read more »