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Waiting for the bus is about to get less bad – WIRED

Overall, research finds real-time transit information makes riders happier and can actually grow ridership, perhaps up to 2 percent. For struggling transit agencies, that can be hundreds of thousands of rides per year—no piddling number. But getting that real-time info into Google Maps and where riders can see it is no simple task, particularly for small agencies suffering… Read more »

Biking and shared rides absorb Metro Safetrack spillover – Deloitte

Metro’s usual 700,000 riders per weekday dropped 11 percent this year due partly to Safetrack disruptions. Now Deloitte has dug into the numbers and it’s encouraging to find that not everyone who left D.C.’s Metro during its year-long subways fix-it project replaced those trips by driving alone more. A recent report by Deloitte’s Center for Government Insights… Read more »

New podcast aims to change the conversation about public transit – NextCity

An intriguing podcast idea has been underway for a bit in the Twin Cities. Here to There, by local public affairs agency Apparatus along with Transit for Livable Communities and St. Paul Smart Trips, is a 10-episode series that looks at different ways people are affected by transportation. Co-host Laura Monn Ginsburg says the show is driven… Read more »

Seattle companies note job growth requires great transit

Promoting transit is not just a one-off event for Seattle’s major employers; it’s a core benefit to their employees. In fact, 65 percent of transit boardings in King County are made by someone with an employer-subsidized fare card, signaling just how pervasive this benefit has become. Employers are also investing in on-site amenities for commuters… Read more »

Survey: Transit information displays help businesses, shoppers at Tysons Corner mall – Redmon Group

Sixty-three percent of respondents reported that information they viewed on the six transit-information displays influenced their decision of when to depart the Tysons Corner Center mall in Northern Virginia, according to a survey by Redmon Group, the Virginia Department of Transportation, and Iteris. The findings suggest real-time traveler information impacts decision-making on when to depart the shopping… Read more »

Study: DC among nation’s least driver-friendly cities – WTOP

If any study ever made the case for more TDM in the nation’s capital, it’s this one. Not only did Washington D.C. rank high in traffic congestion and vehicle ownership costs, but the WalletHub study also showed that D.C. has relatively few repair shops available. Drivers are also 33 percent more likely to get into an accident,… Read more »

Equal Rights Center sues Uber for denying equal access to people who use wheelchairs – TechCrunch

The Equal Rights Center is suing Uber for denying equal access to its services for people with disabilities. According to the lawsuit, the ERC alleges that Uber has chosen not to include wheelchair-accessible cars as an option in its standard UberX fleet of vehicles, and excludes people who use wheelchairs in Washington, D.C. After conducting… Read more »

Portland has most expensive residential parking permits of any major U.S. city – KATU Portland

Portland, Oakland, San Francisco, and Omaha have the most expensive residential parking permits of the 75 largest cities in the U.S. by population, according to investigators from a Portland TV news station. They put together a handy chart that shows that only 45 of those 75 cities charge for residential parking permits, proving that parking… Read more »

Could autonomous vehicles create more human cities? – Fast Company

Fast Company and Planetizen have recently written excellent articles on whether autonomous vehicles could create more community-minded transportation behavior. For example, some of this could manifest in more people-centered street and road lighting, Fast Company notes. With more people moving around outside as communities free up new space, people-oriented environments will overthrow vehicle-serving cities. People-scale lighting, for one,… Read more »

Poor residents of color want low-cost, low-liability bikeshare, says study – Better Bike Share

In a new study from Portland State University, 80 percent of low-income people of color surveyed say they would be more likely to use bikeshare if cost and liability concerns were reduced. This is just one of the many findings from the research. And don’t miss other bike news from Curbed about bicycling’s history of starts and stops in… Read more »