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Paul Goddin

Paul Goddin

Paul writes about urban affairs.
NYC DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg on Citi Bike

Biggest Transportation Innovation? People Reclaiming Their Streets

American cities are adding bus and bike lanes, implementing bikeshare systems, and creating public plazas and miniature parks at a rapid pace.[quote_right][feature_box title=”OPTION OPPORTUNITIES” title_color=”fff” header_color=”369″]Cities with civic advocates, strong leaders, and creative transportation agencies have had the most success creating lasting and sustainable transportation system reforms.[/feature_box][/quote_right] Urban streets, long the domain of automobiles, are… Read more »

Transit’s Simple Advantage? You Can Use Smartphones

[quote_right][feature_box title=”TDM TAKEAWAY” title_color=”fff” header_color=”369″]New research shows people are riding Chicago’s transit because they can stay connected via their mobile devices. This is a major selling point that agencies across the country can use to boost ridership.[/feature_box][/quote_right] With public-transit use riding a 58-year high of 10.8 billion trips last year, it only makes sense to… Read more »

Uber’s plan for self-driving cars bigger than its taxi disruption

Uber has fundamentally changed the taxi industry. But its biggest disruption may be yet to come. [quote_right][feature_box title=”TDM TAKEAWAY” title_color=”fff” header_color=”369″]Uber’s disruption of the taxi industry is yesterday’s news. How should we approach its many other approaching disruptions?[/feature_box][/quote_right] The ride-hailing company has invested in autonomous-vehicle research, and its CEO Travis Kalanick (pictured above) has indicated that… Read more »

New Research Reveals the Costs of Sprawl to Municipal Coffers

[quote_right][feature_box title=”TDM TAKEAWAY” title_color=”fff” header_color=”369″]New research teaches cities how the ways they are developed impact the cost of municipal services.[/feature_box][/quote_right] Ever since the Roman Empire, local governments have had great control over land use. Today, municipalities control development using zoning regulations, tax policies, and infrastructure-investment decisions. Municipalities can choose to develop in an unconnected, low-density, suburban-style manner,… Read more »

Transportation Startups Could Be the “Next Great Small Business”

[quote_right][feature_box title=”TDM TAKEAWAY” title_color=”fff” header_color=”369″]Nurturing local startups is a great way to find better transportation options.[/feature_box][/quote_right] The new shared-ride mobility company Split, operating out of Washington D.C., was one of two transportation startups recognized in the recent Tech.Co Startup Competition in Arlington, Virginia. Split was deemed the standout of the two, being awarded second-place overall in… Read more »

Businesses Moving to Where the Public Transportation Is – Downtown

[quote_right][feature_box title=”TDM TAKEAWAY” title_color=”fff” header_color=”369″]The pattern of office relocations is making it easier for people to reconsider the commuting possibilities.[/feature_box][/quote_right] The deciding factor in Panasonic’s move of its North American headquarters from Secaucus, New Jersey to Newark was public transportation, according to Jim Reilly, vice president of corporate communications. The company relocated from a large… Read more »

Slow Down! And Four Other Ways to Make People Love Cyclists

[quote_right][feature_box title=”TDM TAKEAWAY” title_color=”fff” header_color=”369″]As cycling becomes more mainstream, the image of cyclists is changing as well. We need to promote this new and better image.[/feature_box][/quote_right] Just as there are two Americas, there are two types of cyclists. First, there are the Cyclists with a capital “C,” clad in Lycra and obsessed with speed. These… Read more »

Living in the Heart of D.C. May Actually Be Cheaper Than Living in the Outer Suburbs

[quote_right][feature_box title=”TDM TAKEAWAY” title_color=”fff” header_color=”369″]People may have incentive to take public transportation now that they have access to better information about the true costs of car ownership.[/feature_box][/quote_right] The conventional wisdom is that living in the city is much more expensive than living outside of it. Taxes, entertainment, and groceries all add up to a slightly higher… Read more »

Should Uber Get Special Treatment? A Look at Sharing-Economy Rules

[quote_right][feature_box title=”TDM TAKEAWAY” title_color=”fff” header_color=”369″]Confusion on regulations for startups is making it tricky for cities and states to innovate with public transportation.[/feature_box][/quote_right] Sharing-economy companies like Uber, Lyft, and AirBnB continue to disrupt industries as they create services that are incredibly appealing to consumers. Whatever your opinion on these companies, the decision regarding if, and how… Read more »

Peace and Love – Not Scare Mongering – Makes Better Bike-Ped-Car Messaging

[quote_right][feature_box title=”TDM TAKEAWAY” title_color=”fff” header_color=”369″]The right kind of safety messaging can set a transit agency apart from the competition – and encourage active transportation.[/feature_box][/quote_right] Arlington hasn’t unveiled its new PAL marketing campaign yet, but Mobility Lab received a preview of it. Soon to show up on ART buses, in Arlington Metro stations, and in local… Read more »