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Cubic, Mastercard study shows shift to transit, shared services from New York promotion

Cubic’s Urban Insights group and Mastercard collaborated on a request from New York City Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez to measure the impact of Car Free Day NYC held in April. The one-day event resulted in an increase of more than 30,000 riders than the season’s daily average on the MTA subway, and public data for other… Read more »

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Driverless vehicles are exciting, but let’s consider the negatives carefully

I don’t hate cars. In fact, I think cars were an amazing invention that dramatically improved life in the world. But we did go too far in over-designing our world around the automobile, something we are now trying to change. But it strikes me that we’re poised to make the same mistake with driverless cars…. Read more »

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Tons of research now showing how bike lanes save lives

The transformative virtues of protected bike lanes have been the focus of much research lately. A 2014 study from Portland State University determined that segregated bike paths are not only demonstrably safer for riders, they have the power to lure lapsed riders back aboard their bikes. And in a new paper in theAmerican Journal of Public Health,… Read more »

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When you live in car-dependent places, adding bike lanes can be tough

At a packed community meeting in the Baltimore suburb of Ellicott City, with around 200 attending, residents pressed county officials to drop or dramatically alter plans to convert existing shoulders used for overflow parking from school events into bike lanes on either side of the street. Cars also routinely back up into the street during… Read more »

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New study shows significant time savings, major ridership potential with high-speed train

Nearly 5 million passengers are expected to use the bullet train between Dallas and Houston by 2026, a new study shows. The ridership study by L.E.K. Consulting demonstrated a massive and growing market for the 90-minute, 240-mile trip between North Texas and Houston, with one stop in the Brazos Valley. More than 90 percent of… Read more »

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Moovel’s video: Traffic sucks, so why do we sit in it?

These authors of the book, BrainBriefs, make some good points about people’s misperceptions and why they continue to sit in gridlock traffic in their own cars instead of exploring transportation options, including: Until you make it more painful to get in a car, nobody will take transit. Some see that getting transit up and running… Read more »

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Could DC’s bike infrastructure and ridership ever be like Copenhagen?

There are some obstacles to DC having as much biking as Copenhagen’s 52% bike commuters. Our weather is both hotter and colder, and DC has more hills. But still, more bikeways would boost the amount of cycling; we could easily double, triple, or quadruple the 2% of commuters bicycling (after all, 11% walk and they have to… Read more »

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Bus service to BWI could be discontinued

When James Pettigrew heard that Metro was planning to eliminate the B30 bus to BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport, he tried to come up with a good alternative. There aren’t many. The B30 is a crucial bus connection from D.C. to BWI, and the first thing officials (possibly with private-sector help) should be examining before cutting or scaling… Read more »

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The Future of Neighborhoods: Removing Urban Freeways Gains Fresh Traction

Decisions that policymakers and transportation engineers make can enhance the fabric of cities—or destroy them. Back in August, USDOT Secretary Anthony Foxx unveiled a little-heralded Every Place Counts design challenge (we think it should be much more heralded), a program to identify areas, like the Charlotte neighborhood where he grew up, where roads have cordoned off communities… Read more »