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Sounding the alarm about Uber’s impacts on transit, and on cities — Human Transit

Transit consultant Jarrett Walker is concerned that Uber and its like could produce results that allows transit options like the bus and rail to wither. He also notes that Uber’s lack of profits should be a real concern because some planners could be basing their future cities on the company’s existence. It’s time to quit… Read more »

Ascension partners with Lyft to ease patient transportation

This is a very cool development and use of technology for the good of society. Ascension has partnered with Lyft to ensure that a ride is always available for patients, the companies announced Tuesday. Ascension, the nation’s largest not-for-profit hospital system and the first major hospital company to engage Lyft, said the on-demand service provides an… Read more »

U.S. DOT transportation toolkit helps public engagement – CityLab

The U.S. Department of Transportation has released a “Transportation Toolkit,” a plain-language citizen’s guide to the government’s process for major infrastructure undertakings, and how to get involved. This is pretty progressive stuff coming from an agency that not long ago plowed superhighways through cities, despite the objections of those in the way. In recent years,… Read more »

Why tactical transit is the next big thing – TransitCenter

In recent years, “tactical urbanism” has taken off in some cities, as some activists have found ways to take matters into their own hands and improve streets with just a few household materials. With many transit projects facing similar challenges, TransitCenter puts forth the idea of “tactical transit,” or quick-build pilot projects that transit agencies… Read more »

How developers are turning to Metro’s newest software tool to enhance their apps

The software developer launched into a six-minute pitch, before a roomful of data wonks, software engineers and transit enthusiasts, based on a simple question: “When is it faster to take an indirect route to work?” Using an algorithm that collected trip paths and estimated travel times, Joseph Haaga, 22, sought to answer that question through… Read more »

Car-free living in the United States: What the data says

Over the past decade, car-free living has gotten an amazing amount of attention in urbanist circles and popular media in the United States. Can growth in car-free living actually be detected in national-level and state-level data? In which metros and cities is car-free living becoming more common? The data hold some surprises. At the national… Read more »

Beyond cars: City Council votes for ‘person trips’ to make better planning decisions

When it comes to planning a city, trips matter. One of the ways the City of Portland pays for infrastructure is by charging developers a fee based on the impact their new building will have on the transportation system.  There’s just one small problem: The methodology is centered almost exclusively around cars. The Portland Bureau… Read more »

Ride-hailing has a friend in Chao, but does self-driving?

In today’s USA Today, technology and culture reporter Marco della Cava notes that although incoming U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao’s “public service record is extensive, her leadership tenure as Labor secretary and at the head of organizations such as the United Way and the Peace Corps doesn’t shed much light on how she would rule… Read more »