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Transit is made for walking – TransitCenter

While first-last mile solutions are useful strategies in less-dense communities, TransitCenter’s Zak Accuardi explains that transit performs best when riders can walk to stations: “Improving street network connections that make walking to transit easier is among the most useful and cost-effective first- and last-mile strategies. Even in relatively dense urban centers, walking to transit can… Read more »

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The world’s most elegant public transit campaign – CityLab

As an antidote to our distaste for Denver’s latest transit messaging, a wave of enjoyment is rushing over us to see the pure joy and inspiration Toronto is building for its public-transportation options. The Toronto Transit Commission has a new fleet of subway and streetcars, so why not show them off in style? In its latest… Read more »

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How self-driving cars will change local real estate – Washingtonian Magazine

In a new article that appears in the April issue of Washingtonian, author Michael Gaynor asks several experts what the D.C. region would look like with autonomous vehicles. Mobility Lab managing director Howard Jennings is quoted saying they could “increase the reach of Metro stations by helping solve that last mile or two of travel… Read more »

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Reston’s paid parking battle was a long time coming – Washingtonian

This is a very well-reasoned piece by Dan Reed about the emotional issue of parking. Focusing on Reston Town Center, in Virginia, where hundreds recently protested having to pay for parking. The protesters basically claim parking “is a God-given right,” but in places like this with such high demand, if parking is underpriced, people will… Read more »

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Intuit, Mayo Clinic, and Verizon understand TDM, more HR pros need to get it as well – Human Resources Executive

Intuit, headquartered in Mountain View, Calif., is spotlighted in this article about the importance of human-resources professionals advancing transportation-demand initiatives at companies. The Mayo Clinic and Verizon are also featured for their impressive corporate TDM programs. Although commuter programs may fall outside the scope of HR, some employers say this national recognition is part of… Read more »

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Pedaling towards suffrage

Having biking as a safe transportation option can play a major role in expanding access to new economic and educational opportunities. A century ago, changing bicycle frames away from men-oriented diamonds to step-throughs that allowed for women’s clothing drew new riders to the mode. In a blog post, Emma Glaser discusses the historic role bicycles,… Read more »

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Study: Uber and Lyft add traffic, reduce efficiency on Denver and Boulder roads – Streetsblog Denver

As more research comes in, it’s becoming a little clearer that Uber and Lyft are no substitute for effective public transit, and cities shouldn’t feel they don’t need to provide it if they’re allowing ride-hail operators. Recently it was discovered that New York City’s traffic is worse because of Uber and Lyft. Now the same… Read more »

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Talking Headways podcast: When relatives take transit, you ride too

“A lot of the issues that affect ridership happen to be outside of the hands of the transit agencies,” says Darnell Grisby. He’s the director of policy development and research at the American Public Transportation Association and is the latest guest on the always-excellent Talking Headways podcast. (After you listen to Darnell’s episode, check out this… Read more »

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Driverless cars will be the end of transportation – Real Life Magazine

Although much of this provocative article reads like science fiction, the author does a good job of anticipating how people may change when we become an autonomous-vehicles society. “Driverless cars posit a possible future without street life and without spaces for spontaneity,” she concludes, after noting dozens of ways we would change. As with previous… Read more »

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Arizona DOT’s quirky messaging is working – Arizona State Press

The Arizona Department of Transportation’s recent efforts to add a little fun to its traffic safety messaging is a nice model for all kinds of messaging for public-transportation agencies and advocates. Efforts such as messaging contests for the public and using pop-culture references in highway digital signage have created massive new social-media audiences for the… Read more »