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New start-up to offer free rides along Arlington’s Rosslyn-Ballston corridor – UrbanTurf DC

Sprynt plans to start offering 100-percent electric rides for free along the Rossyln-Ballston Corridor beginning June 21. So how will the private company make any money off this venture? According to DC Urban Turf, passengers will be given advertising pitches during their trips. According to a statement on the company’s website: “Our unique solution to the… Read more »

Whoever owns the fleet of autonomous vehicles owns the future – Huffington Post

A former member of the George W. Bush Administration, Eric Tanenblatt, makes the case that whoever owns the fleet of autonomous cars will own the future. And that this will be a massive change from the winners of the past, the automakers that sold their vehicles to individuals, and the winners of today like Uber,… Read more »

The future of mobility discussed by national leaders at Movimento Forum in Philadelphia – Communities in Motion

Last week in Philadelphia, Communities in Motion partnered with the Association of Commuter Transportation to hold its inaugural Movimento Forum for national and regional transportation and infrastructure professionals together to discuss the rapid changes in mobility. As part of the program, Howard Jennings, managing director of Mobility Lab presented on innovation and its impacts on mobility. Jennings noted, “I like to think of… Read more »

Can an app increase carpooling? Contra Costa County, Calif.’s partnership with Scoop aims to – Government Technology

Contra Costa County, Calif., just east of San Francisco, is working diligently to find the apps and incentives that work best for its commuters. Its latest attempt is working with Scoop to provide a $2 subsidy for people to carpool with others who live in the county but travel outside of it to get to… Read more »

Switching to off-peak deliveries reduced traffic – Science Daily

A study in Stockholm sought to determine how deliveries could be made more efficient – and have a lesser impact on disrupting traffic – if they were made in offpeak hours. Currently, the city restricts nighttime deliveries over noise concerns, so the trucks used in the study operated under noise-reducing conditions. Though it was a… Read more »

Better real-time information allows riders to make better transit choices

A report from Conduent, based on surveys from 23 cities in multiple countries, offers some broad insight into why commuters choose certain modes over others. Despite drivers citing the reliability of cars, for example, they also report experiencing the most delays (70 percent of the time). Transit riders, on the other hand, are more open… Read more »

Boston advocacy group looks to reshape how people see the humble bus

Transit advocacy campaign BostonBRT isn’t just looking to add dedicated lanes and true BRT to Boston’s streets, it’s also looking to reshape how people consider buses. As part of their initiative, the alliance is launching a two-month “Beauty and the Bus” campaign, encouraging riders to capture beautiful bus-related moments they see in their everyday lives. Like… Read more »

San Francisco could ban sidewalk delivery robots – San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Supervisor Norman Yee is calling to ban delivery robots on the city’s sidewalks. But Mobility Lab’s Paul Mackie disagrees and thinks that traffic could worsen if steps aren’t taken to find space-saving options for the ever-growing number of delivery vehicles. San Francisco startup Marble has a handful of robots delivering hot meals ordered on… Read more »

Ridehailing collides with urban wellbeing – San Francisco Chronicle

Ubers and Lyfts appear to be taking over the streets of San Francisco. And city leaders and the public are beginning to grow pretty frustrated with the tech-based taxis. In San Francisco, the traffic tensions are soaring. And nobody is more upset about the arrogance of the ride-hailing companies than Ed Reiskin, director of the… Read more »