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Analysis suggests autonomous transit would be most efficient use of AV technology

Authors make the case for employing AVs in ways to minimize VMT increases Mobility Lab has often stressed the importance of autonomous vehicles being introduced as fleets rather than personally owned, so what might those fleets look like? How would this emerging technology be applied to the transit solutions already known to work? If autonomous rapid transit –… Read more »

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Biking in Arlington gets a boost from Safetrack and warmer winter weather

Has there been an increase in biking in Arlington due to Washington D.C.’s region-wide SafeTrack initiative to repair Metrorail? It’s a difficult question to answer at this point. BikeArlington has already reported that there were increases up to 75 percent over 2015 daily averages in bike traffic at the Rosslyn-Custis Trail bike counter during the… Read more »

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WMATA Metrobus data projects explore effects of fare payments, disruptions

Other presenters at Transportation Techies’ Bus Hack Night shared projects to help riders better understand their local bus routes Though the D.C. region has one of the busiest bus systems in the country, with more than 120 million trips in 2016, it’s still part of the nationwide movement to stem recent bus ridership declines. As such, WMATA is… Read more »

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A visualized day of New York’s transit options, working together

New York City is blessed with a lot of ways to get around town. From MTA buses to regional Metro-North rail lines to the omnipresent subway, the overall transportation system moves millions of people every day. A new visualization puts 24 hours of them together, showing how each works together in the broader context over… Read more »

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On-demand “flying Ubers” could ease East Coast traffic

What would happen to congested urban traffic if some trips could simply be picked up and moved into the air? That’s a question players from Uber to Airbus to NASA are seriously studying. But to Bruce Gunter, who often has to take unnecessarily long car trips from his home in Virginia Beach to Richmond to… Read more »

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Capital Bikeshare heat map visualizes 2016 rides, first look at Fairfax ridership

Earlier this month, Mobility Lab tech advisor Michael Schade shared a look at the latest Capital Bikeshare ridership data with his new heat map. Not only does the map grant an easy way to create a more detailed look at how individual neighborhoods use bikeshare, it also includes the first few months of ridership in… Read more »

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Bikeshare operators addressing rebalancing and other fixes to maximize reliability

Other programmers at CaBi Hack Night sought to better understand riding connections between stations and data accessibility issues Bike rebalancing is one of the most costly and inefficient issues that bikeshare systems face. The constant need for rebalancing manifests most frustratingly in “dockblocking,” those times when riders reach a station to find all of its docks filled… Read more »

A future in which these cars are all autonomous would mean a safer freeway, but one with more vehicle-miles traveled on it.

Fully autonomous vehicles may make us safer, but could add to traffic

Split of benefits and costs could spark much-needed national transportation discussion Just what a future transportation system with autonomous vehicles looks like isn’t completely clear-cut. However, Kara Kockelman, a University of Texas-based leading academic on the subject, has predictions for their economic impacts. In a South by Southwest presentation last week, she put forth a… Read more »

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Will people ever share rides in small and mid-size cities?

Cities and providers face challenge of promoting shared options against the ease of drive-alone trips This week our communications director Paul Mackie is reporting from South by Southwest in Austin, Texas. Why would there be much urgency in creating shared-mobility options in a place like Austin? RideAustin, Fasten, and others easily slipped in to take the… Read more »

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How often is that bike lane blocked? A crowdsourced tool takes a look.

It’s a common conversation topic among bike commuters: drivers block bike lanes all too often, and cities rarely seem responsive about it. This has been anecdotal for some time, but advocates in the Washington, D.C., region have been collecting some useful data and in order to develop a stronger case for better enforcement and safer… Read more »