What are cities doing to make transportation solutions a reality?
The transportation sector is rapidly shifting from the status quo of previous decades — not only in the availability of federal funding for new investments, but also in new technologies and demographic preferences.
It is clear that states and localities will have to be inventive in finding funding sources to supplement federal support, and must plan for coming trends in greater connectivity between riders and their options.
And even the latest transportation funding bill will not come close to covering the need for maintenance and replacement of crumbling roads, bridges and transit systems.
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Traffic wastes time and money almost everywhere on the planet, so congestion is the bogeyman many transportation planners hope to defeat. Attendees at the most-recent Transportation Techies Meetup – held at Mobility Lab in Arlington, Va., and focused on traffic solutions – got a taste of several early-stage tech/planning options. “Data and technology are becoming… Read more »
This is a two-part series on ride-hailing carpool-like services. Part 1 introduced us to Via, now operating in Washington D.C., and included the results of a test ride with the service. Via launched in 2012 in Manhattan and now also operates in Chicago and Washington, D.C. And it’s similar to other services such as San Francisco’s… Read more »
Next-generation technologies are changing the way we travel, how we define transportation, and mobility options. Paul Mackie, our communications director, recently joined Tech Pulse TV’s panel of transportation experts to discuss emerging technologies shaping mobility, and how we will define mobility in the future. Today, somewhere between 75 to 85 percent of the cars on… Read more »
Only seven to 10 percent of any age group with disabilities used paratransit or other specialized services for travel, according to a 2002 study by the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS). The same study said that 8 to 31 percent of any age group with disabilities uses public transit. Those numbers haven’t likely changed… Read more »
Streetsblog’s Angie Schmitt brings to light a really important issue that we think about every day at Mobility Lab. She notes that Americans spend more time on average every day driving their cars than socializing with other people. And this is likely skewing the ways people think about and care about other people as they… Read more »
When Steve Jobs pitched Apple’s new California campus – which opened earlier this year – he wanted to turn parking lots into green landscapes. But the city of Cupertino demanded 11,000 parking spots, which put a wrench in that part of Jobs’ vision. Cupertino’s parking requirements are not unique. It’s estimated that, in America, there… Read more »
It seems that Oregon policymakers want to encourage people to buy bicycles at Amazon.com rather than local bike shops. The state has proposed a flat $15 tax on any new adult bikes purchased for $200 or more. This is a bit odd because, while the funding is earmarked for the Connect Oregon program to make… Read more »
As transportation-policy rockstar Ray LaHood once said at a Mobility Lab event, there should be Mobility Labs all over the U.S. While our little shop headquartered in Arlington, Va., may still be the only Mobility Lab in the country, there may soon be another. With Aspen, Colo., “drowning in automobiles,” Mayor Steve Skadron is hoping to… Read more »
In bustling city cores, people driving alone in their personal cars can be the worst thing for local merchants. Many of them simply didn’t know it before, but they’re slowly beginning to figure it out. Three new stories out of California show that the state is taking the concept of transportation demand seriously. Take this example:… Read more »
Montgomery County, Md., revisits how it plans bike lanes Creating safe biking connections between low-stress streets can pay off in improved access to a broad network of bike lanes. Montgomery County, Md., is seeking to do just that in its forthcoming Bicycle Master Plan. It includes about 1,000 miles of separated bike lanes in the next… Read more »
It’s encouraging to see that, even in car-centric suburbs, more and more people are starting to open their eyes to the possibilities of more and better transportation options. Take Plano, Texas, for example, right outside of Dallas, where a new study finds that 41 percent of the population is interested in options other than traveling… Read more »
Stanford is a leader on transportation demand management, and the university has a robust “No Net New Commute Trips” goal to back it. That goal seeks to accomplish “no additional automobile trips during the peak commute time in the campus commute direction in the morning and evening.” On top of the goal, Stanford has posted… Read more »