Aspen will examine traffic issues with a “mobility lab” Aspen will examine traffic issues with a “mobility lab”
Aspen will examine traffic issues with a "mobility lab"
Aspen will examine traffic issues with a “mobility lab”
California merchants, public clamor for rethinking our transportation impulses California merchants, public clamor for rethinking our transportation impulses
California merchants, public clamor for rethinking our transportation impulses
California merchants, public clamor for rethinking our transportation impulses
Closing gaps in low-stress networks to bring bicycling to more people Closing gaps in low-stress networks to bring bicycling to more people
Closing gaps in low-stress networks to bring bicycling to more people
Closing gaps in low-stress networks to bring bicycling to more people
Dallas area is pinpointing ways to make transportation easier and better – Dallas News Dallas area is pinpointing ways to make transportation easier and better – Dallas News
Dallas area is pinpointing ways to make transportation easier and better - Dallas News
Dallas area is pinpointing ways to make transportation easier and better – Dallas News
Stanford’s drive-alone rate has dropped 22 percentage points since 2000 – Stanford News Stanford’s drive-alone rate has dropped 22 percentage points since 2000 – Stanford News
Stanford's drive-alone rate has dropped 22 percentage points since 2000 - Stanford News
Stanford’s drive-alone rate has dropped 22 percentage points since 2000 – Stanford News
House reps re-introduce bill to make bikeshare eligible for transit benefits House reps re-introduce bill to make bikeshare eligible for transit benefits
House reps re-introduce bill to make bikeshare eligible for transit benefits
House reps re-introduce bill to make bikeshare eligible for transit benefits

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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Recent Policy News

Aspen will examine traffic issues with a “mobility lab”

Aspen will examine traffic issues with a “mobility lab”


June 28, 2017    Paul Mackie

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 »

California merchants, public clamor for rethinking our transportation impulses

California merchants, public clamor for rethinking our transportation impulses


June 23, 2017    Paul Mackie

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 »

Closing gaps in low-stress networks to bring bicycling to more people

Closing gaps in low-stress networks to bring bicycling to more people


June 20, 2017    Ethan Goffman

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 »

Dallas area is pinpointing ways to make transportation easier and better – Dallas News

Dallas area is pinpointing ways to make transportation easier and better – Dallas News


June 19, 2017    Paul Mackie

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’s drive-alone rate has dropped 22 percentage points since 2000 – Stanford News

Stanford’s drive-alone rate has dropped 22 percentage points since 2000 – Stanford News


June 15, 2017    Paul Mackie

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 »

House reps re-introduce bill to make bikeshare eligible for transit benefits

House reps re-introduce bill to make bikeshare eligible for transit benefits


June 14, 2017    Adam Russell

While many in the industry understand that bikeshare systems are a true transit option and should be treated as such, that distinction has been slow to be codified in federal law. Namely, bikeshare is missing from pre-tax transit benefits that offer many commuters savings on transit passes. Last month, Reps. Joe Crowley (D – N.Y.)… Read more »

GMU “blueprint” study suggests avenues for expanding reach of Arlington’s transportation options

GMU “blueprint” study suggests avenues for expanding reach of Arlington’s transportation options


June 8, 2017    Paul Mackie

This is part one of a two-part series on a report by George Mason University graduate students. Students were tasked by Mobility Lab with creating a new transportation blueprint for Arlington, Va., geared toward connecting more people to its transportation network. This part focuses on passenger transportation – part two will examine freight and deliveries…. Read more »

With online shopping on the rise, cities look to address congestion impacts of deliveries

With online shopping on the rise, cities look to address congestion impacts of deliveries


April 13, 2017    Angela Urban

With more people moving to urban areas and doing more shopping online, delivery vehicles are becoming a serious concern in traffic congestion. The Federal Highway Administration says 947,000 hours of vehicle delay can be attributed to delivery trucks parked curbside in dense urban areas. The U.S. Freight Transportation Forecast predicts a truck freight increase by… Read more »

Arlington to review parking recommendations for condos, apartments near Metro

Arlington to review parking recommendations for condos, apartments near Metro


March 23, 2017    Stephen Crim

This post originally appeared on the Arlington Transportation Partners blog. Each parking space in a garage can take up as much as 400 square feet, or 36 percent of an average Arlington County, Va., apartment, and spaces can cost anywhere from $40,000 to $60,000 each to build. The availability of parking also has a strong… Read more »

Federal performance measures: What are they, and why are they so important?

Federal performance measures: What are they, and why are they so important?


March 7, 2017    Ashley Robbins

Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Transportation released its final rules for highway and interstate performance measures, which will play a role in the evaluation of and decision-making process for future federal projects. The enumeration of the measures themselves was mandated through the Move Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act of 2012,… Read more »

Untangling the jumbled path towards the ultimate connected city

Untangling the jumbled path towards the ultimate connected city


February 28, 2017    Paul Mackie

This is part 1 of a two-part series on how advocates can create connected cities, examining how public agencies can reshape their priorities. Part 2 will detail how they can then move beyond conventional projects. Smartphone owners feel connected much of the time, for better or worse. But shouldn’t that be the goal for physical… Read more »

WIRED tries to cover TDM, but shows that it’s still a little hard for them to grasp

WIRED tries to cover TDM, but shows that it’s still a little hard for them to grasp


February 10, 2017    Paul Mackie

I like WIRED’s take on the topic of TDM, which they semi-smartly term “alternative-transport perks.” Semi because perks is a nice way to describe what “transportation demand management” really is all about. But “alternative” does a disservice to the need to continue along the path of normalizing things like bicycling and transit. And “transport” sounds… Read more »