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Autonomous vehicles will improve transportation options for older Americans and people with disabilities

Imagine you are the adult child of a senior-citizen parent who is mentally sharp and active but whose reflexes and eyesight are not what they used to be just a few years ago. The ability to go to the grocery store, visit family and friends, or make a trip to the doctor’s office is important… Read more »

Annual bikeshare conference brings focus to equity, integration, and growth

Last week, the North American Bike Share Association brought together bikeshare systems from across the continent to Austin, Texas, for its third annual conference. BikeArlington program manager Henry Dunbar, who manages Capital Bikeshare in Arlington County, Va., attended the conference, and reports back that three major themes dominated the presentations. A growing mode Though NABSA… Read more »

WMATA’s first Metro Data Day creates official space for Metro/developer cooperation

Each day, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority collects a lot of data. Hidden within is information that could contribute more reliable service and customer experiences. Unfortunately, WMATA does not have the resources to take full advantage of these assets, leaving an opening for concerned citizens to pick up the slack. Last week, the WMATA… Read more »

Federal agencies highlight the intersection of housing and transportation

[quote_right][feature_box title=”TRANSPO TAKEAWAY” title_color=”fff” header_color=”369″]Many federal programs and resources are in place to help local leaders and the public find ways to discover the true relation between housing and transportation.[/feature_box][/quote_right]People often consider the costs of owning or renting a home and getting to and from it as completely separate items in their budgets. They also… Read more »

Riders board a bus in Baltimore

Inside the planning of Baltimore’s transit overhaul

How to refresh a bus system to better serve a city [quote_right][feature_box title=”OPTIONS OPPORTUNITY” title_color=”fff” header_color=”369″]Planning transportation around commuter patterns, community input, and accessibility can provide better, more useful service to riders.[/feature_box][/quote_right] Transit in the Baltimore region as offered by the Maryland Transit Administration has essentially been an ongoing expansion project since the inception of… Read more »

Ride-Hailing Services Present Major Gap in Access for People with Disabilities in the D.C. Area

Many regions – like the Washington, D.C., area – are fortunately and rapidly adding a multitude of transportation options, especially in the realms of on-demand mobility and ride-hailing.[quote_right][feature_box title=”OPTION OPPORTUNITIES” title_color=”fff” header_color=”369″]Ride-hailing companies are uniquely positioned to offer key transportation services to people with disabilities. They’re not there yet.[/feature_box][/quote_right] In August, Arlington Transportation Partners set… Read more »

Metro Helping Blind People Better Navigate D.C. Transit

Transit agencies have an opportunity to follow the cutting-edge initiatives for the blind that have already been introduced in places like retail outlets Macy’s and American Eagle, and most Major League Baseball ballparks.[quote_right][feature_box title=”TDM TAKEAWAY” title_color=”fff” header_color=”369″]Wayfinding technology can increase mobility for the blind and save transportation systems money.[/feature_box][/quote_right] With a grant from ClickandGo Wayfinding,… Read more »

Walking, the oldest form of transportation, goes high tech

[quote_right][feature_box title=”TDM TAKEAWAY” title_color=”fff” header_color=”369″]There is a plethora of new ways to get smarter about how people move through places, and it could usher in a golden age of planning for cities and transportation.[/feature_box][/quote_right] For finding out what’s hot in the world of “people tracking,” Walk Hack Night at Mobility Lab on Thursday was the… Read more »

Apps Are Not the Answer

It’s clear that apps, specifically mobile apps, are the most popular creations for civic hackers and are the usual output of countless hackathons nationwide.[quote_right][feature_box title=”TDM TAKEAWAY” title_color=”fff” header_color=”369″]Civic hackers are are an increasingly important ally in correctly planning the public transportation systems of the future.[/feature_box][/quote_right] But at the latest Transportation Techies, held for the first time in… Read more »