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New carpooling service looks to employers for ride-matching potential

Commuter carpooling has been in a nosedive since about 1980. And it’s nearly inexplicable that the rate hovers around 5 percent in Washington, D.C., where traffic and parking are particularly abominable even though there are many – maybe too many – ride sharing resources . Since 1980, leaders have invested in HOV lanes and E-ZPass,… Read more »

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Recording biking comfort: Portland stress data, Biketown, and more

This is part two of our coverage of Transportation Techies: Portland edition. Read part one here. Portland, Ore., is known nationally as one of the country’s biking capitals, with more than 188 miles of bike lanes and one of the highest rates of bike commuting in the country. But even given its bikeway networks, “crossbikes,” and other… Read more »

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Portland’s open data leadership pays off with better transit information

Portland, known for its array of public transportation options, also has a special history with open transit data. The region’s TriMet agency, which runs Portland’s buses and MAX light rail, played an instrumental role in working with Google to develop and spread the General Transit Specification Feed transit data format 10 years ago. As Matthew Roth wrote on… Read more »

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Who would be a transportation planner in this day and age?

Let’s face it, transport’s problems are, at best, getting no worse. In my nearest city of London, the average vehicle speed today is the same as it was in the days of the horse-drawn cart, with a vastly higher vehicle throughput. As mentioned by Howard Jennings and Paul Mackie’s article on February 8, transport is… Read more »

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Transportation Techies: Piecing together data to improve biking in DC

Spring has arrived early this year on the East Coast, so it is already time to break out the bike, if it ever went away during the winter. And this month’s installment of the Mobility Lab-sponsored Transportation Techies group – Bike Hack Night V – was well timed to benefit from both the nice weather,… Read more »

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New trip-tracking app seeks to help planners and advocates

One of the major hurdles transportation planners face is data – incomplete sets and the often slow process of obtaining it. But a newly-released app is attempting to involve local stakeholders and fill in these gaps with a dynamic view of the rapidly changing landscape of multimodal transit. Ride Report, which started through a partnership… Read more »

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WMATA hosts Metro Hack Night, announces more real-time data

While Metrorail and Metrobus ridership has fallen in recent years, the transit system is still an essential backbone to the Washington, D.C., region’s transportation options. Keeping riders aware of daily system performance is a legion of concerned programmers, working to make it easy and predictable to ride Metrobus or rail. These developers and Metro enthusiasts… Read more »

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Transportation Techies: Safer streets with better data

Washington, D.C.-area traffic safety has improved significantly over the past few years, but there is still room for more progress. In the most recent installment of the Mobility Lab-sponsored group Transportation Techies, Playing with Traffic, presenters offered their insights for making our streets safer and more efficient for people. According to new data from the Metropolitan… Read more »

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Turning to your customers for advice

This post originally appeared on Talking Transportation. It’s common throughout the transportation industry to make data available for private use, often ending up being presented in mobile apps. No surprise, if a department of transportation or local transit agency has rapidly, or even regularly, updated data that includes route conditions, a mobile public wants to know. The… Read more »

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Through Open Data, Taxis Can Be a Platform for Innovation

There’s no denying transportation network companies like Uber and Lyft have changed for-hire transportation forever. Now, in Montgomery County, Maryland, the Washington, D.C., area, and across the country, there has been a dire need to adapt taxi regulations in the face of the rapidly changing industry. While these transportation network companies (TNCs) are valuable options,… Read more »