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Study calls on big tech companies to move closer to transit – SF Chronicle

As last week’s WSJ story on Tesla’s parking crunches illustrated, the tech industry in Silicon Valley is grappling with dated thinking on how its employees get to work. By moving offices towards BART and Caltrain corridors, companies could save money on parking and shuttles, as well as employee headaches. SPUR, a San Francisco planning and… Read more »

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So how do we feel about flying cars? – Vox

Since we recently published what appears to be Mobility Lab’s first-ever article on flying cars and whether they could ease East Coast traffic, it’s very convenient that a new survey details what people think about these Jetsons-like transportation options. The University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute released a new survey this week on this very topic. “A Survey of… Read more »

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We have the tech to stop distracted driving. But do we have the will? – Streetsblog USA

One of the things that drives demand for the virtually free use of our roads is the ability to do just about anything we want on them. That increasingly includes the dangerous act of fiddling with our phones while driving. It’s not difficult to predict road deaths will continue to steadily increase if we don’t… Read more »

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Mass transit advocates hope for boost from Atlanta highway collapse – SavannahNow

The collapse of a major interstate in Atlanta has prompted increases in transit ridership, which has brought much debate about transportation in a region that has atypically and historically gone out of its way to disregard the importance of transportation options. Mayor Mike Bodker said he thinks residents could support higher sales taxes for some… Read more »

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Inside Boston’s bus revamp – CityLab

The smartest cities aren’t dumping all their brainpower into autonomous vehicles and gondolas. They are thinking about how to revamp outdated bus systems. And they’re using technology to do it. Take Boston as Exhibit A. Boston is using modeling from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to both improve trips for existing passengers and bring new… Read more »

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If you want to understand Tesla’s parking problems, take a look at Elon Musk’s tunnel proposal – Mobilizing the Region

Given Elon Musk’s big ideas about transportation, his take on office TDM can seem fairly lacking. A Wall Street Journal article recently documented his factory’s parking crush situation, which, Tri-State Transportation Campaign notes, is just a half-mile from a new BART station: Tesla’s corporate office in Palo Alto, just across the bay from Fremont, is… Read more »

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Denver, Philly ask residents: How do our streets work for you? – Next City

Data-informing Vision Zero policies can often be difficult to come by. Crash reports from police departments are helpful, but can lack the necessary nuance about where people biking and walking feel unsafe and face conflicts with drivers. Following in the steps of cities like D.C., Denver and Philadelphia are now reaching out to residents about… Read more »

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Transit is made for walking – TransitCenter

While first-last mile solutions are useful strategies in less-dense communities, TransitCenter’s Zak Accuardi explains that transit performs best when riders can walk to stations: “Improving street network connections that make walking to transit easier is among the most useful and cost-effective first- and last-mile strategies. Even in relatively dense urban centers, walking to transit can… Read more »

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The world’s most elegant public transit campaign – CityLab

As an antidote to our distaste for Denver’s latest transit messaging, a wave of enjoyment is rushing over us to see the pure joy and inspiration Toronto is building for its public-transportation options. The Toronto Transit Commission has a new fleet of subway and streetcars, so why not show them off in style? In its latest… Read more »