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Speedy adoption of autonomous vehicles could be disastrous

The smart-growth and transit revolution of the last decade or two has had only partial success. Despite some revitalized cities and some new transit, sprawl remains dominant in America. On the heels of this incomplete revolution comes a new one: automated vehicles (AVs) that are certain to alter land use and transit. As the predominance… Read more »

Could Uber and Lyft push to make paratransit efficient and affordable?

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 »

Watch: Governing the new transportation options

With federal support consistently failing to keep up with the changing landscape of shared-use and technology-based mobility options, what role can governments play in ensuring these systems address equity, access, and carbon pollution? Last fall’s Disrupting Mobility Summit in Cambridge, Mass., brought together a number of experts from within federal and local agencies to how these changes can… Read more »

Turning to your customers for advice

This post originally appeared on Talking Transportation. [quote_right][feature_box title=”OPTIONS OPPORTUNITY” title_color=”fff” header_color=”369″]Soliciting rider feedback helps transit agencies offer insight on the best use of their data.[/feature_box][/quote_right]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… Read more »

Academia Giving Cities Lots of Ideas to Improve Traffic

It’s a really good thing that some of the very best academic institutions in the world are moving to influence business and government. [quote_right][feature_box title=”OPTION OPPORTUNITIES” title_color=”fff” header_color=”369″]Exciting academic research is happening and city planners need to use it in practice rather than placing it into 20-year vision plans.[/feature_box][/quote_right] Take the anecdotal of my voyage to… Read more »

Living in the Heart of D.C. May Actually Be Cheaper Than Living in the Outer Suburbs

[quote_right][feature_box title=”TDM TAKEAWAY” title_color=”fff” header_color=”369″]People may have incentive to take public transportation now that they have access to better information about the true costs of car ownership.[/feature_box][/quote_right] The conventional wisdom is that living in the city is much more expensive than living outside of it. Taxes, entertainment, and groceries all add up to a slightly higher… Read more »

Uber, Lyft Get a Carpool Competitor in D.C.

[quote_right][feature_box title=”TDM TAKEAWAY” title_color=”fff” header_color=”369″]Options that combine ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft and tech-enabled ridesharing could serve consumers who desire sustainability and more affordability.[/feature_box][/quote_right] Boston-based Bridj recently launched limited service between Capitol Hill and Dupont Circle in Washington D.C. to help fill a niche not being targeted by buses. Another company, Split, launched just a couple… Read more »

How Transit Agencies Can Manage the “Blizzard” of Negativity on Twitter

[quote_right][feature_box title=”TDM TAKEAWAY” title_color=”fff” header_color=”369″]An increasingly important part of getting people to try public transit — and keeping them happy— is to provide exceptional customer service on Twitter.[/feature_box][/quote_right]Agencies that use Twitter to respond to users’ complaints or answer questions get more positive Twitter reaction and more civil discourse online, according to Lisa Schweitzer, the author of… Read more »

Gridlock Is Not Just for D.C. Politics

[quote_right][feature_box title=”TDM TAKEAWAY” title_color=”fff” header_color=”369″]Cities that work hard to publicize their transit options can do a lot to relief stress and congestion for all commuters.[/feature_box][/quote_right] File this one under “lists you don’t want to appear on.” Consumer finance website NerdWallet has released a list of the top 10 Worst Cities for Car Drivers. Washington D.C.,… Read more »

Taking Bridj in D.C. Offers Great New Option, and Maybe Even Some Time Savings

[quote_right][feature_box title=”TDM TAKEAWAY” title_color=”fff” header_color=”369″]Bridj offers places (where available) a potentially great new transportation option.[/feature_box][/quote_right] I switched up my usual commute this morning and ditched my bike for the chance to try out Bridj, a Boston-based “pop-up bus transit” startup company that launched this week in Washington D.C. The company offers flexible shuttle routes that… Read more »