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The numbers game: Choosing the right metrics for transportation planning

Last month, the Federal Highway Administration signaled it would follow California’s footsteps in encouraging moves away from Level of Service, a metric that encourages car-centered planning, toward ones favoring other, more beneficial ways people can travel. These moves demonstrate the understated importance of measurements in forming how, and by what mode, localities encourage people to… Read more »

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Rebranding “TDM” Could Fix the Industry’s Communications Struggle

Would a common definition of the term and practice of transportation demand management help the industry find other funding sources, do better lobbying for policies, and gain wider acceptance and popularity? And, as we at Mobility Lab constantly ponder internally, is the user-unfriendly term TDM keeping us from reaching these goals as well? Kirk Hovenkotter,… Read more »

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How Broader Thinking Can Broaden Your Funding Sources

Arlington County, Virginia, with the help of a grant from the Virginia DOT, recently rolled out a cutting-edge multimodal trip planner, CarFreeAtoZ. In 2014, Salt Lake City launched the Hive Pass, a reduced-cost monthly transit pass for all city residents. In order to increase housing affordability, Seattle’s DOT may require new multi-family housing developments to offer “residential transportation options programs”… Read more »

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U.S. Government Should Improve Its Trip Data

This article was originally published by the Alliance for Biking & Walking. There are two major surveys that are a tremendous help to bicycle and pedestrian advocates in better understanding the progress for our cause. They are great, yet they still could be much improved. The American Community Survey (ACS), which is performed every year… Read more »

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When parking prices are based on demand, everybody wins

(This article was originally published by Greater Greater Washington.) When San Francisco let parking prices fluctuate with demand, drivers found it easier and faster to find parking. The city maximized its valuable curb parking spaces and modestly sped up buses. These are some of the results from a recently-released evaluation of SFpark, a pilot program that started in… Read more »

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Federal Government Shutdown and Transportation: What You Need to Know

For the first time in nearly 20 years, the federal government has been shut down. The shutdown comes after the Senate rejected a series of Continuing Resolutions offered by House Republicans which included provisions that would eliminate or delay the start of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). Last night around 11:30, the White House sent a memo… Read more »

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Data Palooza Helps USDOT Plan for Our Transportation Future

Imagine the following scenario: Your daily commute in Washington D.C. requires taking metro’s green line to Gallery Place, then transferring onto a metrobus to your final destination. Unfortunately, the Washington Capitals hockey team is playing at Gallery Place’s Verizon Center. The game has just completed, and the street is teaming with Caps fans. Traffic is… Read more »