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Bikesharing, Carsharing Lead the Way on Local Transportation Sharing-Economy Initiatives

Congressman Earl Blumenauer began the two-day Innovation in Mobility Public Policy Summit in Washington D.C. calling for multimodal transportation systems. The Oregon Democrat described how transit, walking, and cycling are all necessary in order to “coax more capacity” out of our current transportation systems. And it seems, by the focus of speakers on a panel called “How… Read more »

How OneBusAway Aims to Improve All Transit Apps

How can we help people navigate the dozens of transit agencies that serve the Washington region? Riders aren’t always aware of their options, and for app developers, getting data from multiple agencies is a challenge. One solution is OneBusAway, an open-source platform that consolidates transit data from multiple transit agencies. Mobility Lab invites interested people to join us this Saturday… Read more »

Without Open Data, It’s Like Transit Agencies “Don’t Exist”

At Mobility Lab’s event with Ray LaHood yesterday, the former U.S. Transportation Secretary said that transit agencies “should be required” to open their data to developers. For some agencies, this could be a major undertaking. But for agencies participating in Google Transit, it’s easy. They are already preparing their route and schedule information in the industry-standard GTFS format. You… Read more »

New Map Tool Shows Range of Capital Bikeshare Trips

A new map – called the CaBi Range – should interest users of the Washington D.C. bikeshare system, Capital Bikeshare. The map shows all the stations you can bike to in 30 minutes or less, highlighting those stations in green, as well as the routes you would take to get there. Stations beyond the time… Read more »

Transit Agencies Must Improve Service Through Technology

Transit in the Baltimore-Washington D.C. metropolitan area is complex. More than a dozen agencies serve the region, with overlapping service areas, conflicting stop numbering schemes, and uncoordinated schedules. For transit riders, it can be difficult to piece together intermodal journeys across the region because the information simply isn’t readily available. You can board an OmniLink bus in… Read more »

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 »

Side-by-Side Router Compares Driving, Walking, Biking, and Transit

Online mapping applications have become an essential tool for route planning. The route planner from Google Maps originally assumed everyone wanted driving directions for cars, but has grown to include options for biking, walking, and transit. Availability depends on the location, but I’ve been impressed with Google Maps’ coverage. Using Google’s “application programming interface” (API), I… Read more »

Disney Trains, Google Transit, Flying Cars, and Metro Pac-Man at TransportationCamp

Hundreds of “transit nerds” shared ideas last weekend, as TransportationCamp made a welcome return to the Washington D.C. region. I rode my bike from D.C. to Arlington on this foggy January morning to participate in the unconference. Last year’s event introduced me to the concept of an “unconference,” and this one followed the same format. Attendees themselves generate… Read more »

Mixing and Mingling With Like-Minded Geeks

I attended my first “unconference” last January at Transportation Camp, which came for the first time to Washington D.C. The conference was for anyone interested in urban transportation and technology. The “unconference” aspect meant that the attendees themselves created the presentations. Anyone interested in leading a session wrote their proposal on a large fluorescent sticky note…. Read more »