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Driverless cars are getting closer, but how will people use them?

For vehicles without drivers – whether you call them autonomous, driverless, or self-driving vehicles (and I’ll use these terms interchangeably) – developments are coming fast, both in terms of technology and business models. In some recent news: Ford is testing to try and solve the snow conundrum, and also carsharing in London across Germany, and… Read more »

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In the current transportation landscape, do you still need to own a car?

Veronica O. Davis gave up her car about three years ago. A big reason for that was the growing availability of Capital Bikeshare in all the places she needed to get to in and around Washington, D.C. Of course, not everyone in D.C., or the rest of the United States, has access to bikeshare, but… Read more »

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Want to start carpooling? Pick up your phone and get going

Nearly half of all car trips in the U.S. can technically be defined as carpooling. But that’s because we often travel together with our friends and family. Besides those joy rides, sharing a car has had a troubling recent history – mainly when it comes to the ways we get to and from work. Carpooling… Read more »

Can ride-sourcing companies contribute to livable streets and the Vision Zero movement?

This post originally appeared on the TransitCenter blog. Streetsblog’s Aaron Naparstek kicked off one of the first sessions at TransportationCamp NYC, an unconference focused on innovations in transportation, with this provocative question: Can ride-sourcing companies contribute to the Livable Streets and Vision Zero movements? Livable Streets and Vision Zero convey two visionary ideas. Livable Streets is… Read more »

A first ride with Lyft Line, the D.C. region’s latest carpool option

This post originally appeared on the Arlington Transportation Partners blog. I was pretty excited to learn that Lyft was expanding its carpool service, Lyft Line, to the Washington D.C. region and opted to give it a try for my commute one day last week. Similar to Split and uberPOOL, Lyft Line allows a person to… Read more »

Trying out uberPOOL in the D.C. region

This article originally appeared on the Arlington Transportation Partners blog. This week, Lyft Line, a similar on-demand carpool service from Lyft, also launches in the Washington, D.C., area. Uber launched its long awaited uberPOOL program on October 22, and I took it for a spin on my commute home to find out the finer details. The system works… Read more »

How Ridesharing Could Help Solve the Last-Mile Problem

A few months ago I wrote a post about Uber’s new “Smart Routes” feature and ended by saying that it’s not just taxis who need to be thinking about platforms like Uber, it’s also public transit authorities. I said that because I think that multi-modal is already the new reality in terms of how we get… Read more »

Ride-Hailing Services Present Major Gap in Access for People with Disabilities in the D.C. Area

Many regions – like the Washington, D.C., area – are fortunately and rapidly adding a multitude of transportation options, especially in the realms of on-demand mobility and ride-hailing. In August, Arlington Transportation Partners set out to highlight this variety of modes and options in the District through a creative “commute race” from Petworth to ATP’s… Read more »

Carsharing growing around the world with more user-friendly options

Carsharing, which is projected in a new report to grow globally by about sixfold by 2024, is beginning to look like a reliable transportation option in places like the Washington D.C. region and beyond. “The U.S. has fewer cities than Europe with comprehensive public transit services, which is usually – but not always – a… Read more »

Uber’s new wave of urban design. Are cities ready?

As far as billion-dollar companies go, if Walmart is the poster child of sprawl, could Uber be the new face of smart growth? Uber, best known for its smartphone-based taxi service, is expanding rapidly with initiatives less about individual rides and more about mass mobility. So far, reactions to Uber’s plans for driverless vehicles, “smart… Read more »