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Disparity across D.C. region’s commute times a “serious equity problem”

An analysis from the Washington Post, with transit-mapping software provider Mapzen, highlights several severe disparities in the availability of reliable, frequent transit options for parts of the D.C. region. The animated map lays out shifting isochrones, or areas reachable within similar time frames, that reflect projected transit travel times during a given period of the day…. Read more »

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With real-time data now public, developers delving deeper into Metrorail insights

Now that the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority has released its new real-time train location data feed to the public, developers have jumped on the opportunity to explore new insights from the agency’s data. At the latest Transportation Techies meetup, Metro Hack Night VI, programmers gathered in WMATA headquarters to share the projects they have… Read more »

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WMATA’s first Metro Data Day creates official space for Metro/developer cooperation

Each day, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority collects a lot of data. Hidden within is information that could contribute more reliable service and customer experiences. Unfortunately, WMATA does not have the resources to take full advantage of these assets, leaving an opening for concerned citizens to pick up the slack. Last week, the WMATA… Read more »

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Crowd control: Simulating congestion in the D.C. Metro

The D.C. Metro system and its hundreds of thousands of daily riders are routinely tested with singletracking, delays, and train breakdowns. In its fifth Metro Hack Night last week, members of the Transportation Techies Meetup group presented a number of ways to track and communicate these disruptions, from fires to inaccurate arrival predictions. Congestion modeling,… Read more »

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WMATA’s SafeTrack program will put regional TDM efforts to the test

Demand for travel options is becoming paramount Transportation demand management programs are often implemented gradually over years of outreach, education, and shifted behaviors, but the coming year will put traffic mitigation to the test. As the Washington Metropolitan Area Transportation Authority begins its SafeTrack Metro repair program, tens of thousands of commuters will be added… Read more »

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Transportation Techies’ Metro Hack Night, from within WMATA HQ

Last night, members of the Transportation Techies group came together to share projects, visualizations, and apps relating to D.C.’s Metro system. The group’s fourth “Metro Hack Night” since Techies first began, it was the first to take place inside the WMATA headquarters in downtown Washington, D.C. A full write-up of the presentations will hit the… Read more »

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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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Bikeshare ridership tracks Arlington Metro corridors, but new patterns are also emerging

If you use Capital Bikeshare in Arlington, Va., you likely have an idea of which stations are the busiest. And if you guessed those closest to Metro stations, you’re right. But the beauty of examining data and creating visual representations of that data is that it often reveals less obvious patterns, including usage patterns beyond… Read more »

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Transportation Leadership 2.0 – Arlington, technology, and the future of place

What will it take to jump-start Arlington’s “plan B” for transit? The county’s previous “plan A,” two streetcar lines along Columbia Pike and Crystal City, didn’t go as planned. Instead, the county unexpectedly cancelled both lines, leaving the community reeling with big questions of “why?” and “what’s next?” In October, Arlington held its inaugural TEDx… Read more »

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Pope visit highlights an overlooked option: teleworking

In the weeks ahead of Pope Francis’ visit to Washington, D.C., transportation agencies predicted three days of dire traffic and crowds flooding the District – comparable to those from a presidential inauguration. However, as the schedule of events played out, many residents were pleasantly surprised to see empty streets, light traffic, and significantly smaller crowds… Read more »