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Inspiring transit ridership requires meeting people where they are

Preferences and need are major factors that influence whether people take public transportation. And communicating to those people in the places they visit throughout their day is a key to improving and inspiring transit ridership. A new report from the American Public Transportation Association, Who Rides Public Transportation?, reveals insights that will be useful to… Read more »

2 Down Sides to Low Gas Prices

Our wallets may feel a bit heaver these days, due to the current five-year low in U.S. gasoline prices (to under $2 per gallon in some locations). These same low gas prices, though, also produce some unexpected negative consequences. Two new studies demonstrate, specifically, how low gas prices impact transit ridership and property values. Gas… Read more »

San Francisco Law Helps Companies and Their Employees Ease Their Commutes

Over the past few months, Washington D.C. and New York City have each passed laws for employee commuter benefits, and Honolulu and Kansas City are considering it. So why the growing interest? Probably partly because these cities have seen how, in San Francisco, there has been an increase in the use of sustainable commuting modes… Read more »

New Regional Study Details How Commuters Get To and From Arlington

What proportion of commuters to and from Arlington regularly drive alone, bike, walk, take transit, carpool or vanpool, or telework? The high-level answer to that question is that, of the 131,300 employed Arlington residents, about 53.3 percent who commute from a home in Arlington usually drive alone, while about 55.3 percent of the 180,300 people… Read more »

Public-Transportation Users Can Earn Money By Clicking This Link

The federal pre-tax transportation benefit is unfair to people who don’t drive to work. If you take public transportation or vanpool, you are eligible for only $130 per month in pre-taxed commuter benefits. But if you drive, you are allowed $250 in pre-tax benefits for parking expenses. Click here by December 31 to let your… Read more »

Public-Transportation Attitudes Examined in Major New TransitCenter Report

Americans took a record 10.7 billion rides on U.S. transit systems in 2013. Who exactly were these riders, and why did they choose public transit over other options? A major report released today offers the latest and most comprehensive answers to this question of “changing attitudes … propelling recent ridership increases.” In Who’s On Board:… Read more »

Proposals to “Trick Out Your Trip” Due Soon

How do you feel when you get to the bus stop? You say to yourself, “Where is this bus? When will it be here? Why am I standing so close to huge metal-box cars flying past me at the speed of light? Where is the shade?” Or how about the subway platform? “Is the next-train-arrival… Read more »

Congestion Isn’t Just About Highways

This article was originally published by Greater Greater Washington. Trends indicate that Americans are driving less and have diminished interest in owning a vehicle. But what happens when the transportation modes they switch to become as crowded as the highways they left? In the United States, we usually focus on gridlock and time lost while driving,… Read more »

Shifting Demand for Car Trips = Huge Savings

The Natural Resources Defense Council released a report today finding that commuters in the U.S. could save about $1,800 each year if they incorporated carpooling, public transit, or telecommuting into their daily transportation routines. By doing so, the report concludes they could reduce their total vehicle miles traveled by up to 50 percent. Howard Jennings,… Read more »