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What does “mobility on demand” success look like?

In October, the Federal Transit Administration announced the selection of 11 projects through its Mobility on Demand Sandbox Program. A piece of a broader move throughout the United States Department of Transportation, the $8 million funding program hopes to harness the potential of on-demand mobility options to make transportation systems more accessible and spur innovative… Read more »

Transit delay measurements should reflect how waits affect riders

It matters how transit agencies measure their own performance, not only internally but also for their riders. These measurements help agencies form the basic understanding of how reliable their services are and help them identify what needs to be improved. In a post today, transit advocacy and research organization TransitCenter notes how New York’s MTA could change… 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 »

Answers to transportation ills need to come from unexpected funding

This is the second of a two-part Mobility Lab series. Part 1 looked at the big-picture history of transportation funding in the United States. Part 2 examines ways we can fund transportation in a future of flat federal funding. The world of transportation is innovating and shifting at a clip no mere mortals can expect… Read more »

TransportationCamps infuse new thinking into industry

This fall and winter will be a busy season for TransportationCamps in the United States, with three currently planned through January and an additional four in various planning stages for Miami, Boston, Houston, and Kansas City. TransportationCamp South in Atlanta, Georgia, kicked off the latest round of camps on September 26, the third time the… Read more »

NYC DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg on Citi Bike

Biggest Transportation Innovation? People Reclaiming Their Streets

American cities are adding bus and bike lanes, implementing bikeshare systems, and creating public plazas and miniature parks at a rapid pace. Urban streets, long the domain of automobiles, are increasingly being reclaimed by and for the people, a change that amounts to the biggest transportation innovation in recent years, according to a new report… Read more »

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 »

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 »

StreetsCamp Elevates Transit Discourse in D.C. Region

Successful campaigns to improve transit – and urban mobility more generally – depend on key contributions from community advocates, city government, and transit agencies. The venues are few and far between for these three groups to informally collaborate, refine their efforts, and share ideas. However, members of each of these groups, as well as academic… Read more »

2 Main Reasons D.C. Transit Ridership is Decreasing

This article was also published at Greater Greater Washington. Americans took a record 10.75 billion trips on public transportation in 2014, according to annual ridership statistics released this month by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA). This is up from 10.65 billion trips in 2013, with the number of trips outpacing population growth. In a year… Read more »