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Transportation Agencies: Open Your Data Now

An important tactic for transportation agencies to balance traveler demand on roads and transit is to give people the tools and information they need to make smart choices about how they get around. One such tool is rideshare matching – providing commuters with potential carpool or vanpool matches based on origin, destination, and time of… Read more »

SXSW Hackers Suggest Austin Transportation Improvements

Austin, home to great music, festivals and tech, is also facing some great challenges. Thanks to its success, congestion, long commutes, and escalating housing costs are looming. For the first time, Austin’s South by Southwest (SXSW) festival is hosting Hack Our City. As part of the interactive program, five teams comprised of both locals and… Read more »

CarFreeAtoZ Adding Goodies to Become the Complete Trip Planner

CarFreeAtoZ is a personalized trip-planning and comparison tool that Arlington County, Virginia beta-launched this fall as part of its Transit Tech Initiative. Now, beta testing is wrapping up and feedback is being incorporated. Here are some of the top priorities identified: Making It Easier and Better to Use CarFreeAtoZ is designed for commuters to easily… Read more »

TransitScreen Looks to Keep Up With Fast-Changing Transportation Landscape

The Washington D.C. area has a deceptively large number of transportation options. Metro, bikeshare and city buses, of course, but what about the D.C. Circulator busline or the Fairfax Connector buses? Is Car2Go actually the best way to get downtown in a hurry? Is there a way to provide this information that would push commuters… Read more »

Transportation Agencies: Focus Less on Telework

When I first moved to Washington D.C., I shared an apartment with a graduate-school classmate and her husband. Every Wednesday, he would leave for his job and I would leave for mine, but she would stay behind, and start work by sitting down on the couch and remotely logging in to her office computer. There… 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 »

Businesses Can Play Key Role in Boosting Public Transportation Ridership

People who are offered transit benefits from an employer use them. At Arlington Transportation Partners, we spend a lot of time building relationships with Arlington County, Virginia employers, educating them about the many transportation benefits they could be offering. Do they have a Capital Bikeshare station across the street from their office? We pitch Capital… Read more »

Redefining Uber: Why the Term Rideshare Doesn’t Fit

Uber and its ilk are cool and disruptive technologies, and our position at Mobility Lab is that additional transportation choices are always a good thing for consumers. But Uber’s habit of calling itself a “rideshare company” is getting out of hand. Neither Uber, Sidecar, nor Lyft fit any of the criteria of a rideshare, yet… Read more »

Uber, Sidecar, and Lyft Are Great Options, But They Are Not Ridesharing Companies

People love new transportation technologies like Uber, Sidecar, and Lyft that are allowing them to get on their smartphones to quickly and conveniently hail a ride. But with that ease of use, there are several murky areas that could in the end negatively affect the public. Public and non-profit ridesharing or commuter-services programs all across… Read more »