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Rethinking buses may make Montgomery County a gridlock-free paradise

Montgomery County, Md., is working to provide a system of systems to make it easier for everyone to get around – a multimodal network. Together with the existing Metrorail and bus networks, more multimodal options are coming online, with a vision of lessening the number of cars on the county’s gridlocked roadways. Ride On extRa (or… Read more »

Dockless bikeshare companies race to Washington DC – Washington Post

Dockless bikeshare arrives in D.C. today and it should prove to be a really interesting experiment over the next six months. D.C. is one of the few places in the U.S. seeing increases in bike commuting, but for it to work, a certain level of good behavior will be necessary. Riders should be conscious of… Read more »

DC Commute Times hopes to build a transportation community

We are in a period rife with experiments in transportation, from the top down, from the bottom up, from government, large corporations, and individual entrepreneurs. One fresh effort is DC Commute Times, started by Jeff Wong in October of 2016 to integrate information about a regional transportation system many perceive as broken. Wong’s site includes… Read more »

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How ride-hailing is disrupting transit, the auto industry, and our communities

This is a two-part series on ride-hailing carpool-like services. Part 1 introduced us to Via, now operating in Washington D.C., and included the results of a test ride with the service. Via launched in 2012 in Manhattan and now also operates in Chicago and Washington, D.C. And it’s similar to other services such as San Francisco’s… Read more »

D.C. Metro’s Back2Good needs to aspire to more very, very soon

How far D.C.’s Metrorail has come from the excellent Silver Line opening dance-party video to the whimpering current “Back2Good” campaign. There’s no doubt WMATA is at least being realistic, but as Marc Ferris writes to the Washington Post, “What company or official entity – public or private – strives to be good? No publisher would release business… Read more »

Can multi-passenger ride-hailing complement public transit?

This is Part 1 of a two-part series on Via, a ride-hailing carpool-like service that has recently launched in Washington D.C. (Part 2 is here.) Buses cheaply transport masses of people but are slow and inconvenient. They make numerous stops, yet are still difficult for some to access. Uber and Lyft solve these problems, but… Read more »

Could Uber and Lyft push to make paratransit efficient and affordable?

Only seven to 10 percent of any age group with disabilities used paratransit or other specialized services for travel, according to a 2002 study by the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS). The same study said that 8 to 31 percent of any age group with disabilities uses public transit. Those numbers haven’t likely changed… Read more »

Survey: Arlington seniors are savvy users of public transportation

Seniors in Arlington County, Va., have many similar traits to Millennials when it comes to using public transportation. This is one of several findings from a survey released today by Mobility Lab for Arlington County Commuter Services (ACCS). “’Aging in place’ is what seniors expect,” said Bobbi Greenberg, acting bureau chief of ACCS. “What we… Read more »

Biking and shared rides absorb Metro Safetrack spillover – Deloitte

Metro’s usual 700,000 riders per weekday dropped 11 percent this year due partly to Safetrack disruptions. Now Deloitte has dug into the numbers and it’s encouraging to find that not everyone who left D.C.’s Metro during its year-long subways fix-it project replaced those trips by driving alone more. A recent report by Deloitte’s Center for Government Insights… Read more »

Study: DC among nation’s least driver-friendly cities – WTOP

If any study ever made the case for more TDM in the nation’s capital, it’s this one. Not only did Washington D.C. rank high in traffic congestion and vehicle ownership costs, but the WalletHub study also showed that D.C. has relatively few repair shops available. Drivers are also 33 percent more likely to get into an accident,… Read more »