What does transportation in the U.S. city of the future look like?

With crushing traffic frustrating residents of big cities and smaller towns alike, most people are seeking transportation options. Some of us don’t even know we might have options. But making places less dangerous will have myriad effects on making our lives better.

Citizens, businesses, and governments are realizing the need to change their transportation habits, and technology has been a chief enabler of this trend – from on-demand options to the sharing economy to autonomous vehicles and beyond.

As agencies embrace the shift and focus on connecting old transportation systems to the many new ones, our array of transportation options should become more efficient and easier for many more people to adopt. More information.

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USDOT and Vulcan Announce $50 Million Reward to the City of the Future

The ultimate city of the future won’t be New York, Chicago, Austin, or Los Angeles – some of the places we routinely hear about for the impressive ways they work to rework and massage their transportation networks for the better.

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Low-stress streets mean more biking, greater transit access

Low-stress streets mean more biking, greater transit access


May 17, 2017    Ethan Goffman

New study examines how bus and bicycling travel times interact in stressful street networks As cities move forward with ambitious plans to revamp bus services and add dedicated bike infrastructure, which in turn will help draw riders and bicyclists, the level of comfort in nearby streets still play a large role. Streets free of the… Read more »

Will growth of shared mobility make people more willing to share their own cars?

Will growth of shared mobility make people more willing to share their own cars?


April 25, 2017    Paul Mackie

As many as 95 percent of trips in big cities could be shared with no more than a 5-minute inconvenience for riders, according to a recent report co-authored by Carlo Ratti of MIT’s SENSEable City Lab. Back in 2010, the Albany Times Union did some interesting reporting to delve into why New York State residents… Read more »

WMATA Metrobus data projects explore effects of fare payments, disruptions

WMATA Metrobus data projects explore effects of fare payments, disruptions


April 18, 2017    Andrew Carpenter

Other presenters at Transportation Techies’ Bus Hack Night shared projects to help riders better understand their local bus routes Though the D.C. region has one of the busiest bus systems in the country, with more than 120 million trips in 2016, it’s still part of the nationwide movement to stem recent bus ridership declines. As such, WMATA is… Read more »

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

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


April 17, 2017    Adam Russell

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 »

A visualized day of New York’s transit options, working together

A visualized day of New York’s transit options, working together


April 11, 2017    Adam Russell

New York City is blessed with a lot of ways to get around town. From MTA buses to regional Metro-North rail lines to the omnipresent subway, the overall transportation system moves millions of people every day. A new visualization puts 24 hours of them together, showing how each works together in the broader context over… Read more »

Atlanta’s I-85 disruption shows importance of transit, flexibility of demand

Atlanta’s I-85 disruption shows importance of transit, flexibility of demand


April 5, 2017    Adam Russell

Current estimates of Atlanta’s I-85 collapse give the freeway at least several months before it is repaired and re-opens. When the fire collapsed a section of the highway last Friday, a major route became closed for commuters. Like similar emergency disruptions in other major metropolitan areas, the situation is a clear glimpse into how people… Read more »

How do we encourage more transit-accessible sports stadiums?

How do we encourage more transit-accessible sports stadiums?


April 4, 2017    Angela Urban

As baseball season begins this week, the Atlanta Braves officially relocate from Turner Field – much closer to Atlanta’s downtown – to SunTrust Park in suburban Cobb County. The move raises interesting questions about the transit accessibility of new stadiums. Part of the Braves’ stated reason for their relocation was that Turner Field was not easily… Read more »

Capital Bikeshare heat map visualizes 2016 rides, first look at Fairfax ridership

Capital Bikeshare heat map visualizes 2016 rides, first look at Fairfax ridership


March 27, 2017    Adam Russell

Earlier this month, Mobility Lab tech advisor Michael Schade shared a look at the latest Capital Bikeshare ridership data with his new heat map. Not only does the map grant an easy way to create a more detailed look at how individual neighborhoods use bikeshare, it also includes the first few months of ridership in… Read more »