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Cities Must Understand Bikeshare Is Transit

Mayor Vincent Gray

Bikeshare systems either have to make it on their own or be subsidized like the rest of the transportation system.

This difference of opinion within the bikeshare industry was recently brought to light by an article at NextCity.orgentitled San Antonio Bikeshare Threatens to Close Without Major Sponsor. But it isn’t such a black or white issue.

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Infrastructure Money Tight? Do Better Bus Marketing

Cross posted on http://www.MobilityLab.org on March 6, 2015. If cities want to reduce the need for expensive infrastructure improvements, they should brand and market their buses better, according to New York Times conservative commentator Josh Barro. Citing a 2009 report from the Federal Transit Administration, he notes there is evidence to believe that transit agencies […]

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Flying Cars Instead of Bikes? Let’s Talk Real Solutions. Now.

Photo: Foxx and Garcetti

I really enjoyed this week’s “Fix My Commute,” the inaugural forum in the Washington Post’s America Answers series. It was a first-class event that brought together a fascinating array of national experts and progressive mayors focused on solving the problems of increasing traffic congestion. TDM Takeaway Cutting-edge, affordable transportation programs focused on people must play more […]

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Demand Side Strategies Are Secret to Arlington’s Success

Cross posted at http://www.MobilityLab.org on July 7, 2014 Two recent headlines really sum it up nicely for Arlington County, Virginia. As Arlington Booms, Traffic Drops was written by Canaan Merchant in Greater Greater Washington and The Suburb of the Future is Here – How one city avoided the worst of suburbanization and revealed the path […]

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I-66 Doesn’t Need More Lanes Or Expensive Infrastructure

Yes, Virginia Interstate 66 is a mess. Commuters are right to decry the congestion along this stretch of interstate, where travel times from Northern Virginia into D.C. are the longest in the region. But reports from Dr. Gridlock in the Washington Post that the state and federal governments are considering plans to add additional lanes onto I-66 are not […]

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“Bikeswell” Details Arlington’s Vision as Best Biking City on East Coast

Arlington County’s commitment to biking is pretty huge. And for any other place in the country looking to enhance its bicycling infrastructure and encourage a healthier populace and more vibrant cityscape – including attendees at the upcoming 2014 National Bike Summit on March 3-5 – BikeArlington’s recent Bikeswell movie is a must-see. Beyond the movie, Arlington’s […]

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Technology Will Fuel Transportation Needs of the Future

TransportationCamp DC is all about providing technology tools to people so they can make the critical choices of getting from Point A to Point B and beyond. The convergence this year of hundreds of urbanists, transportation aficionados, and people who work with technology for a living all joined together on the Saturday last month before the […]

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Transit Tech Ready for Center Stage at TransportationCamp DC This Saturday

  Commuters in Washington D.C., Virginia, and Maryland are lucky to have so many options to get around the area. But it doesn’t happen without hard work behind the scenes. That’s where events like this Saturday’s 2nd Annual TransportationCamp Washington DC 2013 step in. There will be hundreds of really smart people joining together to […]

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The Personal Benefits of Mobility Management (Active Transport)

Cross posted on http://www.MobilityLab.org December 17, 2012 “Mobility management” (Active Transport) is, from a personal perspective, about accessibility. It’s about having travel options that are superior to driving alone. For an individual, mobility management has a lot of benefits. You can save a lot of money. Often, you can also save time. You might save […]

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Census Figures Show Transit Use Up in Washington Region – PlanItMetro

Transit commuters in the Washington D.C. region are growing in rapid numbers. According to new figures recently posted at PlanItMetro, the blog of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), transit’s share of commuters rose from 14.6 percent of commuters in 2000 to 19.4 percent in 2011. In Arlington County, Virginia – just across the […]

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