Is China Considering a Divorce From Its Car Culture?

[By Paul Goddin for Mobility Lab] If the 20th Century was the era of America’s honeymoon with the car, the 21st has given way to the reluctant realization that this suitor has come with some baggage – air pollution, urban sprawl, obesity, and traffic congestion, to name a few. It is not just the U.S. …

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How to Think Like a Millennial

[By Paul Goddin for Mobility Lab] If you were born after 1980, you’re a Millennial. But if you live in an urban area, you probably think like one, regardless of your age. That is the takeaway from the fifth annual survey of Millennials from Zipcar. Released this month, Zipcar’s report confirms something many of us …

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Two Main Reasons D.C. Transit Ridership is Decreasing

[By Paul Goddin for Mobility Lab and GreaterGreaterWashington] 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 of …

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Major U.S. DOT Study Emphasizes Need for More Transit, Biking, Walking

[By Paul Goddin for Mobility Lab] Transit, bicycling, and pedestrian programs will be increasingly important in order to meet the country’s future transportation needs. That’s one conclusion that can be drawn from a new report by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) called Beyond Traffic. The report, currently still in draft form, is the Obama …

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The Down Side of Low Gas Prices

[By Paul Goddin for Mobility Lab] Our wallets may feel a bit heaver these days, due to the current five-year low in U.S. gasoline prices (to under $2 per gallon in some locations). These same low gas prices, though, also produce some unexpected negative consequences. Two new studies demonstrate, specifically, how low gas prices impact …

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Fully Driverless Cars Will Be Ready in 2060, Report Finds

[By Paul Goddin for Mobility Lab] The impact of autonomous – driverless – vehicles is still a ways in the future, according to projections made in a new report by Todd Litman of the Victoria Transport Policy Institute (VTPI). As for autonomous vehicles’ impacts on traffic congestion, automobile accidents, and car ownership, the VTPI report projects that driverless vehicles …

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Shared-Use Mobility and Low-Income Americans

[By Paul Goddin for Mobility Lab] The past decade has seen an explosion in shared-use mobility. Bikeshare, carshare, and rideshare services have become welcome transportation options for Americans. They are even leading people to rethink the need for car ownership altogether. But how well do these new services connect low-income Americans with jobs and opportunities? …

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