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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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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Making it Easy for Small Businesses to Offer Transit Benefits

[By Paul Goddin for Mobility Lab] It has been well documented that large companies offering transit benefits to their employees gain payroll tax savings, lower health-benefit costs, increased employee productivity, and better retention levels. But we seem to hear less about the advantages to small companies. Turns out, offering transit benefits is just as beneficial …

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Idea for Smarter Transit Fares Wins GMU Competition

[By Paul Goddin for Mobility Lab] Transit would be better served if the pay-per-ride and unlimited fare schemes that currently dominate were expanded to include more fine-tuned pricing structures similar to those offered by cell phone companies. That was the idea that won the recent second annual Outside the Box transportation conference and competition at George Mason …

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Tips for Effective (Transportation) Blogging

[By Paul Goddin for Mobility Lab and Greater Greater Washington] Begin with your most important point. Use short sentences and clear, non-jargony language. Remember your end goal. These were among the tips BeyondDC creator and Greater Greater Washington (GGW) blogger Dan Malouff (above left, with Paul Mackie) imparted at this week’s Lunch at the Lab. Malouff discussed effective …

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How Arlington Plans to Invest in Transportation Future

[By Paul Goddin for Mobility Lab, published on June 19, 2014] More people are moving throughout Arlington County, Virginia without additional automobile congestion. Over the past 15 years, Arlington’s arterial roads have had less traffic, while transit usage during the same period of time has increased 34.5 percent. As transit service has grown, customer satisfaction has increased, especially …

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Carma Takes Swipe at Uber, Lyft & Sidecar

[By Paul Goddin for Mobility Lab, published on June 11, 2014] The first day of the two-day Innovation in Mobility Public Policy Summit in Washington D.C. was “bike heavy,” according to one participant. With the conversation clearly revolving around bikesharing systems, participants and speakers had to dance around the subject on many people’s minds: Uber, Lyft, and Sidecar – the …

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