Making it Easy for Small Businesses to Offer Transit Benefits

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 for small firms as it is …

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Idea for Smarter Transit Fares Wins GMU Competition

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 University’s (GMU’s) School of …

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What are Cities Trying to Tell People?

“Does a city speak?” This provocative question – posed by Saskia Sassen (pictured above) – opened the recent Mobilities in Cities: From Visible to Invisible conference at Columbia University. It’s hard to deny that a city has life, but does it live and communicate? Sassen has explored these ideas before: the juxtaposition of technology – ephemeral, artificial, …

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Tips for Effective (Transportation) Blogging

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 blogging and how to get published by websites …

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How Arlington Plans to Invest in Transportation Future

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 on the county’s ART buses. These statistics were …

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Carma Takes Swipe at Uber, Lyft & Sidecar

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 transportation network companies (TNCs) everyone either loves or …

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Bikesharing, Carsharing Discussed at Mobility Summit

Congressman Earl Blumenauer began the two-day Innovation in Mobility Public Policy Summit in Washington D.C. calling for multimodal transportation systems. The Oregon Democrat described how transit, walking, and cycling are all necessary in order to “coax more capacity” out of our current transportation systems. And it seems, by the focus of speakers on a panel called “How Local Governments …

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Other Place Nipping at Heels of Arlington’s Transit-Oriented Development

Arlington, Virginia has long been a national and local leader of transit-oriented development (TOD). It’s been the jurisdictional equivalent of an iPad when the majority of places were still desktop PCs. Now, many other places are patterning themselves based on the traits Arlington perfected; that is, relatively dense and containing mixed-use, walkable, and bikeable neighborhoods …

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DATA Lauds Fairchild, Kirby

Tom Fairchild is a connector. Anyone who knows Mobility Lab’s director has experienced his knack for working a room, his ability to speak to virtually anyone, and his habit of making introductions (and high fives). The only down side to this is that it can be hard to get Fairchild to leave an event. He …

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Redefining Uber: Why the Term Rideshare Doesn’t Fit

Uber and its ilk are cool and disruptive technologies, and our position at Mobility Lab is that additional transportation choices are always a good thing for consumers. But Uber’s habit of calling itself a “rideshare company” is getting out of hand. Neither Uber, Sidecar, nor Lyft fit any of the criteria of a rideshare, yet …

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