Mobility Lab

Energizing People to Reimagine Our Cities

Video Posted on Updated on

Advertisements

The Down Side of Low Gas Prices

Posted on Updated on

[By Paul Goddin for Mobility Lab]

Gas-prices

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 transit ridership and property values.

Gas Prices and Transit Ridership

A new study from the Mineta Transportation Institute (MTI) finds that public-transit ridership increases when gas prices go up. This suggests that, when gas prices are low, the demand for public transit might suffer.

Read the rest of this entry »

Fully Driverless Cars Will Be Ready in 2060, Report Finds

Posted on Updated on

[By Paul Goddin for Mobility Lab]

5499949739_d4fb302a21_b

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 will have only a modest impact on these areas in the next few decades. But autonomous cars will change mobility in dramatic ways in the far future.

In the near future, driverless cars will not be a panacea or cure-all for our transport problems, despite the hype they’ve received in the press.

Read the rest of this entry »

Shared-Use Mobility and Low-Income Americans

Posted on Updated on

[By Paul Goddin for Mobility Lab]

shared-use

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? They could do better, according to a new report from the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP) in collaboration with Living Cities.

Read the rest of this entry »

Yes, America, Transit is Safe

Posted on Updated on

[By Paul Goddin for Mobility Lab]

image

Transit is a very safe form of transportation, not only in terms of safety from accidents, but also in terms of personal security from crimes and theft.

new study authored by Todd Litman of the Victoria Transport Policy Institute argues that the narrative for transit needs to be changed to emphasize this fact.

Litman’s study reports that transit travel has about one-tenth the traffic injury and death rate as automobile travel. Furthermore, residents of transit-oriented communities have about one-fifth the per capita crash casualty rate as those in automobile-oriented communities.

Read the rest of this entry »

Urbanization the Hottest Real-Estate Trend in 2015

Posted on Updated on

[By Paul Goddin for Mobility Lab]

Urbanization – migration away from the suburbs and to the central city – will be the biggest real estate trend in 2015, according to a new report from the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).

The Emerging Trends in Real Estate report, in its 36th year of publication, makes projections in commercial and residential real estate for the coming year. It is a widely utilized and respected industry report. The newest report surveyed more than 1,400 people involved in the real-estate market, ranging from real-estate investors to property managers.

Read the rest of this entry »