Walkability and Transit Mean Independence in Golden Years

Most adults want to age in place; that is, grow older without the need to move from their home or community. As driving becomes a challenge, though, seniors can feel dependent upon others, or isolated and cut off from their friends or public services. Communities that have strong public transit systems and walkable amenities are …

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Transit’s Surprising Advantage is Sitting Right in Your Pocket

Metra commuters. (DePaul University/Jeff Carrion) With public-transit use riding a 58-year high of 10.8 billion trips last year, it only makes sense to ask: why? Technology may be partially responsible for public transit's record ridership, but probably not in the way you think. As smartphones and other electronic devices have skyrocketed in popularity, more people are becoming dependent on …

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Businesses are Moving Back Downtown

The deciding factor in Panasonic’s move of its North American headquarters from Secaucus, New Jersey to Newark was public transportation, according to Jim Reilly, vice president of corporate communications. The company relocated from a large corporate campus with lots of green space to an amenity-rich downtown location. Reilly said his company’s relocation has been “transformative” …

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Behind the Scenes of a Transportation Tech Start-Up

It takes a certain amount of chutzpah to compete with the likes of Google, but that’s what a little start-up named Conveyal is doing. The firm creates digital tools to help transport authorities better communicate the wide array of available mobility options. Its new product is similar in functionality to Google Maps and the many consumer-based …

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Two Main Reasons D.C. Transit Ridership is Decreasing

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 low gasoline prices, the increase is welcome news for …

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

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. http://youtu.be/4tRyl7IzALo The report, currently still in draft form, is the Obama administration’s 30-year framework of our …

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The Down Side of Low 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 …

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Yes, America, Transit is Safe

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. A 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 …

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The Federal Government is Making Your Commute Worse

There are a lot of reasons to be frustrated with the gridlocked federal government, but when it comes to transportation, this headline probably hits home the hardest. And it is the primary claim of a report released today, Subsidizing Congestion, by TransitCenter and The Frontier Group, that describes the numerous ways in which a relatively …

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Transit is a Commonality of Booming, Vibrant Cities

The smartest move for real-estate developers is to continue investing in cities that have many transportation options available to their potential tenants. And growing cities need to embrace transit-oriented development to remain competitive. Those are the findings of a recent report that explores 10 major cities (Mexico City, Manhattan, Los Angeles, Chicago, Toronto, Washington D.C., Miami, Atlanta, Boston, and San Francisco) …

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