In recent decades, once-struggling cities have been reimagining themselves by evolving from 20th-century-style manufacturing centers to 21st-century hubs of commerce and culture. While each city realizes its own evolution in its own way, one important ingredient of these transformations is consistent among them all: city parks. Like the cities that house them, urban parks take on different forms, from signature downtown parks to reclaimed industrial railways and corridors. No
My first experience with ride hailing came as I was with a friend and grumbling about finding a cab home from a party on Boathouse Row. She mentioned “Uber,” which at the time meant nothing to me, and pulled out her smart phone. Not long after, a SUV pulled up looking for us. I was stunned by this high-tech, super-convenient service. About three years later, what was a novelty has become routine, but cities and transportation agencies are still trying to grasp what this new i
Since 2013, the city of Arlington’s mass transit system was a single bus route that was used mainly by students at the University of Texas at Arlington. Earlier this month, the Arlington City Council voted to end the route, and replace it with the ridesharing service Via beginning Dec. 11. D Magazine said Arlington will become the first U.S. city to convert its entire mass transit operation into so-called micro transit. Arlington long has fought the distinction of being the l
The buzz about smart cities is everywhere. Every local government around the world, from Auckland to Toronto and even to Ajmer, a small holy town in India, is latching on to this trend. As smart cities become the new normal, how can city governments step up their game and go full-throttle towards realizing this dream? By redesigning the customer, or rather the citizen experience and positioning themselves as ‘lovemarks’. Lovemark brands create intimate connections with their
The part of the Republican-led tax plan that most concerns readers of Mobility Lab is the pre-tax benefit for commuters, which, over the past few years, has been bandied about and punted around more than a football at a Browns-Bengals game. On November 16, the full U.S. House passed a tax package that leaves untouched pre-tax parking and transit benefits. The benefit allows employers to provide their employees up to $255 a month tax free for bus and rail fare or for parking.
Depending on the city where you live, paying for a ride on public transit can be complicated. A single morning's commute can involve a confounding mishmash of cash, paper tickets and electronic swipe cards. And different parts of a transit system -- buses, subways, commuter trains -- can sometimes be independent from each other, frustrating riders who have to juggle multiple fare cards and different methods of payment. That's all starting to change. Responding to riders’ dema
If you want to learn how a city can start doing good street projects faster, keep an eye on Austin, Texas. In 2014, when he was authoring Austin’s plan for a citywide “all ages and abilities” biking network, city bikeway designer Nathan Wilkes threw together an Excel chart that might have been easy to laugh at: It looked like the chart you might see in, for example, thousands of pitches to venture capitalists: “First, we muddle through for a few years. Then, a miracle occurs.
Many of us TreeHuggers would dearly love for cities to ban cars and take steps instead toward promoting active, health- and life-improving transportation options. Here in the sprawling cities of the South, however, that future seems an awful long way off. (They've been talking about light rail in my town for the last two decades. Never mind separated bike lanes.) That's why I tend to still see electric vehicles and livable, bike- and pedestrian-friendly cities not as a binary