Consumers, sick of paying premium prices at the pumps, increasingly rely on electric scooters to get around. Sky-high gasoline prices, new commuting habits and a tough car-buying market are sending more people shopping for electric scooters. Miami e-scooter marketplace and manufacturer Fluidfreeride has sold more than twice as many units this month compared with last, founder Julian Fernau says. Sales are 70% higher than in March 2021, he added, and website traffic is up abou
Free lunches! Unlimited snacks! Outdoor activities! Big work areas! Stocked fridges! Back-to-office strategies include a lot of things to lure people back, and some are good. Amenities may nudge towards short-term employee happiness in this transition, but many employers are overlooking a number one reason people don’t want to return in the first place: the commute. 84% have said “not commuting” is the top benefit of working from home. The cost savings of not having to go to
How much are gas taxes? Most people don't know. So let’s give clear, meaningful transportation subsidies instead. A recent surge in gas prices has prompted state and federal legislators in the United States to propose suspending the gas tax. But if consumers didn’t hear about it on the news, would they even notice? Governments collect gas taxes from a small number of fuel distributors, not directly from drivers. That means consumers often have no idea how much they’re paying
When it closed in August 2019, about 18,700 cars a day crossed the Chestnut Street bridge, which was built in 1957. After more than two years of construction, the Chestnut Street Bridge over the Schuylkill reopened to traffic on Saturday night. The 65-year-old bridge had been closed to vehicles since August 2019 so PennDot could repair and repaint its steel superstructure and replace the deck. There are also some upgrades, including wider sidewalks and a dedicated bicycle lan
by Thomas Fitzgerald SEPTA is looking for ways to rebuild ridership from the steep pandemic plunge. Penn Medicine, Drexel University, and Wawa soon will offer free SEPTA monthly passes to thousands of their employees for travel on any of the public transit system’s services in an initiative to increase ridership, officials said Monday. The move comes as system ridership remains far below what it was before the coronavirus pandemic upended daily life in March 2020. Fare revenu
The 82 Alliance and GVF recently released its Climate and TDM report. Transportation is the leading cause of U.S. greenhouse gas emission and is responsible for 27% of all U.S. emissions. Transportation Demand Management (TDM) refers to strategies, programs, or policies that are designed to reduce drive-alone trips and enable the transportation system to function more effectively and efficiently through alternative transportation options. By implementing TDM strategies and re
The whole “Don’t like gas prices? Ride a bike!” sounds annoying and feels impractical for most people. But if you weren’t already aware, there’s a much more practical alternative to conventional pedal bikes: fun and energy-efficient electric bikes! Now more than ever, with gas prices rising steeply and uncertain fuel prospects on the horizon, perhaps it’s time to give an electric bike a second thought. Look, if you can pedal for your entire commute, that’s awesome. Go for it!
Reducing congestion and its problems of pollution and carbon emissions won’t be easy or cheap. But transportation experts continue to search for answers. Editor’s note: This is the second in a two-part series about induced demand. Read the first article here. American transportation planning is all about getting people to travel more and ensuring that experience is as frictionless as possible. Congestion mitigation is the name of the game. For much of the post-World War II pe