September 25, 2018

Mobility Lab has now been writing about the little-know excellent idea of PARK(ing) Day for six years. And despite the stragglers who find it impossible to accept change, the concept is beginning to take hold.

Although the mission of PARK(ing) Day (which occurred Friday) is to create temporary parklets, one day per year, where people can congregate in places...

July 11, 2018

A recent study from DePaul University examines when and why consumers choose an on-demand ride like Uber or Lyft—or indeed a carpooled on-demand ride—over public transit in Chicago.

The researchers found that saving time might not be riders’ main motivation for choosing these apps: even though riders saved considerable time using them outside of the city’s do...

June 19, 2018

We’ve written skeptically about how genuine microtransit services and ride-hailing companies, like Uber and Lyft, are about truly enhancing transit ridership and accessibility.

For instance:

When I asked four such entrepreneurs what percentage of rides their services provide are “first mile” or to transit, 150 people [in attendance at a recent mobility confere...

March 12, 2018

The Tokyo metropolitan area currently sees “about 13 million people commute daily,” Tokyo Olympics spokesperson Masa Takaya wrote in response to an emailed question concerning how people will get around the city during the 2020 Summer Games.

With 8 million visitors expected for the event, decreasing vehicle traffic by 15 percent over the next 30 months is see...

January 12, 2018

HR1, the tax bill signed into law on December 22, has spurred a “massive influx of confusion” regarding transportation benefits. So said Kendle Bjelland, program manager at Commute Seattle.

While some employers believe the bill has cut all tax subsidies offered by employers for parking and transit, this is not true. It has cut only one kind of subsidy, and th...

November 1, 2017

Transit should be the focus of many of our trips, or, at the very least, our work commutes.

But living even just a half-mile away from transit is often enough to get most people defaulting to their private vehicles. Even with all this tech and the new business models filtering into neighborhoods near-ish to transit, there is not much of a spike in transit use...

October 30, 2017

Many of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s fundamental problems – like funding and infrastructure – appear to be sticking around.

But the agency’s open-data policy provides a lot of space for the public to at least better manage the passenger experience and plan for an improved system down the road.

Transit enthusiasts at the Transportation T...

October 26, 2017

To:       City Manager (aka Mobility Momma)

From:   Concerned City Council Member (composite character, not intended to resemble a real live person)

Re:       Mini Metropolis – Behind the Eight Ball

I feel like we in Mini Metropolis have either missed the party or we’re headed for a meltdown on driverless cars. No matter who I talk to, wheth...

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