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Washington, DC, improves parking and traffic with “asset-lite” pricing program

By Chris McCahill Washington, DC, just released the results from its four-year pilot program, parkDC, which applied dynamic pricing for on-street parking in Penn Quarter and Chinatown. Based on its success, the city is now working to expand the program beyond the pilot area. The program, which

How land use and access to transit impact taxi demand

By Rayla Bellis Significant research and debate in recent years have surrounded the impacts of ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft on transportation systems: whether they reduce the need for personal vehicles, how they contribute to or reduce congestion, and how they impact transit

Northeast looks at GHG reductions that boost the economy

By Eric Sundquist Clean transportation investments funded by market-based user charges would reduce greenhouse gas emissions while also providing a net economic benefit, a study for five Northeastern states and the District of Columbia contends. The study was released to coincide with

Transit: If you build it wrong, they might not come

By Robbie Webber Both the San Diego Mid-City BRT line and the DC-area Silver Line Metro are struggling with lower than expected ridership. Recent news coverage points out that both lines may suffer from poor implementation. The disappointing usage may hold lessons for other cities considering

Can parking lot capacity limit transit station capacity?

By Robbie Webber Greater Greater Washington recently outlined the cascade of implications of having poor pedestrian and bicycle connections to some DC-area transit stations in suburban locations. One of the problems they mention is that if walking or bicycling to a station is unappealing or

Bike share both reduces use of other modes and induces new trip-making

By Eric Sundquist The transportation literature on mode choice is robust, though not complete. One emerging issue is the bike share system, a mode that is not only new to the scene, but one that is purposely designed to work in concert with other modes as a first- or final-mile

2013 on track to be the year of the bike share

By Robbie Webber While bike share has grown across North America since the first program was launched here in 2008, 2013 looks to be the year with the largest roll-out yet. Twenty or more new systems are planned to open this year in this country and Vancouver, BC, although programs do not always

Making room for the slugs

By Bill Holloway The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is now taking slugs—otherwise known as “casual carpoolers”—into account when designing commuter parking lots. Although Virginia law prohibits people from soliciting rides on the side of the road, when it comes to slugging,

App crash leaves Washington Metro riders in the lurch

By Eric Sundquist Like most large transit system, the Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority makes its real-time data available to third-party developers, with the expectation that they will provide and update smartphone bus-arrival apps. In December, however, one of the most popular apps,

Bike share programs’ support of transit constrained by FTA funding rules

By Mary Ebeling The benefits to transit riders of having bike racks on buses and trains and bike storage at transit stops are well known. New bike share programs offer another opportunity to provide better access to public transit, bridging the important “last mile” between trip origins and