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Businesses Moving to Where the Public Transportation Is – Downtown

[quote_right][feature_box title=”TDM TAKEAWAY” title_color=”fff” header_color=”369″]The pattern of office relocations is making it easier for people to reconsider the commuting possibilities.[/feature_box][/quote_right] 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… Read more »

Living in the Heart of D.C. May Actually Be Cheaper Than Living in the Outer Suburbs

[quote_right][feature_box title=”TDM TAKEAWAY” title_color=”fff” header_color=”369″]People may have incentive to take public transportation now that they have access to better information about the true costs of car ownership.[/feature_box][/quote_right] The conventional wisdom is that living in the city is much more expensive than living outside of it. Taxes, entertainment, and groceries all add up to a slightly higher… Read more »

Should Uber Get Special Treatment? A Look at Sharing-Economy Rules

[quote_right][feature_box title=”TDM TAKEAWAY” title_color=”fff” header_color=”369″]Confusion on regulations for startups is making it tricky for cities and states to innovate with public transportation.[/feature_box][/quote_right] Sharing-economy companies like Uber, Lyft, and AirBnB continue to disrupt industries as they create services that are incredibly appealing to consumers. Whatever your opinion on these companies, the decision regarding if, and how… Read more »

Transit Agencies Need Online Savvy to Influence Politics

[quote_right][feature_box title=”TDM TAKEAWAY” title_color=”fff” header_color=”369″]Transit experts can dig deeper into social media to improve customer service and gain influential proponents.[/feature_box][/quote_right] Surveying and research modeling for transit ballot measures typically happens in the final crunch before elections. But Scott Wilkinson, founder of AlphaVu, makes a compelling case for transit agencies and transportation strategists to stay focused… Read more »

Gridlock Is Not Just for D.C. Politics

[quote_right][feature_box title=”TDM TAKEAWAY” title_color=”fff” header_color=”369″]Cities that work hard to publicize their transit options can do a lot to relief stress and congestion for all commuters.[/feature_box][/quote_right] File this one under “lists you don’t want to appear on.” Consumer finance website NerdWallet has released a list of the top 10 Worst Cities for Car Drivers. Washington D.C.,… Read more »

More Bikeshare Stations is a Good Thing, But It’s Important to Be Realistic

A new study from the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) says people use bikeshare more when a given area has more stations. But the study makes a density recommendation that’s going to be hard to ever meet, and not everyone agrees it’s a good idea in the first place. NACTO’s report, released April… Read more »

Is China Considering a Divorce From Its Car Culture?

[quote_right][feature_box title=”TDM TAKEAWAY” title_color=”fff” header_color=”369″]Like in U.S. cities, research shows there is an opportunity to introduce new transportation ideas and options in Chinese mega-cities.[/feature_box][/quote_right] If the 20th Century was the era of America’s honeymoon with the car, the 21st has given way to the reluctant realization that this suitor has come with some baggage –… Read more »

Millennials and City Dwellers Have Nearly Identical Transportation Preferences

[quote_right][feature_box title=”TDM TAKEAWAY” title_color=”fff” header_color=”369″]Urbanites and Millennials are captive audiences when it comes to the offering of multiple transportation options.[/feature_box][/quote_right] If you were born after 1980, you’re a Millennial. But if you live in an urban area, you probably think like one, regardless of your age. That is the takeaway from the fifth annual survey… Read more »

For Earth Day, Accountability for Transportation Agencies May Begin with Environmental Messages

[quote_right][feature_box title=”TDM TAKEAWAY” title_color=”fff” header_color=”369″]Messages about how transportation initiatives can improve people’s lives and the environment are good ways for agencies to make the case for transportation-funding needs.[/feature_box][/quote_right] As Earth Day approaches on April 22, it’s worth considering how well state departments of transportation talk about their environmental responsibilities. A new report by the American Association… Read more »

Uber, Lyft Have Opportunity to Complement Local Transit Networks

[quote_right][feature_box title=”TDM TAKEAWAY” title_color=”fff” header_color=”369″]Governments need to be exploring how to integrate new ride-hailing services into their transportation networks.[/feature_box][/quote_right] We hear a lot about how Uber and Lyft are impacting traditional taxis, but what of their potential impact on public transit? Tech-enabled ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft already appear to be acting as a… Read more »