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Does Chicago’s Elevated “L” Get the Fundamentals of Transit Right?

I was passing through Chicago en route to Missouri to attend my niece’s high-school graduation. As I had a layover of several hours between my flight’s arrival in Chicago and my Amtrak train to Missouri, I thought I would take the “L” downtown to visit The Art Institute of Chicago, then walk over to the… Read more »

Carsharing is Great Even for Car Owners

Cars work best for society when there’s more than one person using them, which is why we like when organizations such as Carma and Ridescout find ways to get people excited about carpooling and carsharing. I mean, who wouldn’t love cat cafes and origami owls?

Gridlock Is Not Just for D.C. Politics

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., number two on the list, proves once again that the term “gridlock” doesn’t just apply to the city’s politics. NerdWallet gave Washington poor scores because,… Read more »

Arlington Incubates Its Latest Transit-Tech Project

It takes a certain amount of chutzpah to compete with the likes of Google, but that’s what a little start-up named Conveyal is doing. The firm creates digital tools to help transport authorities better communicate the wide array of available mobility options. Its new product is similar in functionality to Google Maps and the many… Read more »

Millennials and City Dwellers Have Nearly Identical Transportation Preferences

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 of Millennials from Zipcar. Released this month, Zipcar’s report confirms something many of us have expected for quite a while:… Read more »

Details in New Metro 7000 Trains Could Please Even the Grumpiest Riders

At 7:12 on this rainy morning, the first 7000 series trains rolled into service on Washington D.C.’s Metro subway. Meant to replace the 280 remaining trains in the 1000 series that were delivered in 1976, the new trains are light-years ahead of their predecessors. Besides the various safety features that improve upon the 1000 series… Read more »

RYDE Helps Music Festivals Reduce Traffic with Crowd Sourcing

Music festivals are social events, so why not extend that experience to include a fun trip to and from the sites? RYDE, founded by Brian Allman and business partners Bob Aube and Paul Misso, sells individual seats on large luxury buses for a fee much lower than the prohibitive cost of renting a whole bus…. Read more »

Seemingly Little Things Make D.C. Transit Too Difficult

I recently flew down to Washington D.C. to attend a friend’s wedding in Rockville, Maryland. With trains, planes, and automobiles involved, surely, I thought, there would be something to write about. My flights were thankfully uneventful. With nothing more than a carry-on, electronic check-in at Albany International Airport was a breeze. The machines were easy… Read more »

Arlington Hotels Helping Drive Public-Transportation Ridership

When it comes to public transportation, some of Arlington, Virginia’s most forward-thinking businesses are in the hospitality industry. A handful of hotels have recently been recognized for their initiatives, in partnership with Arlington Transportation Partners (ATP), to implement transit benefits and educate their employees about the area’s transportation options. They were honored at a recent… Read more »