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How does transportation affect economic development?

People want to have the option to walk, bike, or take transit to work, and businesses, employers and developers have taken notice. Cities and communities in which it is easier for workers and residents to get around in ways other than by car for most of their daily needs are drawing more investments in terms of economic growth and jobs.

Additionally, studies are increasingly finding that lower rates of driving means more money stays in the local economy, as opposed to being siphoned away by the cost of gasoline. Bicyclists, for example, generally spend more money more frequently at local businesses than drivers do.

Thus, businesses and economic development agencies are often on the forefront of advocacy for better transportation options. Smarter decisions when it comes to getting around will pay off down the road when it comes to attracting a talented workforce and fostering a stronger local economy.

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Recent Economic News

Five ways employers are thinking big on commuter benefits

Five ways employers are thinking big on commuter benefits


February 21, 2017    Adam Russell

A new publication from the Association for Commuter Transportation, entitled “Getting to Work,” highlights the ways several forward-thinking employers are offering better commuting options to their employees. Each story offers a look at the unique transportation challenges major employers face – from parking crunches to time-consuming commutes – and which solutions have proven effective in addressing… Read more »

In Arlington, 221 Champions recognized for work promoting transportation options

In Arlington, 221 Champions recognized for work promoting transportation options


February 2, 2017    Dwight Martino

While Arlington County’s transportation network benefits from being directly across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C., the county has worked hard to get people moving in ways other than by car. “We have the lowest drive-alone rate for commuters in the state,” noted Larry Filler, bureau chief of Arlington County Commuter Services. But that rate… Read more »

In Arlington, 221 Champions recognized for work promoting transportation options

In Arlington, 221 Champions recognized for work promoting transportation options


February 2, 2017    Paul Mackie

While Arlington County’s transportation network benefits from being directly across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C., the county has worked hard to get people moving in ways other than by car. “We have the lowest drive-alone rate for commuters in the state,” noted Larry Filler, bureau chief of Arlington County Commuter Services. But that rate… Read more »

Which employers are leading on commuter benefits?

Which employers are leading on commuter benefits?


January 31, 2017    Dwight Martino

Employer TDM programs aren’t just for reducing congestion on highways – they also make good business sense, contributing to productive workplaces and employee retention. Best Workplaces for Commuters, a program of the Center for Urban Transportation Research, today released its 2017 list of employers leading the way in TDM programs, a national lineup of companies making… Read more »

Businesses Moving to Where the Public Transportation Is – Downtown

Businesses Moving to Where the Public Transportation Is – Downtown


June 24, 2015    Paul Goddin

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 corporate campus with lots of green space to an amenity-rich downtown location. Reilly said his company’s relocation has been “transformative”… Read more »

New App Connects Coworkers to Ride Together

New App Connects Coworkers to Ride Together


June 18, 2015    Amy Eagleburger

Commuters who regularly endure traffic jams and long travel times to work sometimes consider carpooling as an alternative, but it’s not always simple to find people to share a ride. A new app called Ride aims to change all that. Launched in April, Ride hopes to connect coworkers who have similar routes to work – reducing… Read more »

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

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


June 17, 2015    Paul Goddin

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 cost of living in the city. Housing, though, is the expense that tips the scales decidedly in favor of the suburbs. Or does it? With car… Read more »

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

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


June 11, 2015    Monique Wahba

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 »

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

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


June 10, 2015    Paul Goddin

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 much, they should be regulated is important. It will help determine the speed of technological innovation in the U.S. and the direction… Read more »

Carsharing is Great Even for Car Owners

Carsharing is Great Even for Car Owners


May 28, 2015    Maggie Awad

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?