New App Connects Coworkers to Ride Together New App Connects Coworkers to Ride Together
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Carsharing is Great Even for Car Owners Carsharing is Great Even for Car Owners
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Uber, Lyft Get a Carpool Competitor in D.C. Uber, Lyft Get a Carpool Competitor in D.C.
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Transportation Agencies: Open Your Data Now Transportation Agencies: Open Your Data Now
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Taking Bridj in D.C. Offers Great New Option, and Maybe Even Some Time Savings Taking Bridj in D.C. Offers Great New Option, and Maybe Even Some Time Savings
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Taking Bridj in D.C. Offers Great New Option, and Maybe Even Some Time Savings

How are on-demand services changing the transportation landscape?

The growth of on-demand transportation options, which include services from Uber to Bridj, have signalled a larger shift in attitudes about how people choose to get around in urban areas.

In many cities, traffic have had it with the crushing traffic that dominates most of our cities, and 3 out of 4 people are frustrated by their lack of transportation options.

Technology, and specifically the large-scale adoption of smart phones, has been the top enabler of this trend – from the on-demand/sharing economy to electric and autonomous vehicles and beyond.

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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 »

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?

Uber, Lyft Get a Carpool Competitor in D.C.

Uber, Lyft Get a Carpool Competitor in D.C.


May 22, 2015    Jonathan Bollhoefer

Boston-based Bridj recently launched limited service between Capitol Hill and Dupont Circle in Washington D.C. to help fill a niche not being targeted by buses. Another company, Split, launched just a couple days ago and is similar to Uber and Lyft in that you order a car to your location to taxi you to your destination. The… Read more »

Transportation Agencies: Open Your Data Now

Transportation Agencies: Open Your Data Now


May 19, 2015    Chris Hamilton

An important tactic for transportation agencies to balance traveler demand on roads and transit is to give people the tools and information they need to make smart choices about how they get around. One such tool is rideshare matching – providing commuters with potential carpool or vanpool matches based on origin, destination, and time of… Read more »

Taking Bridj in D.C. Offers Great New Option, and Maybe Even Some Time Savings

Taking Bridj in D.C. Offers Great New Option, and Maybe Even Some Time Savings


April 28, 2015    Brendan Casey

I switched up my usual commute this morning and ditched my bike for the chance to try out Bridj, a Boston-based “pop-up bus transit” startup company that launched this week in Washington D.C. The company offers flexible shuttle routes that adapt based on the locations of who has booked a ride during a given period… Read more »

Millennials and City Dwellers Have Nearly Identical Transportation Preferences

Millennials and City Dwellers Have Nearly Identical Transportation Preferences


April 23, 2015    Paul Goddin

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 »

How Capital Bikeshare Members Use System is Becoming Clearer

How Capital Bikeshare Members Use System is Becoming Clearer


April 21, 2015    Paul Mackie

Since Capital Bikeshare’s previous surveys in 2011 and 2012, members of the Washington D.C. region’s bikeshare program have grown a little older, become more widespread throughout the region (rather than simply being from the urban core), and become more prominently affluent white males. This latest survey (see the full survey and executive summary here) –… Read more »

TDM Tidbits: UberPool Data Gives Insight to Local Travel Patterns

TDM Tidbits: UberPool Data Gives Insight to Local Travel Patterns


April 20, 2015    Ashley Robbins

TDM Tidbits brings you the top news and research about transportation demand management initiatives from around the country and world. NATIONAL Uber Estimates 164,000 Fewer Miles Have Been Driven by UberPool Carpool Users (Re/Code) Study Finds Asthma Rates Similar For Black Youth in Detroit and Rural Georgia (Helio) Household Spending on Transportation is Squeezing the Middle-Class… Read more »

Uber, Lyft Have Opportunity to Complement Local Transit Networks

Uber, Lyft Have Opportunity to Complement Local Transit Networks


March 27, 2015    Chris Plano

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 complement to public transit. Uber analyzed its Los Angeles trip data to in this light. Over the course of… Read more »