In Arlington, 221 Champions recognized for work promoting transportation options In Arlington, 221 Champions recognized for work promoting transportation options
In Arlington, 221 Champions recognized for work promoting transportation options
In Arlington, 221 Champions recognized for work promoting transportation options
Paving the way toward walkability by kicking deadly driving habits Paving the way toward walkability by kicking deadly driving habits
Paving the way toward walkability by kicking deadly driving habits
Paving the way toward walkability by kicking deadly driving habits
Google’s robot cars recognize cyclists’ hand signals — better than most cyclists Google’s robot cars recognize cyclists’ hand signals — better than most cyclists
Google's robot cars recognize cyclists' hand signals — better than most cyclists
Google’s robot cars recognize cyclists’ hand signals — better than most cyclists
6 Grassroots Steps to Improving the Terrible Street on Your Block 6 Grassroots Steps to Improving the Terrible Street on Your Block
6 Grassroots Steps to Improving the Terrible Street on Your Block
6 Grassroots Steps to Improving the Terrible Street on Your Block
Slow Down! And Four Other Ways to Make People Love Cyclists Slow Down! And Four Other Ways to Make People Love Cyclists
Slow Down! And Four Other Ways to Make People Love Cyclists
Slow Down! And Four Other Ways to Make People Love Cyclists

What are cities doing to make transportation solutions a reality?

The transportation sector is rapidly shifting from the status quo of previous decades — not only in the availability of federal funding for new investments, but also in new technologies and demographic preferences.

It is clear that states and localities will have to be inventive in finding funding sources to supplement federal support, and must plan for coming trends in greater connectivity between riders and their options.

And even the latest transportation funding bill will not come close to covering the need for maintenance and replacement of crumbling roads, bridges and transit systems.

Popular Policy Stories

How Transportation Funding Fails to Work the Way Anyone Intended

As the Senate and House are finalizing touches on the first new transportation authorization bill in more than 10 years, everyone agrees there are major problems with our transportation systems in the U.S. But nobody agrees on how to fund the necessary improvements.

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Answers to Transportation Ills Need to Come from Unexpected Funding

The world of transportation is innovating and shifting at a clip no mere mortals can expect to follow easily, but one would never know it by simply glancing at the flat and seemingly unexcited way Congress has taken to keeping roads and transit barely patched.

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Transportation Leadership 2.0 – Arlington, Technology, and the Future of Place

What will it take to jump-start Arlington’s “plan B” for transit?

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Recent Policy News

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 »

Paving the way toward walkability by kicking deadly driving habits

Paving the way toward walkability by kicking deadly driving habits


January 30, 2017    Dwight Martino

Long gone are the days of Mad Men, when smoke-filled offices were common place. If you had told anyone during that era that in 30 years, it would be illegal to light up in most public places, they would have laughed in your face. When smoking was identified as a preventable killer and a threat… Read more »

Metro pulls some of its real-time app data, citing security concerns


August 10, 2016    From Around the Web

The news: Three weeks after launching a real-time data feed and satisfying a commitment to app developers, Metro has pulled some of the data, citing security concerns. The DC MetroHero app’s take: Metro no longer publishes the location of non-passenger trains, a change made for “operational and security reasons,” but that snarls train-arrival data for developers, who say they… Read more »

Google’s robot cars recognize cyclists’ hand signals — better than most cyclists

Google’s robot cars recognize cyclists’ hand signals — better than most cyclists


July 7, 2016    From Around the Web

Biking alongside manually driven cars can be a nightmare for both the biker and the driver. Bikers can be fast. They weave in and out of traffic and sometimes human drivers toe the line when deciding how much space to give them — and sometimes they don’t. But now, thanks to Google’s many in-house bikers,… Read more »

6 Grassroots Steps to Improving the Terrible Street on Your Block

6 Grassroots Steps to Improving the Terrible Street on Your Block


June 23, 2015    Amy Eagleburger

It’s up to the residents of a city to lobby for the transportation solutions that best serve their community. That was the subtext of various workshops at the first-ever StreetsCamp, which took place on Saturday at Georgetown University’s School of Continuing Education in Washington D.C. Led by Christy Kwan of the Alliance for Biking and… Read more »

Slow Down! And Four Other Ways to Make People Love Cyclists

Slow Down! And Four Other Ways to Make People Love Cyclists


June 19, 2015    Paul Goddin

Just as there are two Americas, there are two types of cyclists. First, there are the Cyclists with a capital “C,” clad in Lycra and obsessed with speed. These cyclists probably spent upwards of $1,000 on a bike, are often male, and everything about them signals that cycling is not for mere mortals. These adrenaline… Read more »

National Academies Find That Open Data is a No-Brainer for Transit Agencies

National Academies Find That Open Data is a No-Brainer for Transit Agencies


June 19, 2015    Carol Schweiger

While transit agencies have long been measuring their performance based on the data they keep, a new world of “open data” is providing the opportunity for anyone to analyze and visualize performance in ways that have almost never been possible. The National Academies – which advises Congress on science, engineering, and medicine – has now… 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 »

A Playbook for Persuading People to Use Public Transportation

A Playbook for Persuading People to Use Public Transportation


June 4, 2015    Paul Mackie

The art of persuasion was on display in two sessions at the end of the Center for Transportation Excellence conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan this week. When attempting to convince someone to try something new – such as transportation alternatives to driving – arguing facts simply won’t work and usually makes the situation worse, according… Read more »

Transit Agencies Need Online Savvy to Influence Politics

Transit Agencies Need Online Savvy to Influence Politics


June 2, 2015    Paul Mackie

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 on how people are talking about them 365 days a year. “In transit, we’re feeling gun-shy. We’re used to people… 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 »

Transit in U.S. Can Look to Swiss for Economic Vision, U.S. Rep. Beyer Says

Transit in U.S. Can Look to Swiss for Economic Vision, U.S. Rep. Beyer Says


May 12, 2015    Paul Mackie

Over the past 41 years, U.S. Representative Donald Beyer’s business has sold 75,000 new and used cars. But the first-term Virginia Democrat deeply loves transit. Huh, you ask? “My real consciousness breakthrough came from living in Bern, Switzerland for four years [as U.S. Ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein]. The Swiss are the number-one train riders –… Read more »