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Businesses Moving to Where the Public Transportation Is – Downtown

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 »

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

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 »

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 »

London and Stockholm Boldly Reimagine Bicycle Commuting

I recently compared two approaches to accommodating bicyclists and pedestrians in cities: separation (through protected bike lanes) and integration (through the modern woonerf). How are some of these approaches working in London, England and Stockholm, Sweden? London’s Possibilities I came across three different schemes either being considered or built to accommodate the growing number of… Read more »

Business Leaders Network to Make Transportation Easier in Arlington

“One of the biggest benefits of being part of this program is learning what other companies are doing,” says Christine Ng of Environ, a science and technology consultancy that is one of hundreds of businesses served by Arlington Transportation Partners. Her compliment of ATP is captured in one of a series of videos shot at… Read more »

Transit Comfort Begins with Great Customer Service

There’s a story that’s popular in business schools. A blizzard in the California Sierras had knocked out all communications and deliveries to customers of a California FedEx office. Unable to meet the company’s “absolutely, positively delivered overnight” guarantee, a junior FedEx staffer, without approval of his managers, rented a helicopter (charging it on his personal… Read more »

Boeing Flies Right on Transportation Options

Boeing’s new regional headquarters has opened in the Crystal City neighborhood of Arlington, Virginia. And it’s an example of how a large company can prop up a local economy while minimizing its impact on traffic congestion. Boeing chose Crystal City because of its location across the Potomac River from Washington D.C., and for the multiple… Read more »

On-Demand Transit. Now That Sounds Like a Winning Idea!

What if you could get around cities with an option that combined the simplicity of Uber and the affordability of systems like D.C.’s Metrobus or Arlington’s ART buses? It would be an on-demand transit system with no routes, no transfers, and no time tables. A fleet of shuttles would have their paths constantly adjusted based on… Read more »

Making It Easy for Small Businesses to Offer Transit Benefits

It has been well documented that large companies offering transit benefits to their employees gain payroll tax savings, lower health-benefit costs, increased employee productivity, and better retention levels. But we seem to hear less about the advantages to small companies. Turns out, offering transit benefits is just as beneficial for small firms as it is… Read more »

San Francisco Law Helps Companies and Their Employees Ease Their Commutes

Over the past few months, Washington D.C. and New York City have each passed laws for employee commuter benefits, and Honolulu and Kansas City are considering it. So why the growing interest? Probably partly because these cities have seen how, in San Francisco, there has been an increase in the use of sustainable commuting modes… Read more »