How can transportation demand management make public transit a better experience for riders?
In urban areas, public transit is the backbone of the region’s transportation network, as residences, job centers, and other transportation connections all locate around its major nodes. Public transit also provides the essential public good of mobility to people who could otherwise not afford a car or other expensive options.
In many major cities, however, transit systems are aging: vulnerable to breakdowns, lackluster service, and routes that don’t effectively serve residents’ needs. Getting buses, subways and trains to continue to compete with the personal car means improving the overall experience, making commuting easier, and fostering connections to other last-mile options.
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Author Ben Ross spoke at today’s Lunch At the Lab at Mobility Lab. Below are select tweets about the ways people are discussing gentrification and how it’s shaping the worlds of affordable housing, transit, and urbanism in general.
There seems to be quite a lot of flirting, or at least furtive glancing, taking place on public transportation. A new series of Metro ads celebrating the opening of the Silver Line suggests the new rail line to Reston might not only connect Washington D.C. residents with jobs and housing, but with dating opportunities as… Read more »
Transit would be better served if the pay-per-ride and unlimited fare schemes that currently dominate were expanded to include more fine-tuned pricing structures similar to those offered by cell phone companies. That was the idea that won the recent second annual Outside the Box transportation conference and competition at George Mason University’s (GMU’s) School of Public Policy. Winner… Read more »
How many cell-phone minutes do you pay for in a month? Or gigabytes of data? Are you on a family plan? Do you get a group discount from work? What does this even have to do with transit? If we think of a transit trip like we do a cell-phone minute (or megabyte) we start… Read more »
If you are like me and live or work about five blocks from the Metro and generally wait till the last minute to leave to catch the train, the hurried walk to the Metro counts as exercise! I have been pleased to discover that walking briskly for at least thirty minutes a day is the… Read more »
This project was a component of a semi-annual psychographic and behavioral study of Washington area residents. The purpose of this study was to determine Washington area residents’ behaviors and attitudes toward transportation, in particular toward the private car, Metrobus, and Metrorail. KEY FINDINGS Private Car Usage: Use of the private car was quite prevalent in… Read more »
The purpose of this study was to provide a marketing information foundation for the Arlington County Teen Transit Initiative, a teen-led task force charged with planning additional transit-oriented services for Arlington County teens. KEY FINDINGS Teen Demographics: Just over half the respondents were female. The majority were 16 and 17 years of age, white, and… Read more »