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Transportation should be viewed like a smartphone. It should allow everyone to be connected to opportunities throughout the rest of society, at reasonable and low cost. And a ride-hailing partnership with transit is a crucial example of how local governments can catch up and be responsive in a fast-moving world of technology-driven transportation options.

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Untangling the jumbled path towards the ultimate connected city

Smartphone owners feel connected much of the time, for better or worse. But shouldn’t that be the goal for physical movement as well, to be literally that connected — with a transportation system that could take one anywhere at any time? That’s a big ask. But what’s exciting is how realistic the vision is for cities that dramatically alter outdated transportation planning.

Overcoming obstacles in mobility on-demand public-private agreements

The recent rise of “mobility on demand” services like Uber and Zipcar has shifted society’s understanding of transportation systems and how they operate. Governments, advocates, and communities are responding by experimenting with their relationships to these services to ensure that on-demand options work with transportation networks to benefit public mobility.

How the media, transit agencies, and planners should be talking about BRT

...as a transportation planner who has worked on bus rapid transit-style systems in the greater Washington region, I’ve noticed a disconnect in the public’s expectations versus the reality of the systems they’re getting. It got me wondering: do people have an accurate picture of what BRT means or the benefits the systems provide? During public-planning sessions, I’ve heard a lot of feedback on BRT. The gist is, “That’s really nice that the bus is a different color and the station platform is fancy, but I just want it to be on time.”

[Video] What is TDM? Shaping a new era of transportation options

Mobility Lab spoke with industry leaders about transportation demand management, or TDM, and why it's key to a successful transit system. By providing access to more efficient modes of transportation, agencies can limit the disruption caused by closures or events.

[Video] Filling up seats in cars: The future of driving

Mobility Lab spoke with a number of transportation experts and companies about where they see ridesharing going as these trends continue, and as autonomous vehicles enter roadways. This news-documentary video should capture the mind of anyone enthralled by the sharing economy, technology, mobility, and/or America’s on-demand culture. Published on Mar 22, 2016

[Video] Energizing People to Reimagine Our Cities

Mobility Lab interviewed some of the biggest thinkers in transportation and urbanism at TransportationCamp 2015 to discuss how big trends take hold, and how people and leaders can make big things happen. Go to mobilitylab.org for more info and to take action. Published on Mar 10, 2015

[Video] Energizing People About the Future of Public Transportation

Mobility Lab interviewed some of the biggest thinkers in transportation and urbanism at TransportationCamp 2015 to discuss which exciting trends need to happen and which ones are likely to happen this year and beyond. Go to mobilitylab.org for more info and to take action. Published on Mar 11, 2015

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