“Mobility as a Service” boosters say that technology can nudge drivers to adopt transit and micromobility. But big mode shifts will take more than a cool app.
Why did Lyft block users of a third-party app from accessing New York’s Citi Bike? It’s the start of what could be a fundamental showdown over mobility choice.
Electric scooters draw a lot of hate, but if supported well by cities, they have the potential to provide a widespread and beneficial mode of transportation.
Fear of Missing Out does not make good transportation policy. Sometimes a new bus shelter is a better investment than flashy new technology.
If the California legislature passes AB 1112, cities can’t require companies like Bird, Lime, and Jump to limit numbers, meet equity goals, or fully share data.
Why doesn’t the United States have a national system for transit payment? In some countries, a single travel card works to ride any train, bus, subway or tram.
Evidence of discrimination in enforcement drove D.C.’s City Council to decriminalize transit fare evasion. But cities should consider abolishing fares entirely.
Uber’s new points program gives users an incentive to choose solo rides.
For transport to truly enhance quality of life in a city, one regional agency should have jurisdiction over everything transportation-related in a metro area.
The transport app Whim is oft-cited as a model for the future of urban mobility. Two years post-launch, has it changed the way people move around Helsinki?
City leaders will find that cultivating relationships with small homegrown companies is smarter—and cheaper—than trying to lure in an outside behemoth.
Washington D.C. transit officials announced plans to update the payment system for rail and bus with a great new app. But if they don’t go further, this writer says, the speed of transit innovation will soon leave them scrambling.
Venture capitalists went on a Midwest tour recently that was described by The New York Times as a “Rust Belt safari.” Lost in the discussion were the actual Midwestern entrepreneurs.
Policymakers need it; private transportation companies have it. Here’s one way to broker a solution.
Cities are right to pour their energy into home-grown businesses. But they should think twice before becoming those businesses’ first customers or investors.
If you live in a mid-sized city like Akron, the battles over Airbnb and Uber have likely had little impact on your life.
It’s rosy at best to presume that the next 20 years will be as kind to Amazon as the last 20. Local taxpayers shouldn’t bear the risk of the corporation’s financial future.
If ride-hailing companies want to act like public buses, cities will need their numbers to make policy decisions.
While some states are tightening regulations on autonomous vehicles, others are eagerly courting them. What’s the smartest approach?
Most U.S. cities share their transit information freely, which helps trip-planning services and boosts ridership. But most German cities don’t. Should they?