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Americans' commutes keep getting longer, according to survey data

U.S. commuters spent an extra 2.5 hours in transit last year, even though the average daily commute increased only about 18 seconds per trip, according to data from the Census Bureau's newly released 2017 American Community Survey.<p>The survey data show that the average commute crept up to 26.9 …

Commuting

Uber’s Bundles

With Uber, nothing is easy.<p>Start with profitability, or the lack thereof: two weeks ago the company reported its quarterly “earnings”,1 and once …

UberEATS

“Move fast and break things” is broken

The regulators have had their revenge in San Francisco.<p>On Aug. 30, the city selected home-grown startups Scoot and Skip to operate rentals of 625 stand-up electric scooters each, beginning in October. A dozen companies had competed for up to five permits in the yearlong scooter pilot program, …

San Francisco

How on-demand transportation could make public transit more efficient

Conventional bus and train transit excels at moving large volumes of passengers along busy corridors, but struggles to provide cost-effective service …

Transportation

Moovit opens up their API to stream data on public transportation

Transportation app startup Moovit announced today that they are launching a new toolkit for developers that will allow businesses to integrate the …

Visualizing the Hidden ‘Logic’ of Cities

Some cities’ roads follow regimented grids. Others twist and turn. See it all on one chart.<p>In Chicago or Beijing, any given street is likely to take you north, south, east, or west. But good luck following the compass in Rome or Boston, where streets grew up organically and seemingly twist and and …

Studies are increasingly clear: Uber, Lyft congest cities

BOSTON (AP) — One promise of ride-hailing companies like Uber and Lyft was fewer cars clogging city streets. But studies suggest the opposite: that …

U.S. Regulators Eye Policy for Autonomous Trucks, Buses

Federal regulators are taking the first step toward creating a policy guiding the development of autonomous transportation beyond self-driving cars …

Transportation Department teams up with Waze on new safety initiative

The Department of Transportation (DOT) is teaming up with the popular navigation app Waze on a new initiative designed to make the nation’s roads …

USDOT

After Harvey, Houston has a new plan for its downtown

The new blueprint includes a new 5-mile park encircling the city center.<p>A proposed new downtown masterplan for Houston unveiled Friday includes new walkability guidelines, smart city technology, and a slate of transportation and parkway improvements aimed at rapidly expanding the city’s core.<p>Plan …

Smart Cities

Public–private collaborations for transforming urban mobility

Partnerships that let cities take advantage of new mobility services should make urban transportation more accessible, affordable, and</b> …

Rethinking urban mobility

Our cities are expanding at an accelerating pace. Current projections indicate that more than six billion people will live in large cities by the …

Uber and Lyft usage leads to more trips and travel in major cities, says study

“As these services grow, vehicle miles traveled will grow, even if vehicle ownership declines”<p>Ride-hailing services such as Uber and Lyft have quickly gone from startups to billion-dollar companies and everyday parts of the urban transportation ecosystem, altering how we get around.<p>A new study, …

13 cities that are starting to ban cars

While this goal may seem ambitious, Madrid seems to have been inching away from car dependency over the past decade. In 2005, the city set up its first pedestrian-only zone in the dense neighborhood of Las Letras.<p>Madrid is not the only city getting ready to take the car-free plunge. Urban planners …

Bike Lanes

Lyft secures partnership with Amtrak for ‘door-to-door’ service

The battle of ride-share services rages on.<p>With Uber’s months-long negative publicity amid internal controversy and Lyft’s ongoing initiatives to …

The electric trams shuttling car parts and groceries around European cities

French and German cities using trams to move products show how to cut congestion while making a profit from the network<p>Having achieved ubiquity in almost every urban centre in Britain by the end of Victorian age, the electric tram was killed off by the rise of the automobile in the middle decades …

China

Berlin's approach to improving how people get around is less confrontational than Uber's

But they've also come under fire from the region's traditional taxi service providers for skirting established industry regulations.<p>Uber-style disruption isn't the only way to harness the power of digital to improve transportation, however.<p>Some recent efforts offer a less confrontational approach …

Startup unveils new open-source electric and self-driving car platform

Earlier this year, OSVehicle, an Italia and Silicon Valley-based company backed by YCombinator, unveiled an interesting new $12,000 open-source hardware platform to develop electric vehicles.<p>The idea is that the automotive industry has always been capital-intensive and that an open platform could …

Hoyt Model (Sector Model) of Urban Land Use 1939 by Homer Hoyt

Hoyt model/Sector model of Urban Land Use (1939) by Homer Hoyt<p>Urban areas have always been an area of research and caught the attention of scholars …

Urbanism

Burgess model or concentric zone model | Urban Development Model

Burgess model or concentric zone model – urban land use model<p>Ernest Burgess gave a model to define how different social groups are located in a …

High-speed rail between Toronto and London by 2025, premier says

A high-speed rail corridor in southern Ontario is "exactly what our economy needs," Premier Kathleen Wynne says.<p>Wynne officially announced plans for …

National spotlight: what smart cities can learn from Minneapolis, capital of "the North"

City leaders believe that Minneapolis should be the first non-coastal city that knowledge workers and business leaders think of after Chicago. Here's …

Lessons from Overseas Cycling Infrastructure

Civil engineering professor Glen Koorey from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand has spent the last three-months touring North American and …

The Most Important Population Statistic That Hardly Ever Gets Talked About

Do you know your city's "commuter-adjusted population"?<p>About 1.5 million people live in Manhattan, an imposing number that's larger than the entire populations of Phoenix, Dallas and San Francisco. More impressive, though, is what happens on the island by day: So many commuters come in (and so few …

Prepare to Waste Your Day With This Fascinating City Comparison Tool

Metros across the world don't speak the same language. But maps can.<p>The power of data to visually explain cities is magnified when you put a pair of maps side-by-side. Cities across the world don't speak the same language. But comparative maps, like the ones above, can. This is the premise behind a …

How Walkability Shapes Political Activism

Social movement organizations are strongly correlated to key elements of cities.<p>"The place where a great city stands is not the place of stretch’d wharves, docks, manufactures, deposits of produce merely," Walt Whitman wrote in <i>Leaves of Grass</i>. The great city, he continued, is found where "the …

People are happier when they live near public transit

<b>(Amy Johansson/Shutterstock)</b><p>A study makes the connection between life satisfaction and transportation<p>Lindsay Abrams<p>September 12, 2013 6:22pm (UTC)<p>Arrive at your subway station just as crowds of people exit -- a sure sign that you've missed your train -- wait around in the crippling heat, then …

These Cities Are Replacing The Worst Kind Of Infrastructure With The Best

R.I.P. parking lots.<p>In car-dependent Dallas, parking lots are ubiquitous downtown. But one lot will soon be de-paved and turned into a park. Nearby, another parking lot is turning into a temporary urban farm before it also becomes a park. Something similar is happening across the U.S. as cities …

A Timeline of the Future of Transportation

Driverless cars are the future of transportation. Scratch that, the future is flying cars. Or maybe we should just go full steampunk and embrace …

Germany Passes Autonomous Driving Law

Volkswagen debuted the Sedric self-driving concept car in March (via Volkswagen)<p>Germany last week approved new guidelines for autonomous …