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Is Carpooling Ready for a Renaissance?

Patrick Sullivan | August 10, 2015

A great article from Governing takes a deep dive into strategies for encouraging carpooling. The strategies suggested by author Tiffany Dovey Fishman offer a helpful guide for any TMA or municipality looking to really encourage and incentivize carpooling. This got me thinking about the current state of carpooling and the possibility that we are about to see a resurgence in carpooling. Everyone in TDM knows that carpooling can be a very powerful tool to reduce traffic congestion during peak commuting hours. This is particularly true in dense areas where odds are there are high concentrations of commuters who live and work within proximity…
Ridesharing: Then and Now

Patrick Sullivan | September 4, 2014

Uber. Lyft. Sidecar. Ridejoy. Hitch. RidesScout. Carma. These are the ridesharing apps that I can think of off the top of my head. Ridesharing (or Transportation Network) apps have become a hot (and controversial) technology that are helping to drive the explosive growth of the sharing economy. Entrepreneurs on both coasts are looking for innovative new ways to disrupt the traditional ways in which we commute. From UberX, which turns anyone’s car into a taxi, to CarmaHop, a modern take on hitchhiking, new technology is pushing us to rethinking the relationship between a car, a driver, and a passenger. For some commuters, ridesharing…
Will We Ever Have a VMT Tax in Massachusetts?

Patrick Sullivan | July 17, 2014

For as long as we have had roads, we have been trying to figure out the best way to pay for them. Over the years, a per-gallon gasoline tax has been widely adopted on both a state and federal level as the primary method in which revenue is generated to pay for highway construction and maintenance. This system worked relatively well for many decades, but improvements in vehicle fuel efficiency have significantly reduced fuel consumption. A study by the Rand Corporation found that gas consumption has decreased by nearly 50 percent since 1980, yet vehicle miles traveled have doubled, creating conditions where…
Thursday Traffic: What Gives?

Patrick Sullivan | March 31, 2014

When you commute to the same place every day for an extended period of time, you begin to notice and anticipate the ebbs and flows of traffic along the way. I’ve been either biking or driving the same route to my office in Waltham for over 3 years, so I’ve developed an acute feel for when and where to expect traffic during my journey to work. There are some things I’ve noticed that are probably universal to most people who commute in the Greater Boston area. For example, traffic is worse when school is in session between September and June.…
My Bicycling Challenge

Patrick Sullivan | March 19, 2014

As a believer in sustainable transportation and staff member of an organization that supports commuters who cycle, I find myself encouraging people to ride bicycles on almost a daily basis. This is easy for me because I consider myself a cyclist. Rarely a day goes by where I’m not extolling the virtues of cycling: the health benefits, the positive impact on traffic and on the environment. If you ask me, everyone should try biking to work… Just don’t ask me how often I bike to work. Do I ride my bike to work every day? No. Do I ride a…