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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…
What’s Up With Bus Bunching?

Patrick Sullivan | June 23, 2015

Ask any regular bus rider what their biggest pet peeve is, and inevitably the first response you will likely here is bus bunching. Why am I forced to wait for a late bus only to have 2 buses on the same route arrive are the same time? Why aren’t they spaced out better? How hard can it be? What is bus bunching? NewScientist explains: Public transport vehicles – underground trains, for example – set off from the start of their routes equally spaced. The problem starts when one is briefly delayed, making more time for passengers to accumulate at stations further…
GPS Watch – 1920’s Style

Patrick Sullivan | June 5, 2014

GPS technology can be found virtually everywhere – our smart phones, our cars, our eyeglasses, and even in our watches. Over the last couple years smart watches have become more ubiquitous and increasingly more powerful. Hikers and runners have been using GPS equipped watches for over a decade, and now more dynamic watches have to ability to track users sleep patterns, stress levels, and combined with smartphone apps can act like small computers strapped to your wrist. Dick Tracywas really on to something. Let's get back to the idea of using a watch as a navigation tool.  The idea of a watch providing…
The Problem with Fare Payment

Patrick Sullivan | May 14, 2014

Over the past several months, The Atlantic Cities has released a series of featured articles exploring the future of transportation in America. The series has touched upon an exhaustive variety of innovations that have the ability to dramatically change the ways in which we commute, and has provided fresh commentary on topics such as ride sharing, urban design and transportation infrastructure. In short, “The Future of Transportation” Series has become required reading for transportation wonks like myself. A recent article in the series from Susan Shaheen and Matt Christensen explores the impact that open data and smart phones will have…