Property owners in Columbus are funding transit passes and avoiding the need to build parking

San Francisco, Boulder, Cambridge, and others have TDM ordinances requiring developers to include transit-oriented amenities in new properties.  Cities all over the country require developers to pay infrastructure impact fees, which often feed transit budgets. And employers often help cover the cost of their employees’ transit passes.  But Columbus’ program will be the first in the country where bus passes are …

This summer LA DOT launched carsharing for low income community

Shared Use Mobility Center, June 2017 In June Los Angeles officials cut the ribbon on a 5-car demonstration site as part of the kick-off for “BlueLA,” a first-of-its-kind pilot program designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by introducing electric carsharing fleets into disadvantaged communities.  BlueLA – which will scale to 100 electric vehicles (EVs) and 200 charge points at 40 …

BYD Lands Contract For 60 Electric Buses With Los Angeles County Metro

By Steve Hanley. 4 Aug 2017  This story about BYD electric buses was first published on Gas2. The City of Los Angeles is serious about its commitment to combating climate change. It is adding hundreds of electric cars to its municipal fleet and making plans that will allow low-income residents to dump their older cars with high emissions for cleaner cars. It is promoting many …

This New Simulator Helps Cities Test A Future Of On-Demand Transit

By Adele Peters Fast Company, 1 Aug 2017 TransLoc is helping cities see if a rethinking of their transit systems can make them more efficient while staying equitable–especially transit for the disabled and seniors. “It can have a significant impact on the quality of life, on economic development, on trying to bring downtowns back.” [Photo: Flickr user Jonathan Riley] If you’re commuting …

Microtransit: Lyft Shuttle is a bus

By Alison Griswold, On Quartz, 13 July 2017 Lyft explains why Shuttle, its most bus-like service, is not, in fact, a bus Welcome to microtransit. (AP Images/Josh Edelson) The new service Lyft is testing in Chicago and San Francisco is unlike anything the company has tried before. It can still be hailed on-demand at the touch of a button and it groups …

The more people use shared modes, the more likely they are to use public transit, own fewer cars and spend less on transportation overall

From the Shared Use Mobility Center While there is no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to creating effective P3s, the speakers drew from their own experiences to offer real-life examples and discuss what it takes to make such arrangements successful, from formulating ideas to structuring contracts and managing procurement. Justin Holmes, Director of Corporate Communications & Public Policy, Zipcar; Dani …

What if we taxed parking to keep housing affordable? A proposal in Atlanta…

By Angie Schmitt on Jul 03, 2017 11:50 am Last week we wrote about a proposal in Atlanta to set aside a fraction of funds from a recent transit ballot measure to keep housing affordable near new lines and stations. Advocates want to ensure that current residents benefit from those transit investments and don’t get forced out by rising rents. …

New buy-the-bus, lease-the-battery financing model enables agencies to purchase electric buses at approximately the same price or less than fossil fuel-based alternatives

By James Ayre, Clean Technica, 24 June 2017 – Utah’s Park City Transit Deploys 6 All-Electric Proterra Buses With Battery Leasing  Utah’s Park City Transit recently deployed 6 all-electric Proterra Catalyst FC+ buses, which will be used to serve transit riders in the ski resort communities in Park City and Summit County, according to recent reports. The electric bus deployment is …

The Transit App (integrated with Uber now) makes transportation easier

By Cynthia Shahan, Clean Technica, 15 June 2017 Transportation systems never stay still. They are practically by definition and ever-evolving part of our society. As you may have noticed, ever-changing and expanding multimodal transportation systems are increasingly relying on apps, or connected to apps. In my recent experience of car-free weeks, I relied on multimodal systems and found it easy …