Urban delivery trucks manufactured by Ford and DHL in Germany

By Steve Hanley, 17 Aug 2017 This article about electric trucks was first published on Gas2. Is Ford of Europe really part of the Ford Motor Company? The two seem to be worlds apart when it comes to embracing electric vehicles. Until recently, CEO Mark Fields was telling anyone who would listen that nobody wants to buy electric cars. Fields has been sent …

Highway congestion, America’s Soviet bread line problem, needs a price

By Stephen Crim, Mobility Lab – April 7, 2016  How are America’s roadways like Soviet bread lines? Both are crowded and time-consuming because individuals aren’t paying the right value for the things they want. Congestion pricing offers a solution. In the middle of the 20th century, on both sides of the Iron Curtain, people saw healthy doses of propaganda about the material benefits that …

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 …

Envisioning a Zero-Carbon Transportation System: A New Transportation Toolbox of Strategies from Tony Dutzik and The Frontier Group

In May 2016, Tony Dutzik and the Frontier Group published A New Way Forward, which explored a series of pathways by which American cities might eliminate greenhouse gas emissions from urban light-duty vehicles by mid-century.12 The pathways incorporated unique mixes of new and old ideas, tailored for the needs of specific types of urban areas, showing that every type of city …

New strategies for transportation: Data as a Service, Mobility/Transportation as a Service, and Infrastructure as a Service

New digital technology offers new opportunities for smart and emission-free mobility that saves energy, emissions, space, time and money. Creating more efficient flow of people and goods emission-free in city and what business models and policy tools we need for large-scale deployment of intelligent mobility? The DOT must position itself as a platform for mobility innovation that supports greater mode options …

HOV lanes can make a big difference in many places (DC, NY, NJ, Hawaii) and less in others, depending on incomes and education, gas prices, etc.

Roxana J. Javid (corresponding author) Department of Civil, Environmental and Construction Engineering, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX 79409, USA, roxana.javid@ttu.edu The Environmental Impacts of Carpooling in the United States Policies to reduce GHG emissions from road transportation encompass a wide range of strategies (1–3). Common examples of the policies include high efficiency vehicles (4), travel demand management (flexible hours, teleworking) (3), …

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 …

McKinsey on the transport transition – even low density cities will benefit from $2-3,000 per resident by making the shift

McKinsey.com, June 2017 Autonomous vehicles, electric powertrains, vehicle sharing, and other advances are transforming urban mobility. Planning ahead can help cities capture the benefits of the shift, from cleaner air to easier journeys. The way that  people get around cities is changing dramatically. Technological advances and new transportation services are making it possible for city dwellers to cross town ever more …

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 …