Mobility News Digest

Stories We're Reading

  • Making Public Transit Fairer to Women Demands Way More Data | Flavie Halais, Wired
    “Most transit systems aren’t designed for women, who tend to run errands and care for children. But cities can’t fix a problem they don’t understand.”
  • Orlando, the nation’s deadliest city for pedestrians, has a plan for safer streets | Patrick Sisson, Curbed
    “At ground zero of the pedestrian safety crisis, a mayor’s traffic reform goals are put to the test.”
  • 2020 Mobility Trends | Passport News
    “As innovation accelerates, technology enhancements for various parts of the mobility ecosystem, including parking, payments, and enforcement, are coexisting but not necessarily cooperating. Each maintains a data silo that makes it very difficult for the city to view their mobility environment holistically and even more difficult to add new capabilities or adapt to new challenges.”
  • Driverless shuttle pilot helloing to shape future of autonomous transportation | Justin P. Hicks, Michigan Live
    “As the program continues, the tech company will accrue more data to better understand what challenges to autonomous transportation can arise downtown. Malek didn’t have data to share on how often fleet attendants take over the vehicle, and said the organization wants to be careful not to incentivize autonomy over safety or rider experience.”
  • Ridership soars with Salt Lake City’s new transit network helping to combat inversions | Jennifer Weaver, KUTV News
    “Since the Frequent Transit Network launched 5 months ago, weekday ridership on the 9 route has almost doubled compared to August 2018, Utah Transit Authority reported. Saturday ridership has nearly quadrupled on the 2 route and Sunday ridership has increased on the 21.”
  • (Future) commuters shuttle in company | Pascal Thiel, Daimler
    “In Germany, 60 percent of the employees commute to their jobs on a daily basis, spending an average of 44 minutes a day on the road. That adds up to seven full days per year. And this trend is rising. Individual mobility plays a huge role in this process. About two thirds of the commuters use their own cars, which are generally powered by a conventional drive system. More and more companies are considering how they can make their employees’ way to work less congested and more environmentally friendly. At Daimler as well, employees from various units are developing new corporate mobility solutions.”
  • Ride Health and Uber Health Partner to Simplify Patients’ Path to Medical Appointments | Aithority
    “An estimated 3.6 million Americans miss or delay medical care each year because of transportation issues, according to the National Academy of Sciences. Some studies peg the cost of missed doctor’s appointments at over $150 billion annually. Especially vulnerable to transportation barriers are the elderly, disabled, and low-income populations, who are more likely to live alone and be socially isolated, without a car, or in areas poorly served by public transit.”
  • ISDS Researchers Identify Public Transportation as Key to the Region’s Upward Trajectory | Kieth Morelli, Muma College of Business
    “Specifically, an increased availability of transit would close the income equality gap, reduce the poverty rate and improve economic mobility, Shivendu Shivendu, a professor with the Muma College of Business, told the nearly 500 business leaders, government officials and policy makers attending the event that was sponsored by the Tampa Bay Partnership, the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay and the United Way Suncoast.”
  • City Planning, Transportation, and Infrastructure | Inside Big Data
    “With a continuously rising urban population, infrastructure planning becomes even more vital to the health and happiness of all people. Of course, exercise, proper sleep, and socialization are keys to a happier life, but infrastructure plays a major role as well. Researchers have even found strong links between poor infrastructure and a reduced quality of life. Thoughtful city planning and investments in stable infrastructure are also integral to alleviating poverty while also creating jobs.”
  • Paradox Prize Aims to Fix the Carless Commute | Ken Schneck, Cleveland Magazine
    “For the average Northeast Ohio resident, the number of jobs close to where they live declined by 22% from 2000 to 2012, while the number of nearby jobs for those living in high-poverty neighborhoods in Northeast Ohio declined by 31%. With farther to go to get to a job, people need to have a reliable, flexible means of transportation such as a car, but that’s something not available to the entire workforce. “
  • MA: Worcester City Councils signals support for fare-free bus service | Steven H. Foskett Jr., Telegram & Gazette
    “Councilors supported an order from at-large City Councilor Gary Rosen to request that public hearings on the idea be held through the city through the council’s Public Service and Transportation Committee. Residents and local transit advocates at the meeting said moving to a fare-free system would help address a host of issues, including accessibility, equity, environmental justice, and traffic congestion.”
  • Personalized MaaS app using in incentivized mobility projects | Adam Frost, Traffic Technology Today
    “Last year, the Texas Department of Transportation’s Houston District (TxDOT HOU) received an Advanced Transportation and Congestion Management Technologies Deployment (ATCMTD) grant from the US Department of Transportation to deploy an innovative solution that optimises available capacity while managing the region’s travel demand growth, shifts, and spikes associated with scheduled and unscheduled events impacting the region’s transportation networks.”
  • AL: Ridership increasing on Birmingham’s on-demand transit service | Anna Beahm, Mass Transit
    “Officials say ridership on Birmingham’s on-demand ridesharing service is growing and residents are anxious to see the service expand. The service, Birmingham On-Demand, is different from traditional fixed-route transit, which uses large buses and moves a large group of riders. The service is on-demand, meaning riders don’t have to wait for the bus or follow a bus schedule.”
  • Columbus, Ohio is Piloting A Mobile App That Helps People With Cognitive Disabilities Use Public Transit | Sarah Kim, Forbes
    “MAPCD organized a year-long trial run of the app with 25 individuals with cognitive disabilities and their caregivers. The trial run will conclude a year later, and then the app will soon after become available for anyone in need.”
  • ‘It is not OK for 699 people to die’: Texas Bristles at federal highway death ‘goal’ | Dug Begley, Houston Chronicle
    “As state and local agencies take steps to reduce roadway deaths in the Houston area, officials are bristling at a federally-required assessment that sets a goal of no more than 728 deaths around the region this year — up from a goal of 699 in 2019.”
  • Bicycle Commuters Experience Joy But Motorists Would Much Rather TeleportCarlton Reid, Forbes
    “Cyclists and pedestrians enjoy their commutes, motorists and transit riders do not, it seems.”
  • 4 Questions to Ask Before Investing in MicrotransitDillon Twombly, Metro Magazine
    “The growing interest in microtransit, however, has transportation leaders blending the best of both worlds by leveraging technology to build the public transportation of tomorrow.”
  • How Different Generations Spend MoneyStephanie Horan, Smart Assets
    “[As] a percentage of annual spending, transportation spending decreases with older age groups – from 17.8% for millennials to 15.9% for baby boomers”
  • Should Public Transit be Free? More Cities Say, Why NotEllen Barry, New York Times
    “Since a pilot program began in September, use of the buses has grown by 24 percent, and the only criticism Ms. Ramos has of the Massachusetts city’s experiment with fare-free transit is that it is not permanent.”
  • Lewis-Clark Valley Report Highlights Economic Stress, Inaffordability of Health Care | Arielle Dreher, The Spokesman-Review
    “Families one catastrophe away from choosing between medication and rent. Transportation options severed, cutting off access to health care. Children’s dental care only accessible more than 50 miles away. These are all snapshots detailed in the Innovia Foundation’s new community needs and opportunity assessment for the Lewis-Clark Valley Healthcare Foundation.”
  • For Mobility as a Service to Succeed, Consider it More as a Policy than an App | Ethan Goffman, Mobility Lab
    “Mobility as a Service (MaaS) holds a lot of promise as a way to reduce the number of single occupancy vehicles on the road as well as address equity concerns.”
  • Cutting Medicaid Non-Emergency Medical Transportation Will Harm Community-Level Public Transportation | Michael Adelberg, Scott Bogren, Alexandra King; Health Affairs
    “Cuts to Medicaid NEMT would therefore undermine entire communities’—not just Medicaid beneficiaries’—access to transportation. This is particularly true in rural states where local transportation agencies have fewer funding streams and serve less affluent communities.”
  • Hospitals, Nonprofits Tackle Social Determinants of Health With Digital Network of Providers | Jenna Carlesso, The CT Mirror
    “Doctors have long acknowledged that social factors – transportation, housing, access to wholesome food and dietary information, personal safety, and employment – influence people’s health outcomes. But addressing those issues can be complicated.”
  • Sutter Heath to Offer Patients, Staffers Transportation Through Lyft | Paige Minemyer, Fierce Health
    “The partnership would offer, for example, a rural clinic the option to assist patients with rides to and from appointments or cover transport to and from public transit to help workers avoid parking fees in urban areas, the two companies announced Monday.”
  • Citrus County Transit Expands No Charge Services to VA Facilities | Spectrum News
    “The county’s large veteran population has historically depended on transit services to the VA hospital in Gainesville and to The Villages VA Outpatient Clinic. Transit Services is now adding transport to the VA hospital in Tampa.”
  • NC Hosts First Successful Demonstration of Autonomous Air Taxi | Sandhills Sentinel 
    “The autonomous aerial vehicle is designed to function as a taxi service delivering people on pre-programmed routes. The aircraft has been flown in other parts of the world, but it has never been demonstrated for the public in North America.”
  • Lime is the Latest e-Scooter Operator to Downsize | Meghan McCarty Carino | Marketplace
    “Lime, the largest scooter sharing company in the world, is pulling out of 12 cities worldwide, including Atlanta, Phoenix, San Diego and San Antonio in the U.S. The company is also laying off about a hundred employees, or 14% of its workforce.”
  • Reduce Health Costs by Nurturing the Sickest? A Much-Touted Idea Disappoints | Dan Gorenstein, Leslie Walker; NPR
    “Improving health and lowering costs for the sickest and most expensive patients in America is a dream harder to realize than many health care leaders had hoped, according to a study published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine.”

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