Welcome to Move Forward’s weekly news wrap-up, featuring the mobility stories you don’t want to miss. Today’s topics include news of moovel’s new CFO, Jeff Mazer, Caltrain’s mobile ticketing app, the most transit-reliant Super Bowl ever played, and why ICT fosters efficient transit.
moovel hires new CFO:
moovel’s recent CFO announcement was included in GeekWire’s Tech Moves column, including background on both moovel and Jeff Mazer’s role at the company.
GeekWire: “Tech Moves: Precision Polling co-founder joins AI2; Axon scoops up Nokia vision team; and more” by Clare McGrane, February 5, 2018.
Caltrain introduces mobile ticketing app:
Metro Magazine covers Caltrain’s announcement of their new mobile ticketing app, saying, “Caltrain Mobile, which was designed by moovel North America LLC, will enhance the overall customer experience for Caltrain riders by making it unnecessary to visit ticketing machines before boarding at stations.”
Metro Magazine: “Caltrain, moovel North America team for mobile fare payment app” by Staff, February 7, 2018.
Leading innovation in mobile apps:
Mass Transit Magazine features moovel CEO Nat Parker in a recent article on innovations in mobile applications for transit. In particular, the article spotlights moovel as a leading tech provider in the industry, examining Fare Connect, the Hop Fastpass mobile application for Android Pay, and moovel’s work with secure encryption to protect users’ data.
MassTransit Magazine: “Innovations in Mobile Applications” by Maile Bucher, February 8, 2018.
The most transit-reliant Super Bowl in history:
According to Smart Cities Dive, Metro Transit leaders in Minneapolis believe that this year’s Super Bowl was the “the most transit-reliant Super Bowl ever played.” In addition to transporting roughly 20,000 fans to the game, the city’s light rail system also provided official security screening for the riders, who did not have to go through additional screening at the stadium.
Smart Cities Dive: “Minneapolis prepares for the ‘most transit-reliant Super Bowl ever played‘” by Katie Pyzyk, February 1, 2018.
ICT fosters efficient transit:
Hannah Bunditz, a professional transport planner, explains how information and communication technologies (ICT) can foster accessible and efficient transportation. Bunditz argues that, “as society moves from the motor age into the digital age, ICT will become ever more important for accessing goods and services and for making connections.”
Mobility Lab: “The digital age provides lots of new measures for transportation planners” by Hannah Budnitz, February 5, 2018.
Will driverless cars impact property value?:
Bloomberg assesses how driverless cars may impact the future of real estate values, especially in large urban centers where property value is deeply connected to access to transportation. The article also mentions moovel Lab’s “What The Street?!” research project, citing the report found that parking lots in New York City cover an area equivalent to two Central Parks.
Bloomberg: “A Driverless Future Threatens the Laws of Real Estate” by Jack Sidders and Jess Shankleman, February 5, 2018.
Congestion pricing, will it work?:
John Short, a professor of public policy at the University of Maryland, discusses the benefits and drawbacks of congestion pricing, in particular looking at the case for implementing this strategy in New York City. “Unlike other taxes that can be easily dismissed as imposing costs and killing jobs, congestion pricing improves market efficiencies because it forces people to think about their travel and leads to a more rational use of our public roads.”
The Conversation: ”Are traffic-clogged US cities ready for congestion pricing?” by John Short, February 7, 2018.
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