Welcome to Move Forward’s weekly news wrap-up, featuring the mobility stories you don’t want to miss. Today we’re highlighting moovel’s work with urban mobility in Germany, why P3s are so important to the future of smart mobility, how cities can rethink curb space for new mobility options, Los Angeles preparing for “life after cars,” and more.
moovel boosts mobility in Germany:
The Star explores Germany’s sophisticated route planning apps that integrate trains, buses, car, and bike-sharing services, sharing the country’s top four apps to move around. moovel is included in the article, specifically highlighted as an app that “helps users locate car- and bike-sharing services, as well as taxis and train connections.”
The Star: “Four mobility apps that will help you find your way in Germany” by Staff, November 28, 2017.
P3s for smart mobility:
moovel’s Derek Fretheim discusses ways to improve community mobility in smart cities through public-private partnerships in American City & County. Derek explains that “today, cities are seeking public-private partnerships as a way to expedite and acquire the needed technology tools and support required to achieve their smart city initiatives.”
American City & County:”How to improve community mobility in a smart city through public-private partnerships” by Derek Fretheim, November 28, 2017.
NYC looks to real estate to fix transit:
Two NYU professors have outlined a plan using commercial real estate to fix New York City’s transportation problems. The proposed solution is called a “transit maintenance district,” a part of the city where building owners benefit tremendously from public transit, and should therefore contribute to the cost of subway maintenance.
Curbed New York: “Could a Manhattan ‘transit maintenance district’ fund subway repairs?” by Ameena Walker, November 20, 2017.
Rethinking the curb:
Greg Rogers, a reporter for the ENO Center of Transportation, discusses with Wired how new mobility options are prompting cities to rethink how their roads are designed from curb to curb. To best integrate these services, Rogers proposes the use of “shared use mobility zones,” which will allow cities to reserve curbside space for specific functions throughout the day, like microtransit services, ride-sharing, and deliveries.
Wired: “To See The Future of Cities, Watch The Curb. Yes, The Curb.” by Aarian Marshall, November 22, 2017.
AVs to impact more than just transit:
Charlene Rohr, Senior Research Leader at RAND Europe, explains how autonomous vehicles can have a positive impact on the world in a blog post for HuffPost. Rohr argues that AVs have the potential to reduce road injuries and fatalities, provide accessibility for the elderly and disabled, free up urban space, and decrease pollution.
HuffPost: “Driverless Cars: The Race Is On For Policy To Catch Up” by Charlene Rohr, November 26, 2017.
America’s most important highway:
The Wall Street Journal shares an interactive graphic on Route 95, or “America’s Most Important Highway.” The graphic explores the many issues along the longest and busiest highway in the country, including traffic, road quality, car accidents, and bottlenecking.
The Wall Street Journal: “How America’s Most Important Highway Fails” by Shane Shifflett and Youjin Shin, November 28 2017.
Crowd-sourced routes benefit all:
Government Technology reports that privately owned bus services are positioning themselves as serious competitors to public transportation. These services– which offer crowd-sourced routes, app-based hailing, and shorter rides– provide options for commuters that have limited or no access to public transit.
Government Technology: “Building a Better Bus: Can Crowd-Sourcing Bus Routes Solve Bay Area Commuters’ Woes?” by Erin Baldassari, November 28, 2017.
LA sets sights on transportation innovation:
At LA CoMotion, a five-day conference and expo devoted to the future of urban mobility in Los Angeles, the city’s mayor, Eric Garcetti, said “my goal—and the goal of this city—[is] to be the transportation technology capital of the world.” This declaration comes as one of America’s most car centric cities begins to prepare for “life after cars.”
CityLab: “Los Angeles Is Ready for the Next Mobility Revolution” by Julia Wick, November 29, 2017.