Public Transit

moovel highlighted as a smart city innovator, Daimler responds to Elon Musk, America gets an F in walkability, and public transit’s future role

Welcome to Move Forward’s weekly news wrap-up, featuring the mobility stories you don’t want to miss. This week we are exploring moovel’s role in smart city development, news of Daimler’s investments in electric vehicles, the nation’s failing grade for walkability, questions on public transit’s role with emerging mobility solutions, and more.


moovel lays groundwork for smart cities:

ZDNet features moovel’s Derek Fretheim as he explains how the company is working to make smart cities a reality, with the article specifically highlighting OCTA’s use of FareConnect as a successful smart city initiative. “The real-time nature of predictive and data analysis gives cities the ability to manage demand, thereby meeting community needs faster. While cities all want data, they need the tools to manage these data sets in a meaningful way.”

ZDNet: Smarter Ways to Get Around by Bob Violino, September 28, 2017.


New mobility tool rates accessibility:

A new tool from TransitScreen, called MobilityScore, rates precise locations on a 0 to 100 scale based on proximity to public transit, ride-hailing, ride-sharing, and bike-sharing opportunities. Currently, the tool is able to calculate transit-friendly places in the nation’s top 35 urban areas.

Curbed: Can you get by without a car? New tool will tell you based on your exact location by Barbara Eldridge, September 22, 2017.


The benefits of RTI, explained:

Sean Barbeau, from the Center for Urban Transportation Research at the University of South Florida, explains how  GTFS-realtime v2.0 will help transit agencies to improve the quality and accuracy of their real-time transit information (RTI). The benefits of RTI include shorter wait times, increased ridership, and a higher levels of safety.

Medium: What’s new in GTFS-realtime v2.0 by Sean Barbeau, September 25, 2017.


“Legacy Cities”, bad commutes:

An article in Governing contrasts the difference between “Legacy Cities”–those who developed dense downtowns long before the automobile and have always maintained significant transit ridership– and the rest of the country. According to the author, these six Legacy Cities have some of America’s longest commute times, and fixing them will require the adoption of innovative solutions and technical options.

Governing: The Right Kind of Transit for ‘In-Between’ Cities by Scott Beyer, September 25, 2017


Daimler returns fire:

On Monday, Daimler responded to a Twitter message from Elon Musk that expressed his disappointment in the company’s announcement it was going to invest $1 billion into an Alabama factory to produce electric SUVs. Daimler responded by emphasizing their significant investments in electric vehicle programs and goals for the future.

Fortune: Why Elon Musk Is Getting Trolled by Mercedes Benz’s Parent Company by Kirsten Korosec, September 26, 2017.


America gets an F in walkability:

The National Physical Activity Plan Alliance (NPAP) released a national “report card” of walking and walkability which assigned the U.S. a grade of F. Contributing factors include poor scores on metrics such as funding for walking and cycling projects, public transportation, pedestrian safety, and the frequency with which adults and children walk to work or school.

Fast Company: The U.S. Is Failing At Making Its Communities More Walkable by Ben Schiller, September 26, 2017.


Public transit’s future role:

This week, a talk at the National Press Club on the emergence of “Smart Cities” focused on how or if public transit will have a role in the future of mobility. In particular, the speakers emphasized the impact of emerging autonomous and ridesharing solutions.

The Washington Post: Does the future of transportation include subways like Metro? by Fredrick Kunkle, September 27, 2017.


P3 partnerships and infrastructure woes:

On Tuesday, President Trump told lawmakers that he is abandoning the public-private partnership element of his planned $1 trillion infrastructure package. According to President Trump, the rationale behind this decision is that certain partnerships between the private sector and federal sector simply don’t work.

Governing: Trump Abandons Idea That Private Sector Should Help Fund Infrastructure by Staff, September 27, 2017.


Helsinki’s public transport plan:

Helsinki is leading European efforts to eliminate fossil fuel emissions by mixing tech and urban planning to encourage public transportation use. Anni Sinnemäki, deputy mayor for transportation in Helsinki, said, “our aim is to use more positive measures to mix walking, cycling and public transport to make it more attractive for people to travel that way.” .

USA Today: How one city plans to steer residents away from driving by Dominic Hinde, September 27, 2017.

Please note that this article expresses the opinions of the author and does not reflect the views of Move Forward.