Urban Mobility

Nat Parker comments on smart transportation, smart mobility options on the rise, NYC goes electric, and your commute may cost more than you thin

Welcome to Move Forward’s weekly news wrap-up, featuring the mobility stories you don’t want to miss. Today, we are sharing a Q&A with moovel CEO Nat Parker emphasizing the role cities will play in smart transportation. Other news includes electronic fare payments for New York City’s metro system, an international pledge to cut public transit emissions, and research that suggests your commute may be costing more than you think.


Nat Parker comments on smart transportation:

Smart Cities Dive published a Q&A with moovel CEO Nat Parker, focusing primarily on the future of mobility in the smart cities space. Nat specifically highlights the role public transportation will play in connected mobility saying, “I think cities themselves, their public transit networks and their partners and alternative ride providers, are in a very good position to offer people efficient mobility options. Cities play the regulatory role, they can enable private partnerships and they will also provide much of the physical infrastructure for vehicles to pull up to a curbside.”

Smart Cities Dive: “Q&A: The roles cities can play in developing smart mobility” by Cody Boteler, October 23, 2017




Smart mobility options on the rise:

Additional commentary from Nat Parker is featured in an article focusing on Cincinnati’s efforts to establish smart mobility options in the city. “’The role of cities themselves will be absolutely paramount to this concept of urban mobility,’ Parker said. ‘The day-to-day commute is specific enough to each city in which someone lives that we need relevant local solutions.’”

Smart Cities Dive: “Cincinnati announces RFP for mobile-friendly transit data tool” by Kristin Musulin, October 26, 2017.


LA turns to micro transit:

This week, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority will start to accept proposals for the development of a “Micro Transit” system within the city, attempting to lure commuters out of using their vehicles on an everyday basis.

Forbes: “Think Small: Uber, Lyft, Ford’s Chariot Get Chance At Big Role In LA ‘MicroTransit’
” by Alan Ohnsman, October 23, 2017.


Mobility opens access for jobs:

New research out of the University of Southern California found that streamlining the way people get to and from transit stations is critical in speeding up commutes. The researchers further discovered that ‘last-mile” mobility options can open access to job opportunities, as driving or biking to a transit station more than doubled the number of jobs that could be reached in a 30-minute commute.

The Drive: “American Commuters Fail Miserably at Last-Mile Mobility” by Eric Adams, October 23, 2017.




NYC goes electric:

A new $573 million contract will bring electronic fare payments to New York City subways in the near future. According to organizers, electronic readers will be installed in 500 subway turnstiles and on 600 buses in the next year, with full implementation planned by late 2020.

The New York Times: “New York to Replace MetroCard With Modern Way to Pay Transit Fares” by James Barron, October 23, 2017.


12 cities pledge to cut transit emissions:

Twelve cities across the globe have signed the Fossil-Fuel Free Streets Declaration, a pledge to cut transportation-related pollution. In order to transition to clean transit, participating cities are committing to collaborate with vehicle suppliers, actively promote walking and cycling, and publicly report progress every two years. The goal of the pledge is to ensure “a major area of [the] city is zero emission by 2030.”

Smart Cities Dive: “12 major cities sign declaration to promote clean transit” by Kristin Musulin, October 23, 2017.


The World’s response to AVs:

A new interactive map from Bloomberg Philanthropies provides a comprehensive look at how 53 cities worldwide are responding to AV technology. A representative from the company’s Government Innovation program said in a statement, “cities are stronger when they learn and act together, and this map provides cities with information critical to their own success through this transition.”

Next City: “How 53 Cities Are Preparing for Autonomous Vehicles” by Rachel Dovey, October 23, 2017.




Your commute is costing more than you think:

A recent study found that adding 20 minutes onto a day’s commute can result in a drop of job satisfaction levels which would be equivalent to taking a 19% pay cut. Researchers argue that this information is incredibly valuable because the majority of commutes are getting longer, not shorter.

Inverse: “A New Study Reveals Just How Much Your Daily Commute is Costing You” by Grace Lisa Scott, October 24, 2017.


Transit access benefits business:

In a new blog post from the London School of Economics, Kevin Credit, PhD, explains how businesses are positively impacted by new light rail transit systems. In his research, Credit found that areas within one mile of public transit stations have nearly 30% more retail businesses, 40% more services, and almost 90% more knowledge firms per block compared to areas that are more reliant on cars.

London School of Economics: “Why public transit can be good for business, even in the auto-oriented Sunbelt” by Kevin Credit, October 24, 2017.


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