City Planning

This Week in the Headlines: July 17th – July 23rd, 2017

Welcome to Move Forward’s weekly news wrap-up, featuring the mobility stories you don’t want to miss. This week’s edition features coverage highlights from TriMet’s Hop FastPass launch and moovel Lab’s What The Street?! Project. We’re also featuring news on public transit woes in New York City, an article on the benefit of micro-transit, thought leadership articles from industry experts, and more.




Fastpass & Nat Parker Featured in KOIN segement:

KOIN Channel 6 featured a segment on the launch of Hop Fastpass, including video footage from Monday’s launch event with TriMet and moovel. moovel is highlighted at 1:45, while moovel CEO Nat Parker describes the importance of keeping riders’ information safe
KOIN: “TriMet’s Hop Fastpass officially launches” by Staff, July 17, 2017.


WTS?! makes waves in national media:

An article in Fast Company dives into moovel Lab’s mobility space report project, What The Street?! The piece gives an in-depth look into the data presented in the project, particularly diving into the issue of wasted space.
Fast Company: “Just See How Much Of A City’s Land Is Used For Parking Spaces” by Adele Peters, July 20, 2017.


MassTransit highlights moovel smart card account management:

MassTransit Magazine features the Hop Fastpass launch news, in particular describing how this technology is the second mobile smart card account management platform in the country, and the first on the West Coast
MassTransit Magazine: “moovel Powers Landmark Mobile Smart Card Account Management Platform” by Staff, July 21, 2017


Autonomous vehicles shake up automotive world:

A new study indicates that automakers face challenging roads ahead as autonomous vehicles begin to control the future of the automotive industry, citing financial backing and competition with technology companies as main issues.
Government Technology: “Study: Autonomous Future Looks Tough For Automakers” by Brent Snavely, July 14, 2017.


Penn Station


Summer of hell begins in NYC:

Construction in New York’s Penn Station has proved to be nightmarish for commuters, with city and statewide delays. These strains on the city’s transit system – which is already operating at maximum capacity – has further proved that public transportation is in need of a reboot.
The Wall Street Journal: “Commuters’ ‘Summer of Hell’ Starts One Week Late” by Paul Berger, Corinne Ramey and, Zolan Kanno-Youngs, July 17, 2017.


Individual based approach for transportation:

Stephen Goldsmith, Professor of Practice at the Harvard Kennedy School and Director of the Innovations in American Government Program, addresses the problems transit agencies have with identifying the needs of the individual. Goldsmith believes that a user-based approach to identifying these issues is critical for transit companies.
Governing: “The Need to Manage Mobility From the Ground Up” by Stephen Goldsmith, July 18, 2017.


Controversial benefits of AVs explained:

Tim Schwanen, Associate Professor and Director of the Transport Studies Unit at University of Oxford, believes that autonomous vehicles may actually create more problems for our transport system than they are predicted to solve. Heathrow states that as many public transit investments tend to favor the middle class, “AV developments risk further increasing transport’s role in enhancing social inequality.”
The Guardian: “Peak car? Driverless technology may actually accelerate car ownership” by Tim Heathrow, July 18, 2017.


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