Urban Mobility

Top mobility stories of the year

Welcome to Move Forward’s weekly news wrap-up, featuring the mobility stories you don’t want to miss. This week we’re sharing moovel’s place in Auto Finance News’ most read mobility stories of 2017, why New York City has the most expensive subway projects in the world, the importance of transportation for improved urban mobility systems, and 2018’s smart city trends.


Top mobility stories of the year:

Auto Finance News shares the most read mobility stories of 2017, listing “moovel’s Accelerator Seeks Mobility Aggregator Startups” as number eight. Earlier this year, moovel’s Sam Marshall spoke with Auto Finance News’ Emma Sandler about MobilityX and the startup accelerator’s plans for the future in mobility.

Auto Finance News: “AI in Auto Finance Overtakes List of 2017’s Most-Read Mobility Stories” by Emma Sandler, December 28, 2017.




Ride-hailing replaces taxis in Singapore:

TODAY explores how mobility-as-a-service options will affect Singapore’s taxi industry in 2018. As ride-hailing services take a commanding lead in the country, transit experts are wary of monopolies, saying, “Once a company establishes a dominant market position, it is likely that they will seek to use that position to generate profits. In such a case, only the threat of market entry, or the threat of regulation, will restrain them.”

Today: “Looking Ahead to 2018: More disruptions in store for taxi industry” by Alfred Chua, December 27, 2017.


Chicago Climate Charter expands:

Smart Cities Dive report that 10 additional cities have signed the Chicago Climate Charter, bringing the total number to 67 cities from around the globe. The Chicago Climate Charter is intended to guide cities in reducing greenhouse gas emissions while building a more sustainable ecosystem.

Smart Cities Dive: “10 additional cities sign Chicago Climate Charter” by Kristin Musulin, December 28, 2017.


The most expensive subway projects in the world:

The New York Times investigates the issues that are currently creating delays to New York City’s subway expansion projects. Among the disrfcrepancies, exponential costs have slowed construction; with estimates for the Long Island Railroad project amounting to nearly $3.5 billion per mile and around $1.5 billion for the Second Avenue expansion.

The New York Times: “The Most Expensive Mile of Subway Track on Earth” by Brian M. Rosenthal, December 28, 2017.


Transportation for survival:

Wired asked transportation experts from academia, the private sector, and public agencies to create a “survival kit” for cities looking to build improved urban mobility systems for their residents. Answers included incorporating electric, on-demand transportation options, into transit systems, while further fostering working relationships between the public and private sectors.

Wired: “The American City Survival Guide (World of Mobility Edition)” by Aarian Marshall, January 1, 2018.




On-demand transit serves millennials:

Several transit agencies across the country are experimenting with new transportation services that pick riders up directly from their homes, reports Government Technology. Greg Brackin, director of operations for Tampa’s transit program says, “Millennials want transit, but they don’t want a 40-foot bus. They want other options out there, and that’s what we’re trying to do here. We’re trying to do some new initiatives, and new clever ideas to get people around, to where they want to go.”

Government Technology: “Tech Enables Better On-Demand Services for Transit Agencies” by Skip Descant, January 2, 2018.


P3s to repair the nation’s failing infrastructure:

Newsweek dives into the reasons behind the nation’s failing infrastructure, examining the impact of aging roads, bridging, and buildings, along with outdated rails, tunnels, and airports. As the year starts with infrastructure as a top priority on President Trump’s agenda, Ray LaHood, former U.S. Secretary of Transportation, suggests P3s could be the solution to many of these issues. “Our country needs a multi-faceted approach that gets all levels of government and the private sector working together.”

Newsweek: “Can Trump Make His Infrastructure Plan a Bipartisan Reality?” by Ray LaHood, January 3, 2018.


2018 smart city trends:

Smart Cities Dive outlines six trends that will define smart cities in 2018, including equitable innovation, electric vehicle infrastructure expansion, 5G technology, cybersecurity, blockchain, and microtranist.

Smart Cities Dive: “6 trends that will define smart cities in 2018” by Katie Pyzyk, January 3, 2018.


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