Uber wants to compete with public transit. These experts are horrified
CNN Business – Uber took down the taxi industry and now it wants a piece of public transit. That has transportation and urban planning experts deeply worried.
For years, as it aggressively entered new markets, Uber has maintained that it is a complement and ally of public transit. But that messaging changed earlier this month, when Uber released its S-1 ahead of its upcoming initial public offering.
In the regulatory filing, Uber said its growth depends on better competing with public transportation, which it identifies as a $1 trillion market it can grab a share of over the long-term.
Uber, which lost $1.8 billion in 2018, said it offers incentives to drivers to scale up its network to attract riders away from personal vehicles and public transportation.
University of Washington researchers want to help Uber and Lyft protect data and share it with cities
GeekWire – Cities where Uber and Lyft operate have a data problem. The University of Washington wants to provide the solution.
Commuting from the Edge: Bike, Bus, Bypassed
AIA Dallas – From Garland to Irving: One Commuter’s Experience using the DART system.
Built Environment Impact on Public Health
BlueZones – The Built Environment is the human-made surroundings and layout in which we live, including buildings, parks, streets, bridges, and neighborhoods. Research has shown that the way neighborhoods and communities are created can have positive or negative effects on the physical and mental health of residents.
Health is influenced as much by design of cities as it is by diet or medical care. Well-designed places engage, reduce stress, enhance learning, and allow those who become ill to heal faster and better. The relationship between health and built environments is not new. Many health challenges are directly related to transportation choices, land use patterns, infrastructure and accessibility. Improving built environments is an important part of the solution to today’s public health crisis.
Transit Increases On-Demand Options for Wheelchair Users
Metro-Magazine – While transit agencies are now offering more on-demand transportation options to their paratransit customers, they are now looking for ways to also provide those same options to those who rely on wheelchairs or have other special needs.
To provide greater mobility options for this market that vitally needs it, transit agencies are exploring new avenues through partnerships that not only increase options for all of their paratransit customers but also shave dollars off of their bottom line.
Dock-less Bikeshare Programs in Dire Need of Formal Oversight and Safety Assurances, Researchers Say
C-TEDD – Cities are in the midst of a mobility revolution, led in part by a boom in app-based, dock-less bike share platforms that allow residents and tourists alike to rent and ride a bicycle in virtually any location in the city and end their ride wherever they choose. Dock-less bike share programs are active in nearly every large city in the U.S., and have grown tremendously in scale and format over the past two years. Nevertheless, many city governments have no written ordinance to regulate these programs and their impacts on riders. This represents a critical error on the part of city officials, according to a research team at the Center for Transportation Equity, Decisions, and Dollars, a University Transportation Center housed at the University of Texas at Arlington.
Uber’s a public company, Now What?
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FlashParking sees the future of garages as‘urban mobility hubs’
Smart Cities Dive – The company said there are multiple uses for existing structures from staging ride-hailing vehicles to recharging dockless scooters. Read More
Freeways Without Futures 2019
Congress for the New Urbanism – Communities across North America are facing a watershed moment in the history of our transportation infrastructures. With cities, citizens, and transportation officials all looking for alternatives to costly highway repair and expansion, these ten campaigns offer a roadmap to better health, equity, opportunity, and connectivity in every neighborhood, while reversing decades of decline and disinvestment. Read More
Core Values: Why American Companies are Moving Downtown
Smart Growth America – Hundreds of companies across the United States are moving to and investing in walkable downtown locations. As job migration shifts towards cities and as commercial real estate values climb in these places, a vanguard of American companies are building and expanding in walkable downtown neighborhoods. Why are companies choosing these places? What are the competitive advantages they see in these locations? And what features do they look for when choosing a new location? Read More
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