Transit Labs

Strengthening transportation networks. Pioneering smarter cities. Building stronger economies.

Transit Labs uses real-time transportation analytics to help agencies operate their systems more efficiently, get more funds, and report necessary information to governments. We enable operators, planners, and executive leadership to evaluate historical performance, make real-time decisions, and model future service and economic activity.

csmonitor.com

Amtrak: Just how bad is America’s infrastructure? (+video)

"Using US Department of Transportation figures, the data-analytics company Transit Labs reported last week that nearly all congressional districts (430 of 435) have “structurally deficient” bridges." http://bit.ly/1Fu19Y5 via @ChristianScienceMonitor

csmonitor.com Last week’s Amtrak derailment has brought renewed attention and concern about the nation’s infrastructure, and not just its rail lines. A new report says that nearly all congressional districts (430 of 435) have 'structurally deficient' bridges.

money.cnn.com

How Detroit's buses can make your city better

"Taking public transportation in Detroit can mean a long wait for a rundown bus that doesn't come on time. But that's changing thanks to a partnership between a startup and the Detroit Department of Transportation." Read more here: http://cnnmon.ie/1AgyVxQ via CNNMoney

money.cnn.com The city of Detroit has teamed up with a transit startup to improve its infrastructure. It's just one example of a city partnering with a tech company to further innovation.

usatoday.com

Funding shortfall for roads, bridges particularly vexing for GOP

As the clock on infrastructure funding counts down, USA TODAY explains the challenges facing many Republicans who have pledged to never vote for a tax increase, despite having significant infrastructure needs in their districts, citing on our report on deficient bridges by Congressional District. http://usat.ly/1A6HI5c

usatoday.com WASHINGTON — Two Senate Democrats plan legislation to extend a federal transportation bill by two months, but a crisis is still looming as the Highway Trust Fund approaches insolvency sometime this summer.

chart-it.blogspot.com

chart-it: Capital Bikeshare Series - The Bike

Biking in Washington by the numbers. A look at Capital Bikeshare bit.ly/1INXOT9

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thrillist.com

Your DMV Metro Burger Map Is Here

YUM. Thrillist made a D.C. metro burger map bit.ly/1DTSAyM

thrillist.com Challenge: eat your way through the whole map...

washingtonpost.com

And the Potomac Yard Metro station site will be…

SMART planning - Officials factor in high-density development when selecting Potomac Yard metro station site http://wapo.st/1HVgHEw

We considered similar factors when looking at Detroit's public transit system: http://bit.ly/1PbknRw

washingtonpost.com Staff have made a recommendation that the City Council will vote on next month.

citylab.com

How a Little-Known Congestion Pricing Program Became a Big Success

Gothenburg, Sweden's congestion pricing project, launched in January 2013, has reduced traffic by 12% and encouraged many commuters to switch to public transportation. http://bit.ly/1zRAVXQ

citylab.com Traffic is down 12 percent in Gothenburg, and transit use is on the rise.

blog.transitlabs.com

Structurally Deficient Bridges: Best and Worst Congressional Districts

There are more than 62,000 deficient bridges in the United States. How many of them are in your backyard? See our breakdown of structurally deficient bridges by Congressional District: http://bit.ly/1PXX4Nr

blog.transitlabs.com Last week, we released a report finding that all but five members of the House of Representatives – Rep. Joe Heck (NV-3), Rep. Joaquin Castro (TX-20), Rep. Pete Sessions (TX-32), Rep. Gus M. Bilirakis (FL-12) and Rep. Alan Grayson (FL-9)...

citylab.com

Los Angeles Wants a Transit-Themed World's Fair, and It Might Actually Be a Great Idea

A group of venture capitalists, architects and engineers is looking to bring a transit-focused World's Fair to L.A. in 2022. What do you think of the idea? bit.ly/1H8d91j Los Angeles World's Fair

citylab.com A group is fundraising for a two-year event in 2022. There are obvious problems—and a not-so-obvious benefit.

blog.transitlabs.com

Report: 98% of Congressional Districts have Deficient Bridges

Check out our report on the state of America's bridges. One in nine bridges is structurally deficient and 430 Congressional districts have at least one deficient bridge. Learn more: http://bit.ly/1Ggd8YZ

blog.transitlabs.com In our nation’s horse-race style presidential elections, campaigns typically start more than a year and a half before Election Day. By late May, we can expect almost all of the presidential candidates to have officially declared – just in time...

magazine.good.is

Who Needs Drones? The Future of Delivery is Underground

One U.K. company is looking to bring the future of delivery back down to earth, underground in fact, and it could help alleviate traffic congestion. What do you think of the idea? http://bit.ly/1NZ3fDr

magazine.good.is Mole Solutions' subterranean transport system begins its first pilot program

followthemoney.transitlabs.com

Explore Transportation Funding Data

On #taxday we ask, "Where does all that money go???" Our visualization tracks federal spending on transit & highways. Check it out: http://bit.ly/1JIajON

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Love to travel? Enjoy a nice stroll through your neighborhood? Rather zip home than sit in traffic? Transportation enables all this! Today the transit community came together to Stand Up For Transportation #SU4T

washingtonpost.com

Mapped: How hard it is to get across U.S. cities using only bike lanes

We wouldn't expect drivers to get around with a roadmap like this. Why do we think bikers can? wapo.st/1G5wVtL

washingtonpost.com We'd never build networks that look like this for cars.

crainsdetroit.com

Busing by the numbers: DDOT turns to analytics

Transit Labs is helping Detroit create a more efficient bus system by using data-driven analysis that tells transit planners where critical problems exist. http://bit.ly/1GUMLYm via Crain's Detroit Business

crainsdetroit.com The oft-maligned Detroit Department of Transportation is using a pro bono analytics service in an attempt to improve performance. Measurable changes — such as more buses running on time — could happen by summer.

To learn more about how Transit Labs is using data to improve Detroit's transit system visit http://detroit.transitlabs.com.

To learn more about how Transit Labs is using data to improve Detroit's transit system visit http://detroit.transitlabs.com.

detroitnews.com

What data can tell us about Detroit’s transit system

"As living, breathing networks, transit systems require constant analysis, both quantitative and qualitative." Transit Labs founder Dag Gogue explains what data can tell us about Detroit's transit system in the Detroit News http://bit.ly/1Eq27ld

detroitnews.com Dag Gogue: “You cannot plan a transit system if you can’t see your data — and combine it with external data”

What does transit in Detroit look like? http://detroit.transitlabs.com/

blog.transitlabs.com

PART II: A Deeper Look at Detroit's Routes and Population Density - Transit Labs Blog

Looking at Detroit’s bus routes and population density reveals how the city’s transit can be optimized to help people like John Robertson who walked 21 miles every day to get to work. http://bit.ly/17yCuBU

blog.transitlabs.com Areas of medium population density make up most of Detroit. Then, there are clear swaths of low density areas. And a few pockets of high density stand out. To be effective, a transit system must reflect population density.

blog.transitlabs.com

How “People Data” can Help the James Robertsons of Detroit and Jump-Start Transit Improvements -...

You may have heard the heart wrenching story of James Robertson & his 21-mile, walking commute, now get the story of how Transit Labs is helping people like him by revitalizing Detroit's transit with data visualizations http://bit.ly/1DRH76J

blog.transitlabs.com When you hear Detroit, you probably think of cars before you think of transit. The reality, however, is even in the Motor City, access to your own set of wheels isn’t a foregone conclusion — leaving many at the mercy...

dot.gov

The GROW AMERICA Express

This week, Transportation Secretary Foxx sets out on a four-day, five-state bus tour to highlight how we can #GROWAMERICA through transportation. Follow along at http://www.dot.gov/grow-america.

dot.gov Home base for all things related to the GROW AMERICA Express. The GROW AMERICA Act would create jobs, provide certainty for country’s future growth

http://blog.transitlabs.com

#StuckInTraffic? Follow the Money to Align Decisions with Dollars

Getting #stuckintraffic sucks. Smarter transportation can help.

http://blog.transitlabs.com Follow the money.

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Join @transitlabs for #struckintraffic town hall

Join us over on Twitter at noon for a town hall with Transportation Secretary Foxx and House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Congressman Bill Shuster to chat about the future of transit. See you there! https://twitter.com/transitlabs

twitter.com The latest Tweets from Transit Labs (@transitlabs). Strengthening Transportation Networks. Pioneering Smarter Cities. Building Stronger Economies. Washington D.C.

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Partner Showcase: Transit Labs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q5Qnxmvc3Zs

Hear from Dag Hogue, founder of Transit Labs, about an innovate government start-up using data to pioneer a smarter public transportation system.

1776dc.com

1776 - Startup Innovations at the North Pole

Happy Friday everybody, here's a little holiday fun for you! Check out how startups are innovating the North Pole this year and helping Santa prepare for his sleigh ride around the world! http://bit.ly/1qBHgHt

1776dc.com As the holiday season approaches, you may wonder just how the North Pole operates. From cookies to packaging to route planning, it all magically gets done in one night! After some investigat...

blog.transitlabs.com

The Key to Data-Driven Transportation: The National Transit Database | Transit Labs Blog

Have you ever thought to yourself, "I wish I knew who is responsible for collecting data on the operations and public usage of every public transit agency in the nation."... Well it's your lucky day Facebook followers! Here's a look at the one and only National Transit Database!! Data & technology are the future, and the National Transit Database is the key http://bit.ly/1qqUdUB

blog.transitlabs.com Deep inside the labyrinths of the Department of Transportation complex in southeast DC, there is an office with four mild-mannered folks sipping on their coffees. These are the people responsible for collecting data on the operations and public usage of every public transit agency in the nation. Thi…

xconomy.com

Can Data Visualization and Analytics Solve Detroit’s Transit Woes? | Xconomy

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Check out how we're using data analytics and visualizations to improve Detroit's public transportation system! http://bit.ly/1yRTCf7

xconomy.com There’s a sign above the entrance to the Detroit Department of Transportation (DDOT) building that says, “Through These Doors Pass Transit’s Best.” But ask

microsoft.com

Enabling the Future of Cities: Four Examples of Cloud Computing

Hey everybody! We are teaming up with Microsoft's CityNext to "Enable the Future of Cities" bit.ly/1tgzkHj Excited to be applying data to make smarter cities!

microsoft.com Microsoft CityNext

Passengers applaud as Japanese maglev train completes first test run

We hope everybody's week is off to a good start! Here's something cool to kick off the week. Japan's Maglev train had its first test run this weekend, and it was open to passengers. Riders broke out into spontaneous applause as the train reached speeds up to 300 miles per hour!! Check out the video http://dailym.ai/1xf4fsA

The first 100 passengers have finally had the chance to test out Japan's lightning-fast magnetic levitation trains - and on the inaugural journey, speeds of up to of 500 km per hour were reached.

animalnewyork.com

Here's Video of Men In Mexican Wrestling Masks Making Live Rave Music In the Subway - ANIMAL

Happy Friday everyone!! Here's a little Friday fun to end the week. 2 men wearing Lucha Libre masks temporarily turned a New York subway stop into a dance club by creating live rave music, using a laptop, speaker, and a shopping cart. It's pretty good if we do say so ourselves! http://bit.ly/1vdAE3i

animalnewyork.com Once in a while, a subway performance is so good that you'll wish you didn't have some place important to be. As I rushed home Wednesday night, the sound o

gothamist.com

Photos: Your First Look At The Gleaming New Fulton Center Subway Hub

For anybody in New York, the long awaited Fulton Center has opened this morning! It is NYC's biggest subway hub and expects to serve up to 300,000 daily riders! If you're not in the area to check it out in person, here are some photos! http://bit.ly/1EuZ4Hk

gothamist.com Tomorrow at 5 a.m., the sparkling and expansive new Fulton Center subway hub will finally open to the public.

t4america.org

Transportation For America – 2014 ballot and election issues we’re tracking

As some of you may know, the upcoming Nov 4th election will be big for transportation. Depending on how the voting goes, we could see a lot of changes in transportation and infrastructure funding for several cities and states. Keeping track of all the measures can be overwhelming, so Transportation For America created this list of the ballot measures to keep your eyes on! http://bit.ly/1wdcepL

t4america.org This November a handful of measures and races will be decided at ballot boxes across the country related to new revenue for transportation at the local or state level. We’re keeping a close eye on a few important issues over the next few weeks, and we’ll be profiling a few at length on the blog (loo…

nydailynews.com

Dubai giving gold to people who skip cars for mass transit

Happy Monday everyone! Here's some fun transportation news to start off your week. Dubai, as part of its National Transport Day on Nov 1st, is giving gold to people who take public transit instead of using their cars. If you tell your friends in Dubai about this they might share their reward with you ;) http://nydn.us/1tZo6Nd

nydailynews.com This is one reason not to take the car. The oil-rich state of Dubai is offering people gold if they take public transportation, the Gulf News reported.

vox.com

The "fundamental rule" of traffic: building new roads just makes people drive more

It's funny how the "fundamentals" aren't so fundamental to some. American transportation policy unequivocally favors road/highway spending over transit spending, which may not be the best policy for reducing congestion. Matthew Turner, an economist at Brown University, and Gilles Duranton, an economist at University of Pennsylvania, conducted studies that found that building more roads does not reduce traffic. "Building new roads just makes people drive more." http://bit.ly/10qR5wq

vox.com Why we can't build our way out of our traffic problems

uspirg.org

Millennials in Motion | U.S. PIRG

We hope everybody is off to a great start this week!! Last week, the U.S. PIRG published a new report on the transportation trends of Millennials. Check it out if you're looking for a quality read: http://bit.ly/1omVYBe

uspirg.org Millennials are less car-focused than older Americans and previous generations of young people, and their transportation behaviors continue to change in ways that reduce driving. Now is the time for the nation’s transportation policies to acknowledge, accommodate and support Millennials’ demands for…

citylab.com

Can This Man Bridge Two Disparate D.C. Communities—and a River?

TGIF! Here's something cool to end the week: A new 11th Street Bridge-Park will be built across the Anacostia River in DC. It will have performance venues, a café, and even waterfalls! Check it out http://bit.ly/1zfrl5s

citylab.com Scott Kratz had a successful career in museum education until he stumbled upon a new calling: building an ambitious, elevated park over the Anacostia River in Washington, D.C.

theonion.com

Ambitious New High-Speed Rail Plan Will Fly Americans To Japan To Use Their Trains

Happy Friday everyone! Here's some fun for the end of the week, courtesy of The Onion: http://bit.ly/1tL6ApG

theonion.com WASHINGTON—In an effort to bring the United States’ transportation network “into the 21st century,” President Barack Obama unveiled an ambitious new high-speed rail plan Friday that will fly Americans to Japan in order to use the i...

tucsonsentinel.com

Report: Driving drops in Az as more ride public transportation

tucsonsentinel.com Public transit use rose across Arizona as the number of miles driven dwindled, according to a new report that called for shifting funds from “unnecessary” highway projects to mass transit. The report said bus and rail ridership grew across the state from 2005 to 2010, largely driven by increases in…

washingtonpost.com

Tired of inefficient public transit? Transit Labs uses software to better manage data.

"Transit Labs uses software to gather a transit system’s data about ridership, personnel, assets, safety and funding in one place. It then crunches those numbers to help agencies operate their systems more efficiently and report necessary information to regulators."

washingtonpost.com Dag Gogue was walking through the Farragut North Metro Station in Washington last month when he spotted a relic: A data collector with a clipboard in hand jotting down train ridership and system opera...

inthecapital.streetwise.co

This DC Startup Wants to Speed Up Everyone's Commute [Video]

Check out this write-up from InTheCapital!

inthecapital.streetwise.co D.C. startup Transit Labs wants to cut down on the universal complaints about transit problems. Hard as it is to imagine people ever really being satisfied with their transportation options,...

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