To Pool or Not To Pool?

To Pool or Not to Pool Author: Jessica Lazarus and Susan Shaheen Date: December 2021 Over the past decade, on-demand mobility services have changed the way people travel. These services include app-based ride-hailing companies (also known as transportation network companies or TNCs), such as Lyft and Uber. TNCs offer flexible, on-demand rides that can supplement public transit and personal vehicles, and can lower the barriers to living car-free or car-light. However, TNCs also contribute to increasing vehicle mileage, traffic congestion, and greenhouse gas emissions, in part due to the time the vehicles spend driving without a passenger, which is known as “deadheading.” Pooling — multiple travelers sharing a ride in the same vehicle — can mitigate some of these negative impacts. … Read the full article...

What It Will Take for Kathy Hochul to Get Congestion Pricing Right

Author: Alissa Walker Date: August 26, 2021 When Governor Kathy Hochul was sworn in Tuesday just after midnight, water was still pooled in the subway stations from the MTA’s second catastrophic flooding in as many months. It was emblematic in so many ways of the transportation crisis she was inheriting. Hochul (via either acting head Janno Lieber or whomever else she names to run the MTA) will have to not only futureproof the agency against the next inevitable superstorm but also do so with ridership way down (and perhaps staying that way for a while, as return-to-the-office plans once again grow uncertain). … Read the full article...
Experts Stress Teamwork in Response to Natural Disasters

Experts Stress Teamwork in Response to Natural Disasters

Author: Eleanor Lamb Date: August 27, 2020 As Hurricane Laura was bearing down on the Gulf Coast, disaster preparedness experts discussed how communication and partnerships between the transportation sector and emergency management agencies are vital components of effective responses to natural disasters. Robert Allen, professor of emergency and security studies at Tulane University in New Orleans, told Transport Topics that it’s key to view emergency situations in terms of capacity and risk assessment, taking into account the procurement of resources and the availability of partners. He encouraged trucking fleets to communicate with U.S. National Guard representatives and law enforcement officers to stay abreast of route accessibility issues. “You look at what transportation infrastructure you have,” Allen said. “You’ve got to have good knowledge of transportation routes.” … Read the full article here....
Top 20 of 2020 Influential Women in Mobility

Top 20 of 2020 Influential Women in Mobility

Author: Vulog Date: July 2, 2020 TSRC’s Susan Shaheen has been selected for Vulog’s Top 20 of 2020 Influential Women in Mobility. The “Influential Women of Mobility” project celebrates women’s achievements in mobility and encourages a shift towards greater gender equality in the industry. In this year’s 2020 edition, Vulog asked the 20 leading women – who were nominated over the course of several months – to share their personal insight into how mobility has and will continue to transform in light of the Covid-19 pandemic, starting with the phrase: “During these unprecedented times, mobility is more important than ever because…” The unique perspectives in this report are based on a collection of diverse fields of expertise and backgrounds (from carsharing and ride-hailing to private industries and public/government organizations or academia) that shed tremendous light on the road ahead to societal, economic, and environmental recovery via mobility. Read the report...