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Category Archives: Transportation

Bike Commuting Is Preventative Medicine, According to Science

Via Bicycling: “Massive study finds cyclists and other active commuters experience dramatically lower risk of dying—from any cause—than those who drive or take public transit. Just in time for National Bike to Work Week (May 15 to 19 this year), a team of researchers from Glasgow University in Scotland found that people who bike to work… Continue Reading

Motor vehicle fatalities increase as drivers continue phone use

Axios: “…Zendrive studied actual device use among 3.1 million drivers over 5.6 billion miles of driving and found that in 88 percent of trips, drivers made at least some use of their phones. On average, drivers spent 3.5 minutes per hour on their device. Some important context: The number of traffic deaths has been increasing… Continue Reading

New York City Rents By Subway Stop 2017

RentHop: “New York’s MTA subway system is an essential part of many New Yorkers’ lives. With as many as 5.7 million riders each weekday, it truly is the backbone of the city. It should be no surprise then, that it is one of the first things that people consider when looking to rent an apartment. Close… Continue Reading

Commentary – Why Visualizing Open Data Isn’t Enough

Kate Rabinowitz, D.C. Policy Center: “With a new proposed Data Policy, release of high profile datasets on topics like 311 and taxicabs, and Open Government Advisory Group, the D.C. Government looks interested in moving up the ranks of open data cities. This is good news for policymakers, businesses, and citizens. But with open data comes… Continue Reading

Data on DC’s most lucrative speed traps

Technically DC: “D.C. has a lot of speed cameras. But there’s one speed camera in the southbound lane of Kenilworth Avenue that, in 2016, accounted for 10 percent of the total revenue made from D.C.’s speeding and red light cameras. That’s one hardworking camera. This data comes via the Washington Business Journal, which put in a Freedom… Continue Reading

The Four Flavors of Automated License Plate Reader Technology

EFF – “Automated License Plate Readers (ALPRs) may be the most common mass surveillance technology in use by local law enforcement around the country—but they’re not always used in the same way.  Typically, ALPR systems are comprised of high-speed cameras connected to computers that photograph every license plate that passes. The photo is converted to… Continue Reading

WMATA: FUND IT, FIX IT, MAKE IT FAIR

Amalgamated Transit Union 689 – report – March 2017 “…While we never should have reached this embarrassing and dangerous situation, here we are. Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 689, representing more than 10,000 WMATA employees, is pleased to present this proposal to immediately save, stabilize, and ultimately improve WMATA. Our plan contains specific ideas —… Continue Reading

GAO Reports on WMATA’s SafeTrack Project Management

Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority: Improved Planning of Future Rehabilitation Projects Could Prevent Limitations Identified with SafeTrack, GAO-17-519T: Published: Mar 29, 2017. Publicly Released: Mar 29, 2017. “The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s (WMATA) planning of SafeTrack did not fully align with leading project management practices. While WMATA generally followed leading practices to coordinate with… Continue Reading

Measuring What Matters: Diversity at Uber

News release: “Last week we laid out the three things we must improve to make Uber a truly great company: leadership and accountability; our relationship with drivers; and our culture and organization. While there are many things we need to change about our culture, I believe that making Uber a more diverse and inclusive workplace… Continue Reading

What You Can Do About Climate Change

The New York Times – What You Can Do About Climate Change – “Driving a more fuel-efficient car cuts greenhouse gas emissions. Which is why Trump would be making a mistake if he retreats on fuel economy.” Continue Reading

Economist Daily Chart visualizes Trump’s first budget

The Economist Daily Chart by the Data Team – Donald Trump’s ‘America First’ budget would make deep cuts to domestic programmes – Graphic detail “Stephen Bannon, President Donald Trump’s chief strategist, famously promised the “deconstruction of the administrative state”. On March 16th, the Trump administration took its first step toward achieving Mr Bannon’s vision by… Continue Reading

Federal budget proposal cuts programs and services across the government

Bloomberg provides a detailed, clear and actionable article, accompanying visualization and charts specific to These 80 Programs Would Lose Federal Funding Under Trump’s Proposed Budget – “U.S. President Donald Trump’s first budget proposal includes massive cuts across most of the federal government. The Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Agriculture face unprecedented discretionary funding… Continue Reading