• DC may require ride-hailing companies to share data, but won’t encourage pooling

      By David Alpert     May 15th, 2018

      Cities have required taxis to give logs of their rides to regulators for a long time. New York, Toronto, Chicago, Seattle, and others ask for taxi-like data from ride-hailing companies such as Uber, Lyft, and Via. Now, DC might join them. However, it won't follow through on an earlier proposal to encourage carpooling on these ride-hailing services.

    • To cut down on traffic, DC may encourage sharing Ubers, Lyfts, and Vias

      By David Alpert     May 10th, 2018

      Ride-hailing services like Uber, Lyft, and Via are growing rapidly. They are actually two kinds of service: private cars and shared, with shared cars much better for traffic, sustainability, and roadway efficiency. Now, the DC Council has taken a positive step to encourage sharing, relative to riding alone, in the tax code.

    • DCST and dockless bikeshare operators agree on principles for the future

      By David Alpert     March 20th, 2018

      Five companies now operate dockless bikeshare in DC (and two now offer dockless scooters). You locate a dockless bike with an app, unlock it from your phone, and ride it anywhere (or at least, anywhere allowed). These bikes have brought great benefits to riders... and also some complaints.

    • A letter from DC Council chairman Phil Mendelson and five colleagues could imperil the Metro funding deal

      By David Alpert     March 15th, 2018

      A letter, released yesterday from DC Council chairman Phil Mendelson and five other council members, argues DC shouldn't pay what Virginia expects. That could lead Virginia or Maryland to pull back on their own contributions, leaving Metro with not enough money for needed repairs and upgrades.

    • Your recommendation for a better Metro pass is…

      By David Alpert     December 13th, 2017

      I asked, and you answered: here are the results of the survey I set up to collect riders' thoughts on WMATA's current and potential pass products. What do you think of the recommendations?

    • Your recommendations, and a few more questions, for Metro unlimited passes

      By David Alpert     November 29th, 2017

      Recently we asked readers how Metro could improve its unlimited passes for commuters and visitors. You gave us some great feedback, which we've rounded up here — and now you have the opportunity to weigh in further!

    • How could Metro improve its unlimited passes?

      By David Alpert     November 15th, 2017

      Metro wants to improve its unlimited passes for both commuters and visitors, and they want to hear from you. What do you think Metro should do to make this work?

    • With the kinks worked out, dockless bike sharing could roll

      By David Alpert     October 29th, 2017

      Bright orange, green and yellow bikes are sprouting up all around central D.C. and Silver Spring, with a smattering elsewhere. They go by Jump, Spin, LimeBike, Mobike and ofo (written in all lowercase, to look typographically like a bike symbol). This is dockless bike sharing, the newest arrow in the region’s transportation quiver.

    • Have senators? Ask them to let cities and states shape how autonomous vehicles affect us all

      By David Alpert     October 3rd, 2017

      Congress is poised to take away many of the potential tools cities and states could use to shape the way automatic vehicles affect our transportation networks. Please ask your senators (if you have some) to give this issue more study and deliberation. 

    • Jump up DC’s hills with Jump bikeshare

      By David Alpert     September 26th, 2017

      The latest bikeshare offering in DC is the dockless Jump e-bike which debuted yesterday. We took it for a spin. The electric assist make it a joy to zoom up hills and keep up with vehicular traffic.