It’s no secret that traffic causes stress, leads to lost time and money, and significantly contributes to global carbon emissions. As these problems continue to increase in major cities across the country, local governments are looking for solutions to keep people from driving during peak commuting hours. A growing solution? Congestion pricing.
The process of commuting is rarely an amazing experience. Sitting through multiple stops before reaching your destination adds a lot of time to an already-long commute, not to mention the hiccups that come with traffic and congestion. But for employees who get to work by way of public transit, the heart of the commute isn’t always the problem. Getting to and from the bus stop or metro station is a challenge – also known as the first- and last-mile problem.
Over the past two years or so, new mobility options have popped up on city sidewalks around the world. Bike docks have replaced street parking, scooters are accompanying street lights on every corner, and now electric mopeds are creeping their way into the mobility race. Although these new forms of transportation are on sidewalks everywhere, cities are still a little cautious about letting them stay.
San Francisco and the surrounding Bay Area is a hotspot for new technology, state-of-the art offices, and advanced city planning initiatives. Companies like Facebook and Google are trailblazers when it comes to employee amenities such as company bikes, bike repair shops, and corporate shuttle programs.
These days, it seems like every day is a national or international holiday. Between National Chocolate Pudding Day and National Chocolate Mousse Day, it’s hard to keep up. But there’s one day that everyone who has ever had a miserable commute should circle and start a countdown clock for: September 22.
With the rise of transportation demand management (TDM), cities are sharing the responsibility of getting residents and commuters to change the way they travel, with the goal of ending up with fewer vehicles on the road. Residents aren't expected to make a commute change overnight — developers and property managers are an essential part of making it as easy as possible.
If you’ve ever been to Atlanta, you’ve seen the enormous highway surrounding it. Boasting 15 lanes, it’s truly a sight to see. Unfortunately, even with this behemoth roadway, traffic issues have not gotten any better. In fact, simply because there’s so much road space, there’s an increased incentive to drive. More than 85 percent of Atlanta’s commuters choose cars.