A few short years ago, the nascent sharing economy for transportation included car share services like ZipCar. This was big news at the time. Early car share success in Cambridge and Somerville rapidly expanded to become a global enterprise. Bike share services are now following the same path.
Before autonomous vehicles and mobility as a service can become mainstream, complementary businesses will need to become robust enough to support early adopters and grow with the industry. This autonomous vehicle ecosystem is critical for the overall success of mass adoption.
The time has come for the city of Boston to incorporate ridesharing into all of its mobility planning. This is most critical when it comes to allocating precious curb space to the many competing demands for this valuable urban terrain. The changing needs of our mobility system must drive changes in our parking policies.
The time has come for a new approach to subsidizing transit ridership.
The field of mobility is undergoing dramatic disruption on a daily basis. For those who follow traditional transportation issues (like me), the old paradigm was one of very gradual change and very little disruption.
Two years after the Volkswagen emissions scandal broke, the public is finally being compensated for the damage caused by intentionally deceptive emissions controls on Volkswagen cars equipped with diesel engines.
The recent announcement that Amazon is seeking to construct a new, $5 billion East Coast headquarters that will employ as many as 50,000 people has set off a new frenzy within the business community, as well as state and local governments. Pronouncements that Boston will compete for this opportunity, and that Amazon is considering Boston as a site, have added fuel to the fire.
I write frequently in this column about emerging trends in the fields of transportation and mobility. In April and May, I wrote about the emerging trend of the car subscription model.
Greetings from Europe, B&T readers! As I travel across Europe and reflect on my experiences so far, it has become more obvious than ever how poorly we maintain our infrastructure in the United States and especially in Boston.
In the early years of the 20th century, the world’s largest cities were grappling with a vexing transportation problem: horse manure.
A great revolution in our relationship with the automobile is happening across the Unites States and in Boston. The car, a fixture for most Americans, is slowly losing its grip on our daily lives.
It is not often that one disruptive market force includes both a disruptive business plan and a disruptive technology.
he transportation landscape in Greater Boston is changing in subtle but momentous ways. Technological innovations and industry disrupters are remaking the way we think about mobility.
We often think of mobility as the transportation of people and goods within and between communities. This is the essential function of our transportation systems. Our transportation system is, and always will be, the lifeblood of our economy – no matter what form our future mobility takes.
After several years of posturing and wrangling, the commonwealth enacted legislation in August to regulate ride sharing companies – also known as Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) – much more closely.
There can be no doubt that ridesharing firms have radically changed the mobility landscape. To call Uber a disruptor would be an understatement. They have completely reorganized the urban transportation landscape across the globe in a very short period of time.
The recent crash of a Tesla vehicle has highlighted the many hurdles that remain for the coming revolution in driverless (or autonomous) vehicles.
After a one-year hiatus, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation and the Public Private Partnership Oversight Commission (also known as the P3 Commission) have started to convene meetings again.