The future of transportation is in open data, not centralized control

I’ve seen this rolling around social media: the Helsinki plan to create a centralized transportation network offering truly mutli-modal trip planning and a unified payment system, accessible through a standardized smartphone application. It’s a really impressive vision. Helsinki’s plan, I think, is developed in recognition that to offer the same flexibility as single-occupancy vehicle travel,…

Critical Transit Podcast Episode #44

Jeremy Mendelson publishes the Critical Transit blog and podcast, a journal of best practices in sustainable transportation. I was recently interviewed for Critical Transit Episode #44, “Transit Data, Marketing & Communication with Aaron Antrim”. If you have thoughts or questions, post comments here or on the Critical Transit blog and I will respond.

Public Transit at the Oregon Active Transportation Summit: “A network greater than the sum of its parts”

Public transit, cycle and pedestrian networks are often planned and managed separately.  But increasingly, communities and planning processes recognize that car-free travelers need and use various transportation modes, and that the usefulness of each mode is enhanced through coordination with other modes.  The modern transportation network and planning proces is increasingly multi-modal. I’m moderating a…