Data analytics company Transit Labs reports that while House Republicans were looking for a re-authorization funding source, Senate Democrats nabbed $1.4 Billion to fund their own pet projects. The last comprehensive transportation re-authorization was in 2012, when the Democratic Senate and Republican House passed MAP-21 (Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century). That bill, […]
Jointly released by Transit Labs and the Community Transportation Association of America, this report found $1.4B in lost bus capital over the last 3 years. In the three years before MAP-21, the U.S. Department of Transportation invested more than $2 billion annually in capital funding for fixing buses, buying new ones, and creating bus stops. […]
Almost no one came out on top when it came to the evisceration of bus capital funds under MAP-21. The 62%, or $463 million, annual decrease in funding was shared by virtually the entire country, although some states absorbed more losses than others. Overall, 47 states lost a total of $1.4 billion over the last […]
This morning, we released a report about how MAP-21 cut capital funding for bus fleets by 62%, a total loss of $463 million annually. Proponents of these changes argue increases in Section 5307 Urbanized Area Formula Program Grants “Bus Tier” funds, based on bus vehicle revenue miles, make up for the losses to bus capital. […]
The data analytics group Transit Labs reports that Republicans represent 45 of the 50 congressional districts with more than 300 structurally deficient bridges. BY Brian J. Tumulty, USA TODAY WASHINGTON — Two Senate Democrats said Thursday they will propose extending a federal transportation bill by two months, but a crisis is still looming as the […]
Last week’s Amtrak derailment has brought renewed attention and concern about the nation’s infrastructure, and not just its rail lines. A new report says that nearly all congressional districts (430 of 435) have ‘structurally deficient’ bridges. By Brad Knickerbocker, Christian Science Monitor MAY 17, 2015 In some ways, infrastructure upkeep – roads, bridges, rail lines, […]
Taking public transportation in Detroit can mean a long wait for a rundown bus that doesn’t come on time. But that’s changing thanks to a partnership between a startup and the Detroit Department of Transportation. Transit Labs, a company that uses data to make transportation systems more efficient, is in the middle of a one-year […]
In our nation’s horse-race style presidential elections, campaigns typically start more than a year and a half before Election Day. By late May, we can expect almost all of the presidential candidates to have officially declared – just in time to watch the Highway Trust Fund run out. With four major candidates officially campaigning already, […]
Last week, we released a report finding that all but five members of the House of Representatives – Rep. Joe Heck (NV-3), Rep. Joaquin Castro (TX-20), Rep. Pete Sessions (TX-32), Rep. Gus M. Bilirakis (FL-12) and Rep. Alan Grayson (FL-9) have at least one structurally deficient bridge in their Congressional district. Leaving 430 of 435 […]
The Washington Post profiles Transit Labs’ big break and rapidly deploying new technologies in government.
By Crain’s editorial board The city of Detroit is getting some pro bono transit assessment services that might help it do a better job of delivering bus services to its residents. As Bill Shea reports on Page 3, a Washington, D.C.-based startup called Transit Labs is providing some advanced metrics services to the city on […]
By BILL SHEA Advanced metrics aren’t just for baseball fans: The oft-maligned Detroit Department of Transportation is using a pro bono analytics service in an attempt to improve performance. A Washington, D.C.-based startup called Transit Labs is preparing a series of reports for the bus agency, and measurable changes — such as more buses running […]
When you hear Detroit, you probably think of cars before you think of transit. The reality, however, is even in the Motor City, access to your own set of wheels isn’t a foregone conclusion — leaving many at the mercy of the transit system. Take the recent story of James Robertson, a Detroiter whose job […]
In case you missed it… Here’s Part I: How “People Data” can Help the James Robertsons of Detroit and Jump-Start Transit Improvements. Now that we’re all caught up! Let’s start with population. Areas of medium population density make up most of Detroit. Then, there are clear swaths of low density areas. And a few pockets of high […]
For the last few months, we’ve been talking a lot about the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) Small Transit Intensive Cities Program (STIC) – which rewards high levels of transit service in small cities. In November, we released a report identifying 50 cities that were within decimal points of qualifying for new or additional STIC funds. […]
We’ve just arrived in Austin, Texas for the annual Congress of Cities, hosted by the National League of Cities! Will we see you here? Stop by and say hello at CityNext booth #921. We’re a featured Microsoft CityNext Partner, leveraging Microsoft’s Azure Government Cloud (currently in Preview) to analyze cities’ data across: Asset Management Scheduling Stop Placement Funding […]
We’ve just completed a transit funding analysis of small cities with high transit service utilization through the Small Transit Intensive Cities (STIC) program.
Transit Labs Partners with Detroit Department of Transportation (DDOT) to spur economic growth, modernize and make Detroit’s transportation network more efficient.
The Transportation Application Platform (TAP) Pilot Program allows 24 state and regional transit authorities to be more competitive for funding and more effective with their existing funds.
Transit Labs is featured as one of the “professional organizations that make this region tick”, tackling major societal challenges, and making moves. So many moves.
Yesterday, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced the US Department of Transportation Data Innovation Challenge on Fast Lane, DOT’s official blog. You’ve seen the apps. The commuter at the bus stop is using one. The father shopping for a safe car is using one. The student booking spring break bus travel is using one. I’m not […]
Earlier this week, 1776, the collaborative space for start-ups that we call HQ, asked our CEO Dag Gogue for insights regarding the challenges Transit Labs has faced in the world of public-private partnerships for better transportation. You can check it out here: http://1776dc.com/2013/11/21/navigating-startup-pitfalls-in-the-public-private-partnership-world/ Or read it in full below! Navigating Startup Pitfalls in the Public-Private […]
Thanks to everyone that came! We are truly appreciative of all the support we’ve received from the DC transit community and we couldn’t be happier to be here! Here are the highlights: Last night, we had the pleasure of welcoming friends, family, and colleagues to the official launch of Transit Labs and introduce everyone to […]
Our CEO and Founder Dag Gogue talks about Transit Labs’ work, why we chose to be located in D.C., and the data-driven future of transportation.
Happy Monday! Thanks to everyone that came to see our CEO, Dag Gogue, present at the DC Challenge Cup last week! It was a truly great experience: full of exciting start-ups disrupting every industry you could think of, public and private sector leaders eager to get involved, and some great beer and barbeque. We met […]
Hey readers! Mark your calendars because we’re celebrating and you’re invited! The Transit Labs launch party will bring together 150+ influentials from DC’s transit, government, and think tank industries to celebrate transportation. The goal of the event is to showcase our new software solution and spark a conversation around innovation in transit with the thought […]
While we were drafting copy for the Transit Labs website, we had a question: What is the difference between “transit” and “public transportation?” None, according to the National Transit Database (NTD). NTD defines the word “transit” as: Synonymous term with public transportation. Can be found in: B-10 Below is the definition of “public transportation,” you […]
1776 just announced this coming Tuesday’s DC Challenge Cup participants, including yours truly: Transit Labs. A full list of companies participating in the October 29 event at 1776 can be found here: http://challengecup.1776dc.com/news/washington-dc-challenge-cup-participants-announced/ The event starts at 5:30 PM, don’t forget to RSVP here: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/challenge-cup-washington-dc-tickets-8392882337 Looking forward to seeing some friendly faces!