New York, NY – June 17, 2014 – With more than half the world’s population now living in cities, and as the speed of urbanization continues to increase, urban mobility is fundamental to the ability of cities to work effectively. In this report we argue that friction in mobility will be reduced by mobile technologies and that this will unlock the potential of cities for both residents and visitors.

In this report, MasterCard Enterprise Partnerships worked together with the Future Foundation to explore challenges and opportunities facing cities around urban transit and travel. The report argues that smarter transit and travel solutions can bring enormous benefits to business and citizens. Principal Rachel Weinberger was an expert contributor.

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Washington, DC – June 10, 2014 – moveDC, which was released by the District Department of Transportation on May 30, sets a dramatic vision of a transportation network in the city where it is as easy to bike as it is to drive; where buses are so frequent riders scarcely need to plan; and where regional workers are swiftly delivered to the downtown.

“This bold plan will put DC in the forefront of U.S. cities, a fitting place for our nation’s capital,” says Principal Karina Ricks. “It connects between neighborhoods and beyond to the broader metropolis.”

Nelson\Nygaard, on a team with Kimley-Horn, is leading the pedestrian, bicycle, transit, parking, and Transportation Demand Management elements and the overall policy framework for the plan. “For Washington DC to continue to be a world-class city, every street needs to contribute. Walking and driving will now be coupled with biking and transit, so that the District can increase transportation choices for everyone,” says Principal David Fields, AICP.

Major initiatives are:

  • Every household will be within easy distance of a quality bicycle lane or trail
  • Frequent and efficient transit connections to traditionally underserved areas of the city
  • A conscious strategy for goods movement and deliveries
  • A new downtown Metrorail loop and station
  • Congestion pricing for cars entering downtown

moveDC, which sets direction for 25 years of investments, is the culmination of a process that involved thousands of residents from the District and the Washington Metropolitan region. Mayor Vincent C. Gray said, “It is so exciting to see the hard work and energy of District residents pay off in a plan that will continue to move us forward into the future.” This is a formidable step toward meeting the Mayor’s sustainability goal of 75% non-auto mode share.

Public comments are encouraged on the draft plan through July 6.

The Congress for the New Urbanism honored the Kendall and Central Squares Planning Study with a 2014 Best Urban Infill Award at its annual conference in June. Kendall Square is balancing demand for growth by tech companies (Apple, Novartis, Google) and needed a land use and transportation plan that would generate no net new auto trips, while also ensuring overall system capacity. With Goody Clancy, Nelson\Nygaard led the transportation components of this vision for Kendall and Central squares in Cambridge, MA. We focused on determining Red Line transit capacity, identifying transit gaps, pedestrian and bicycle access, and transportation demand management programs, including parking management.

New York, NY – June 1, 2014 – Judy Kottick and her husband, Ken Bandes, recently stood on a corner at a hectic intersection on the border of Brooklyn and Queens. The couple have a keen interest in the spot: It’s where their daughter, 23 year-old Ella Bandes, was struck and killed by a city bus in 2013….

Mike King, an expert in street design, joined Kottick and Bandes at the Myrtle-Wyckoff intersection, where he cast a critical eye on what he saw. “Why do you have to put people in these positions where they have to constantly be vigilant?” he asked. King thought a good first step toward improving safety at Myrtle-Wyckoff would be simplifying the traffic flow and timing the lights to give pedestrians a head start at crossing the street.

“We’re watching buses turn here,” he said. “The buses are making these obtuse turns, they’re honking at people who are crossing with the light, in the crosswalk, saying, ‘Get out of the way because I’ve gotta get through.’ The buses, the drivers they want to get through. But the people coming out of the subway, they want to get home.”

Hear the full story below (Mike King begins at 6:20 minutes): (WNYC)