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October 1, 2012 at 5:01pm

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Get ready for TransportationCamp DC ’13

TransportationCamp is returning to DC!

On January 12 2013, meet thinkers and doers at the intersection of transportation and technology. Get ready to talk and learn about improving mobility, information design methods, bike share systems, and more… It’s an unconference - it’s up to you.

Registration is open! Sign up here.

The event will be on Saturday before the start of the Transportation Research Board 92nd Annual Meeting. The venue will be announced soon.

TransportationCamp DC ‘13 is organized by OpenPlans in partnership with American Association of State Highway and Transportation OfficialsMobility LabTransportation Research Board, and Young Professionals in Transportation.

July 20, 2012 at 9:37am

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With the announcement of iOS version 6, Apple has dropped Google Maps and with it, previously built-in support for travel directions via public transit.

With your support, the OpenTripPlanner app, an open source application developed by OpenPlans will put transit back on the iPhone. Initially, we will offer coverage for almost all transit systems in North America (see coverage details below).

The app will also add new features that Google Maps didn’t have, allowing users to combine walking, bikes, bike-share and transit together, finding the fastest and most efficient trips regardless of mode of transportation.

— Transit App for iOS 6 and Beyond by OpenPlans — Kickstarter

February 23, 2012 at 3:43pm

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Have you ever been frustrated when looking for a parking spot in downtown Chattanooga, or sat wondering at a CARTA bus stop if you missed your bus or if it was just running late? This Feb 24th, Open Chattanooga will sponsor the first in a series of themed hack-a-thons to address common urban problems through open data and technology. This month’s Transportation-themed Hack-a-thon will bring together thinkers and doers in the fields of transportation and technology for learning, debating, connecting, and creating. If you’ve ever been frustrated or confused by Chattanooga’s transportation systems and thought, “there’s got to be a better way,” this is the event for you!

— Upcoming Transportation Hack-a-thon at the Co.Lab - CO.LAB // The Company Lab – From Idea to Business

January 25, 2012 at 9:48am

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A camp that does not require or supply duffel bags, trunks, bunks, tents, swim instruction, or counselors, Transportation Camp is an unconference - no pre-planned sessions or experts - with transit, alternative mode, planner and data, self-described geeks gathering for a day of exchanging ideas and learning.

— The Express Stop: Transportation Camp

January 24, 2012 at 11:04am

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This started as a standard “why don’t agencies release more open data?” discussion but Michael Frumin of the MTA summed up the nagging problem I had with this session way more eloquently than I ever could. His argument was that we can sit around and list all the reasons that agencies are reluctant to open up their data, rehashing the same discussions that have been happening at events like TransportationCamp DC over the last five years, but the people from agencies who need to hear those discussions generally are never in the room. How do things really change? Politics - the tried and true method of lobbying the decision makers at the top that open data is important so that the staff within the agencies who can actually make open data happen have an institutional mandate to do so. The arguments are the same but each battle is specific - coordinated campaigns to reach out to the people who matter like council members and general managers - to convince them that this is important. I think the challenge for events like TransportationCamp is that there isn’t a lot of institutional memory across events quite yet, so we spend a lot of time rehashing introductory discussions. Which is not to say that great work isn’t happening at TC on this front, but I think we can do even better.

— Great summary of three sessions at TransportationCamp DC from Brian Ferris, in I had a lot of good conversations at TransportationCamp DC…. Check his full post for details of the Standards Throwdown and the provocatively-titled “Does it really matter?”

January 24, 2012 at 11:02am

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Saturday was my first time at TransportationCamp, the so-called “unconference” that brings together transportation and data enthusiasts in a one-day event to explore the intersection of urban transportation and technology. OpenPlans organized the event. A couple of hundred participants converged at the School Without Walls on an icy morning, and the first order of business was to stand up, introduce ourselves, and offer three key words.

— TransportationCamp comes to DC…and The Transit Wire was there

January 23, 2012 at 10:40am

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Reblogged from publiccollectors

From Interpreting Children’s Drawings by Joseph H. DiLeo, M.D., Brunner/Mazel Publishers, New York, 1983.


From Interpreting Children’s Drawings by Joseph H. DiLeo, M.D., Brunner/Mazel Publishers, New York, 1983.

Erik Weber
January 23, 2012 at 10:14am

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Innovative Mobility for Low-Income Communities

Poor communities around the country often face major transportation challenges.  The urban poor is increasingly migrating from the central city situations of the mid- and late-twentieth century, to the disinvested inner-ring suburbs of today.  Rural communities have been, and continue to be more impoverished than their urban counterparts.  In all of these places regular transit might not be available or viable. What other options are there?

We had a great discussion during the first morning session at Transpo Camp DC about mobility solutions for low-income families and neighborhoods.

What came out of it were some excellent examples which have been collected in a Google Doc here

The doc is editable, so feel free to add more thoughts. If you participated in the discussion, did we miss something? For people who didn’t join us, do you have other ideas? 

Participants were also interested to connect with each other beyond Transpo Camp, so feel free to add your contact information to this Google Spreadsheet.

January 21, 2012 at 8:33pm

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Today in Washington, the “School without Walls was full of of civic energy around open data, tech, community, bikes, smart cities, systems, efficiency, sustainability, accessibility, trains, buses, hacking, social networking, research, policy, crowdsourcing and more. Transportation Camp, an “unconference” generated by its attendees, featured dozens of sessions on all of those topics and more. As I’ve reported before, transit data is open government fuel for economic growth. Below, the stories told in the tweets from the people show how much more there is to the world of transit than data alone. Their enthusiasm and knowledge made the 2012 iteration of Transportation Camp in the District a success.

— Great Storify from Alex Howard: Transportation Camp DC gets geeky about the present and future of transit (who also led two sessions today).

January 19, 2012 at 7:02pm

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Transportation experts, however, still focus most of their project engagement around open houses and public meetings. And that, according to the transportation expert I interviewed, is a total brick-and-mortar experience. We are still asking the public to go to a physical location at a specific time in order to transact … “participate” … in the public decision-making process. But wait! Aren’t transportation agencies using Facebook and Twitter to engage with the public? Yes, and no.

— Transportation mashup: Re-thinking public engagement on Talking Transportation.