Welcome to the SMART blog! It’s a dynamic counterpart to SMART’s website, posting-up-to-the-minute sustainable transportation news, events, jobs, and other opportunities from the U.S. and around the world. It also links to innovations, new research, policy updates, related newsletters, inspiring initiatives, and videos that come our way. You can contribute too! Please send relevant information to Kim Seelye. The blog will benefit and grow from your involvement. SMART is a project of University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute and Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. MANY THANKS to the FIA Foundation for their generous support of the development of SMART’s blog in the interests of advancing New Mobility implementation. Many thanks also to Ford Motor Company for supporting the development of this blog through its generous ongoing support of SMART.


San Diego smart card has security gaps

From thetransitwire.com

San Diego’s Metropolitan Transit System (CA) has acknowledged that its Compass Card fare collection system does not meet industry security standards.

The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards, or PCI DSS, are designed to reduce credit card fraud. PCI DSS includes standards for encrypting cardholder data, maintaining firewalls, and routinely testing security systems.

The Compass Card was developed about 10 years ago by Cubic Corporation.  The San Diego Association of Governments managed the system until MTS took over in July 2014.

Read the full article at http://www.thetransitwire.com/2016/03/03/san-diego-smart-card-has-security-gaps/.


Apply to be a Code for America Fellowship partner

Code for America pairs teams of technologists with local governments across the country to work in partnership with government officials and the communities they serve. The fellows take a user-centered, data-driven, and iterative approach to redesigning core government services.

The fellowship transforms government from the inside out. Code for America fellows spend 11 months collaborating with government staff, researching user needs, meeting with key stakeholders, and building technology for needs from signing up for food assistance to starting a business to navigating the court system.

While the product of the fellowship is typically an early stage application that improves the delivery of a government service or function, the process acts as a vehicle for driving cultural and structural change inside of government — encouraging innovation, improving tolerance for risk, and increasing the capacity for transparency and engagement.

Read more at https://www.codeforamerica.org/do-something/partner-with-us.


Hyderabad-Based Shuttle Service Provider Commut Acquires H2O Cabs

From Inc42, Aparna Mishra

Hyderabad-based employee transportation startup, Commut, has acquired app-based cab service company H2O Cabs for an undisclosed amount. The deal is done in a bid to strengthen Commut’s verticals and increase its current foothold in the market.

Founded in 2015 by Prasanth Garapati, Hemanth Jonnalagadda andSandeep Kachavarapu, Commut is a technology-based minibus shuttle service for daily office commuters. It enables the users to book a ride from a specific pickup to a specific drop point. It currently has 35 minibuses running on 50 routes.

Read the full article at http://inc42.com/flash-feed/commut-acquires-h2o-cabs/.


Road Less Traveled: Teens Aren’t in a Hurry to Get Driver’s License



Creativity is key to clearing traffic congestion

From The Globe and Mail, Andrew Clark

Every so often, as I sit stewing in my anti-Porsche, I’m overwhelmed by the futility and madness that is my daily commute. There I am, just another fish swimming around in the bowl we call traffic congestion. It’s the bane of modern existence and it’s costly. A 2014 report by the City of Toronto found that congestion costs $6-billion per year. It reached this finding by identifying the “core cost of gridlock” – which involves multiplying the amount of time each person wastes in congestion by the value of their time.

Read the full article at http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-drive/culture/commentary/creativity-is-key-to-clearing-traffic-congestion/article29245238/.




International Exhibition at Galerie Passage du Désir (BETC), 85-87 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Martin, 75010 Paris, France

Tunnels, bridges, walkways, urban cable ways, escalators…
Sometimes pleasant, lively, smart, entertaining, open to the urban landscape, but most often gloomy, uncomfortable, even dangerous, forgotten or abandoned in the interstices of large development operations; spaces for the multimodal traveller, they are the essential links used to shift, for good or ill, from one transport mode to another, from one urban ambience to another, in contemporary cities that are growing ever larger and ever more fragmented by freeways, railway lines or gated neighborhoods.

Shortcuts, transitional spaces, special routes, passages are crucial in facilitating access for all to the city.
Formal or informal, they are also places of sensory experience, of transition between different physical, cultural or symbolic worlds.

What are the specificities, the currents of ideas and of innovation in these small spaces, assigned the role of accompanying urban evolution and changing mobilities? How can we act together to ensure that these small, low-cost connections, which facilitate our day-to-day lives, are not neglected by those who make our cities.

Algiers, Anvers, Barcelona, Bogotá, Buenos Aires, Cotonou, Grenoble, Maputo, Montevideo, Nantes, Ouagadougou, Paris, Shanghai, Toronto, Tours, San José, Santiago, São Paolo, Tunis, Valparaiso, Volos…
Students, filmmakers, artists, individuals, political officials, urban technicians, academics and architectural and urban design professionals from all corners of the world have focused their attention on these small places of movement.

Projects conducted in 40 of the world’s cities provide public examples of barriers in today’s city, the situations of passages in our day-to-day travel practices, and solutions for the future.

For more information, see http://www.passagedudesir.com/accueil.php?lg=FR.