Availability vs. Reliability – The key to understanding urban transportation

Urban Transportation Video #2.

Why can we find Uber only in Metropolis while Taxi stations prosper also in Smallville? Why can’t ride-hailing services win those small towns?

Presenting a 2D conceptual map of Availability vs. Reliability to understand the different mobility options behavior.

How efficient can Urban Transportation Networks be?

Do you want to understand the inherited efficiency issues of the big transportation companies?

Ride-hailing companies like Uber or Lyft, bike, and e-scooter sharing companies like Bird or Lime, busses, trains and more. All these have a unique Network Economics that determine their efficiency.

Should we plan for bicycles?

Should we plan for bicycles?
Are those bicycles?

They go at a different speed, they allow a different range, so why are we only regarding the physical resemblance of those new micro-mobility tools and Copy-Paste concepts designed for pedal bikes?

Talking about the new micro-mobility with the Transportation Department of Tel Aviv Municipality.

HOW to impact HOW people decide HOW to travel?

Yesterday I’ve presented some work at a seminar regarding options for Congestion Charge in Tel Aviv. Really enjoyed it, both on the auditorium stage and in the rows listening to others.

It was interesting, the intense debate led by Prof. Trajtenberg was inspiring and all an all it was great fun.

If you are looking for it, here is my presentation from that seminar – LINK

Seamless Mobility and The Missing Player or Who Hijacked My City

Our cities are not taking the lead. On the surface everyone talks about a smart city and a new generation of public transportation, but in practice most cities are dragged into this revolution rather than actually lead it.

Transportation companies do not represent the city’s residents. Uber for example considers (at best) the interests of its drivers and passengers. From its perspective, other public transports and pedestrians are considered as a nuisance or worse, as competition. It would have been easier for Uber if those two were not part of the public space.

These days, most of the cities that deal with smart city projects and new types of transportation do not initiate solutions. Most of them are simply following on proposed business solutions. Uber, Lyft, Bird and other companies spread their transportation networks in the city with minimal coordination or without any coordination at all. At present, no one stands to represent the pedestrians and the residents of the city in front of these transportation companies, resulting in the chaos we see today .

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