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D.C. Metro System

Smartphone Fare Cards Now Available for D.C. Metro

The future is now.

September 3, 2020 - DCist

Tilikum Crossing

Ride App Closes Up Shop

The Ride smartphone app, which has gathered millions of miles of bike trip data to help inform bike planning and encourage cycling, is moving on to micromobility.

August 13, 2019 - Bike Portland

Eating and Driving

Design Solutions for Distracted Driving

A columnist explores how to create an environment that encourages focused, safe driving.

April 12, 2018 - The Philadelphia Inquirer

Lincoln Limos

New York Car Service Companies Go Digital

Facing tough competition from Uber, New York City's neighborhood car service providers are using apps to retain clientele. The jury's still out on whether adaptation will help them stay in business.

August 31, 2015 - The New York Times

Smartphone car

Boston Parking Meters to Get Smart

Over the next two years, Boston will replace its old parking meters with new ones connected to the internet. With this groundwork in place, pay-by-phone parking is the next step.

April 14, 2015 - BetaBoston

Buy Mass Transit Tickets With a Smartphone In Portland

Portland launches first U.S. mobile ticketing apps to enable mass transit riders to buy tickets with their iPhone and Android smartphones.

September 6, 2013 - Engadget

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Geek Mercenaries Hack for Local Governments

Non-profit group works to improve efficiency of local governments with technology hacks.

August 30, 2013 - Los Angeles Times

'App Breakthrough' Benefits NYC Straphangers

Friday marked a milestone in the effort to bridge the gap between NYC's century-old subway system and emerging technologies; "a leap forward for a service that has lagged behind its peers both at home and abroad in adopting new technologies."

December 29, 2012 - The Wall Street Journal

Historic Homes Are Losing Visitors, But Perhaps There’s An App for That

Of the thousands of historic homes across the country, many are seeing steep declines in visitors, reports J. Freedom du Lac. Consolidation and new technologies, such as smartphone apps, may be the best alternatives to closing doors.

December 29, 2012 - The Washington Post

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