Rethinking the swamp: Transportation convergence in the capital region Rethinking the swamp: Transportation convergence in the capital region
Rethinking the swamp: Transportation convergence in the capital region
How new technologies might complement Arlington’s transportation options How new technologies might complement Arlington’s transportation options
How new technologies might complement Arlington's transportation options
Virginia’s new Capital Trail has brought biking, business to Richmond and historic communities Virginia’s new Capital Trail has brought biking, business to Richmond and historic communities
Virginia's new Capital Trail has brought biking, business to Richmond and historic communities
The case for long-term TDM programs The case for long-term TDM programs
The case for long-term TDM programs
When bikeshare stations are near Metro, more people use them When bikeshare stations are near Metro, more people use them
When bikeshare stations are near Metro, more people use them

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Upcoming Events

Dec
14
Wed
2016
Transportation Techies: Metro Hack Night VI @ WMATA HQ
Dec 14 @ 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Please RSVP on Meetup here. It’s our only way to see how many are attending and plan accordingly.

Metro Hack Night is a show & tell of Metro-related apps and data visualizations. We are thrilled to return to WMATA headquarters. We’ll be on the first floor; be sure to bring an ID in order to enter the building. Please arrive a bit early, as it will take a while to process everyone through the metal detectors and check IDs.

Courtesy of Urban Insights, we’ll have food available at 6:00.

The program will begin at 6:30. Have you built a Metro-related app, hack, map or dataviz? Sign up for our show & tell. Thus far we have:

  • Ben Shepherd will show how he used the live train positions API to make dctraintracker.com.
  • Andrew Schmadel will share his script for recording WMATA Disruption Reports.
  • Sam Winward will display his research into peak and off-peak fares and their hidden influence over ridership decisions.
  • Keith Kelly will show how he used historic data to visualize wait times.
  • Joe Haaga will demo his project to compare indirect routes.
  • Sanghong Yoo will present Metroview, WMATA’s own internal tool for non-GIS users.
  • Michael Eichler will show he uses Tableau to visualize WMATA stats.

To build your own Metro apps, hacks, and visualizations, find WMATA’s open data via PlanItMetro’s data-download tag, or use their developer tools.

Mobility Lab is a sponsor of the event, and thank you to WMATA for helping make this meetup possible.

Want to see what happened at Metro Hack Night V? See our write-up here: Crowd control: Simulating congestion in the D.C. Metroand MetroHackNight V.

Follow @techiesdc for “Transportation Techies” updates. Use #metrohacknight for your own tweets.

Jan
7
Sat
2017
TransportationCamp DC 2017 @ Founders Hall, George Mason University
Jan 7 @ 8:30 AM – 8:00 PM

Capitol red light, drpavloffThe 6th annual TransportationCamp in Washington, D.C., is Saturday, January 7, 2017. The unconference will be returning to Founders Hall, in George Mason University’s Arlington Campus.

Registration is now open: nvite.com/transpo17. Ticket prices are $45. Thanks to a generous grant from AASHTO, we have a limited number of student tickets at $25 (students must register using a “.edu” email, and must bring ID to the registration desk).

To learn more about TransportationCamp DC, including what it means to be an “unconference,” please see the official event page.

Jan
10
Tue
2017
Bike Hack Night VII
Jan 10 @ 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

From the event page – please RSVP there. Stay tuned for more updates on speakers:

Bike Hack Night is a show & tell of bicycle-related apps, data visualizations, and gadgets. We are thrilled to be hosted by TRB, the annual conference put on by the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies.

We’ll be in room 102A at the Washington Convention Center.

Doors open at 6:00. Speakers begin at 6:30. Thus far we have:

  • Fraser Mclaughlin will talk about bicycle traffic patterns in Arlington using clustering analysis and short duration counts from Eco-Counter data.
  • Arlene Ducao will show how the Mind Rider Helmet works and share dataviz from its users.

See what happened at Bike Hack Night VI: From routes to reality: Improving biking data with better context, and WABA designing a regional bike lane map to inform a more equitable network.

Our hashtag is #bikehacknight. Follow @techiesdc for “Transportation Techies” updates.

Jan
26
Thu
2017
Capital Convergence 2017 @ Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Jan 26 @ 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

The Eno Center for Transportation is at the forefront of this national dialogue of developing appropriate public policy responses to these changes, and highlighting best practices both domestically and abroad. Building off Eno’s 2016 Convergence, Capital Convergence 2017 will focus on specific examples from metropolitan Washington and across the country. After all, Washington was one of the first places in the country to authorize ride-hailing apps, clear the way legally for autonomous vehicles, permit car-sharing services, deploy dynamic tolling and pricing projects, and launch a high-tech bike-share system.

Event highlights will include transportation technology demonstrations, an exciting keynote address, and a networking reception held during the Washington Auto Show’s Sneak Peak.

The conference, which is a part of Eno’s larger Digital Cities research and policy platform, brings together decision makers, government leaders, industry experts, academics, implementers, and visionaries to share their experiences with the convergence of transportation technology and public policy at the local, state and federal levels.

Register here.

See the day’s agenda and list of speakers here.

Mobility Lab is a media sponsor for Capital Convergence 2017.

Mar
13
Mon
2017
SXSW Panel: How to “Uber-ize” public transit to save it @ South by Southwest 2017
Mar 13 @ 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Stay tuned for more information closer to the event.

What do ridesharing apps, autonomous vehicles and outdated infrastructure have in common? According to some, all are contributing factors to the ultimate demise of public transit. With big changes to the transportation landscape underway, what does this mean for public transit and the future of mobility? Does mass transit even stand a chance of surviving, much less thriving?

The answer lies in optimizing multi-modal transit and creating the best path for riders’ entire journey across all options. By taking a user-first approach that Uber and others have successfully implemented, transit providers can blow up the barriers that keep people from using mass transit in the first place.

Questions

  1. Why is the future of transit a multimodal one – and what does Elon Musk’s master plan get right and wrong about mobility?
  2. How can auto-oriented towns and cities develop a new blueprint for moving around a city?
  3. What’s the future of mobility look like on university campuses–and how does campus safety factor into current transit planning?

Speakers

Arlington, a Living Transportation Laboratory

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Mobility Lab Research

Analysis of military base travel choices leads to improved pedestrian connections, more transportation options

Analysis of military base travel choices leads to improved pedestrian connections, more transportation options


July 13, 2016    Paul Mackie

Arlington’s work to improve military base transportation options gets top marks Look at a map of Arlington County, Virginia, and it’s easy to see just how much of it is covered by Arlington National Cemetery and the crescent moon-shaped Fort Myer-Henderson Hall military base on its western border. But, considering Arlington’s wide array of public… Read more »

Where did people ride Capital Bikeshare during the Metro shutdown?

Where did people ride Capital Bikeshare during the Metro shutdown?


April 11, 2016    Adam Russell

The sudden Metrorail shutdown on March 16 took nearly everyone by surprise, and was a nearly unprecedented move by WMATA. While the decision disrupted the commutes of hundreds of thousands of commuters, it did provide agencies with an opportunity to observe how the other components of the D.C. region’s transportation system handled the new demand…. Read more »

A closer look at who bikes to work in Arlington

A closer look at who bikes to work in Arlington


March 17, 2016    Stephen Crim

Last month, the District Department of Transportation released a map, broken down by census tract, of how many people commuted by bike in Northwest D.C. as part of its presentation on a proposed protected bike lane in Shaw. In a blog post over at BikeArlington, our Research Director Stephen Crim took a similar look at Arlington County’s commuting habits… Read more »

Arlington develops path for getting public on board with bikeshare

Arlington develops path for getting public on board with bikeshare


August 26, 2015    Jason Hardin

While humans have been planning cities and transportation networks for millennia, planning for bikeshare is something new. In just the last few years, many American cities have launched ambitious bikeshare services – with systems in at least 78 major U.S. cities – all aimed at providing a new transportation option. Planners have learned much about… Read more »

External Research

Big investments in Colorado’s walking, biking could pay for themselves

Big investments in Colorado’s walking, biking could pay for themselves


December 9, 2016    Mobility Lab Web

The potential benefits of walking and biking in Colorado are immense, according to a new study prepared for the state Office of Economic Development and Trade [PDF]. BBC Research and Consulting found that the statewide economic benefits of walking and biking total $1.6 billion annually. The health impact is worth $3.2 billion annually. But despite… Read more »

Do bikeshare systems actually work? (They do)

Do bikeshare systems actually work? (They do)


December 2, 2016    Mobility Lab Web

Bikeshares benefit their cities in small, varying, and sometimes imperfect ways. Such cautious and incremental gains aren’t the stuff of bold headlines. But they’re small because the idea doesn’t need a complete rethink. Perhaps that’s because the original idea itself was pretty radical. In fact, maybe it’s not really about bikes at all. We get… Read more »

When bikeshare stations are near Metro, more people use them

When bikeshare stations are near Metro, more people use them


November 23, 2016    Bryan Barnett-Woods

Capital Bikeshare can help get people to a Metro station when they live or work too far away to walk there. As a result, the region’s busiest bikeshare stations are next to Metro, especially outside of D.C. Although some people do use bikeshare as their primary mode of getting around the same way others use… Read more »

Taking notes: Creative students, campuses thinking beyond driving

Taking notes: Creative students, campuses thinking beyond driving


October 3, 2016    Miriam Akervall

Alarm, shower, coffee, breakfast. Up until the moment the door slams, weekday-morning routines might be virtually standard across generations of Americans – but if that next step takes you to a sidewalk rather than a driver’s seat, chances are you’re a millennial. More than ever before, young people in the United States are choosing not… Read more »