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How are people in the DC region getting to work in 2016?
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"Trail towns" embracing economic benefits of long-distance biking routes

Mobility Lab is the source of research and best practices for advocates working to increase awareness about better transportation options.

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Upcoming Events

Oct
6
Thu
2016
Traffic21 CMU Seminar @ Carnegie Mellon University
Oct 6 @ 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Paul Mackie, communications director of Mobility Lab, will discuss how small changes can make a big impact towards improving traffic, local business, the environment, and quality of life. To get the best and most equitable public transportation possible in Pittsburgh, it’s key for the city’s creative minds and forward-thinking leaders to learn lessons from other industries that went from failure to success.

See the Traffic21 Happenings page for more details when they become available.

Oct
7
Fri
2016
Oakland (PGH) Transportation Fair @ University of Pittsburgh, Alumni Hall
Oct 7 @ 11:00 AM

Join the Oakland Transportation Management Association for a networking luncheon to learn more about how new technologies and moving beyond transportation demand management can make a real impact on mobility in Pittsburgh.

Mobility Lab communications director Paul Mackie will be giving the keynote presentation.

For more information, please contact OTMA at info@otma-pgh.org.

Oct
14
Fri
2016
Transportation Techies: Transportation + Urban Planning @ WeWork Crystal City, 12th floor
Oct 14 @ 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

How do computer programmers get involved in urban planning? Let’s look at cool tools coders have built that revolve around transportation and urban planning. We’ll meet on the 12th floor of WeWork’s Crystal City location. Doors open at 6:00 with pizza courtesy of our sponsor the Eno Center for Transportation. Presentations start at 6:30.

The speakers thus far are:

  • Jason Wright will demo Brand New Subway and dive into how the game operates, and discuss future improvements.
  • Metro Planning staff will demo the SWARM tool, built by the Metro Office of Planning to forecast ridership from new transit-oriented development near rail stations.
  • Matt Conway will demo Conveyal‘s Scenario Editor tool, which allows planners to prototype changes to the transit system and see their effects in near-real-time.
  • Drew Morrison will share his “map.it” (Metropolitan Area Planning Integration Technology) project, winner of the 2016 Hays Out of the Box competition.

Please RSVP at the Meetup page here.

Oct
15
Sat
2016
Metro Data Day 1: Destination Ideation @ Jackson Graham Building (WMATA HQ)
Oct 15 @ 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM

From PlanItMetro:

Metro has some great data feeds, and app developers — from Google and Apple to Metro Hero — are consuming them to provide great tools for transit riders in the Washington DC region.

That’s great news, and yet there are opportunities to do even more!  For example, Metro would love to see app developers help customers plan an accessible trip – one that routes a user to station entrances where elevators are present.  And this isn’t likely the only unmet need from the Metro transit rider community. There are loads of great ways to make this data more useful to you.  That’s where you come in. 

On Saturday October 15th,  Metro Data Day 1: Destination Ideation, will bring together Metro staff, app and site developers, and Metro riders and their advocates for a day of creative brainstorming about unmet needs and their potential solutions.

A full agenda will be released soon, but for now know that:

  • The morning will be spent understanding existing data feeds and exploring the unmet needs from the rider community.
  • After lunch, participants will split up into break-out groups where teams will mock up solutions to those needs and document changes to the data feeds needed to power those solutions.
  • Finally, participants will present their work to the full group for discussion.’

Registration is required and free. RSVP through Eventbrite here.

Oct
19
Wed
2016
National Shared Mobility Summit 2016 @ Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago
Oct 19 all-day

Mobility Lab’s communication director Paul Mackie will moderate the “New Economies of Shared Mobility,” which will cover examples of businesses and organizations created or strengthened because of shared-mobility services. The panel will take place on Wednesday, October 19th.

Register here

Join the Shared Use Mobility Center at the 2016 National Shared Mobility Summit in Chicago on October 17-19 to discuss the latest developments in carsharing, bikesharing, ridesourcing, microtransit and more.

The summit offers a unique, once-a-year opportunity to:

  • Stay on the cutting edge of shared mobility with updates on the latest research findings, policy innovations and on-the-ground mobility experiments taking place across the globe
  • Network with the newest companies, the boldest cities and the nation’s leading mobility experts and change-makers
  • Collaborate with other transportation and policy leaders to tackle the tough issues and identify new opportunities through interactive workshops
  • Learn, play, innovate and help make our cities work for everyone!

Building on the success of SUMC’s sold-out 2015 National Summit, this year’s event will feature a shared mobility expo, a series of collaborative, hands-on sessions, interactive workshops, tours and more.

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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

How are people in the DC region getting to work in 2016?

How are people in the DC region getting to work in 2016?


September 21, 2016    Adam Russell

Initial findings from the Transportation Planning Board’s 2016 State of the Commute analysis Teleworking is up, driving alone is down, and commuters are, on average, traveling farther and longer. Today, the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments released the preliminary analysis of its 2016 State of the Commute survey. The regional, triennial report presents a snapshot… Read more »

Transit is 10-times safer than driving – and makes communities safer, says new APTA report

Transit is 10-times safer than driving – and makes communities safer, says new APTA report


September 8, 2016    Paul Mackie

If you truly cared about safety, you would stop driving your car right now and jump aboard transit. That is the underlying recommendation of a study released today by the American Public Transit Association, with help from the Victoria Transport Policy Institute. The latest data certainly backs up APTA’s numbers. According to the U.S. Department… Read more »

Better data collection and accessibility would help advocates get kids walking and biking to school again

Better data collection and accessibility would help advocates get kids walking and biking to school again


July 8, 2016    Paul Mackie

How do we get back to a simpler time, when kids physically exerted themselves on the way to school by bicycling or walking, and in the process made themselves healthier, more attentive in class, and happier? Believe it or not, one answer may be with technology. Through accessible and usable data, advocates can use fact-based priorities… Read more »

Virginians are diversifying travel habits, want more transportation options, state survey says

Virginians are diversifying travel habits, want more transportation options, state survey says


June 29, 2016    Paul Mackie

Commute survey also shows telework increasing, with potential for more Virginia is seeing several trends that offer encouragement to areas racked with congestion, according to the recently released 2015 Virginia Statewide Travel Study. “Overall, between 2007 and 2015, use of transit increased by 33 percent, even though people didn’t perceive that there was an increase in transit… Read more »