September 2012

ACT logo featured

Mobility Lab and ACT TDM Certification Process

Friday, September 28, 2012 4:49 PM

The following documents are intended for members of ACT (the Association of Commuter Transportation) who are preparing for the TDM Certification process. TDM Certification Program Overview Sub Committee Structure and Descriptions Planning schools Copy of Certification Program Task and Topic Area Analysis August 2012

by Paul Mackie
Boomers Walking featured

What to Do When You Can’t Drive Anymore

Friday, September 28, 2012 3:49 PM

How prepared is your community to help people get around who don’t drive? The answer for many of us is “not very” or “not at all.” It’s time for communities to get going, though, because the Silver Tsunami is coming. The first of the baby boomers already began turning 65 last year.  By 2025, 18 […]

by Lori Cohen

Moderate Exercise on Your Commute Will Make You Much Healthier

Thursday, September 27, 2012 3:13 PM

It is growing increasingly obvious that public transportation is a key component to improving health. The numbers about the health crisis in this country are somewhat staggering. A recent report released by the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation estimated that by 2030, all 50 states will have an obesity rate of 44 […]

by Elizabeth Denton
Senior biking featured

Here and Here to Stay: Staying Mobile With or Without a Car

Friday, September 21, 2012 4:20 PM

We’re thrilled here at Mobility Lab to welcome Lori Cohen as our new blogger on quality-of-life issues for seniors. This topic has a crucial connection to transportation demand, and Lori has a knowledgeable perspective, having worked for such organizations as AARP and the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators. Welcome to the inaugural post for […]

by Lori Cohen
Community Design
Hipsters featured

Hipsters a Valuable Part of Sustainable Transportation Trends

Friday, September 21, 2012 3:58 PM

While visiting the H Street Festival northeast of Union Station in Washington DC last weekend, it was apparent that hipster culture is booming and that many sideline hipsters like myself are more than open to exploring the hipster part of town. Rumor has it that the festival expanded from 35,000 to 65,000 attendees from last […]

by Paul Mackie
Activity Centers
Walkable Arlington featured

Arlington Leads the Way into a Walkable Future

Wednesday, September 19, 2012 5:35 PM

I recently had the pleasure of attending a joint symposium, hosted by The George Washington University and The Urban Land Institute, about how the trend towards creating walkable urban places can impact real-estate development. I’m not a real-estate professional. I don’t even own a home. Yet, I still found the day incredibly fascinating. Several speakers noted that Arlington, […]

by Brett Jones
Activity Centers
Crystal City art featured

Business Leaders Keep Crystal City Rolling with the Times and Relevant

Monday, September 17, 2012 1:43 PM

Crystal City, Virginia, located across the Potomac River from Washington DC, provides an interesting example of how key investments can shape “activity centers” into more dynamic and successful communities. This is republished from our partners over at the Metropolitan Washington Council of Government’s Region Forward. Major redevelopment in the 1960s transformed Crystal City’s industrial landscape […]

by Paul Mackie
Activity Centers
Glendenning featured

Building “Place” is the Means to Economic Prosperity for Communities

Friday, September 14, 2012 2:05 PM

Community leaders nationwide need to recognize that “place” is their most valuable asset. The most effective way to maintain or build economic prosperity is to protect the character, uniqueness, and history of our towns. This was the message from Parris Glendenning – a board member of Smart Growth America and former Maryland governor – this […]

by Paul Mackie
Activity Centers
WalkUPs featured

Real-Estate Market Has Shifted from Suburban to Walkable Urban

Wednesday, September 12, 2012 5:58 PM

Home-buyers in the Washington DC region will now pay 71 percent more for a home in a walkable area than one in the drive-only suburbs. This is among the wealth of new findings in a report released this week that examines 43 “walkUPs” – or walkable, urban places – in the region, and how they […]

by Paul Mackie
Community Design
NFL Stadiums featured

NFL Kickoff: Ranking Football’s Most Accessible Stadiums

Thursday, September 6, 2012 2:56 PM

I love going to NFL football games. Going to the Ravens’ stadium to see my beloved Pittsburgh Steelers is something I do nearly every year. Getting there from anywhere in Baltimore is easy by transit, and the parking lots south of the stadium are located in a way that I can get right onto the […]

by Paul Mackie