Month: October 2012

Crippled NYC subway could hamper storm recovery – Associated Press

In addition to the tremendous human suffering in the wake of Superstorm Sandy, the estimate of damages to the transportation infrastructure of New York City alone could tally up to $10 billion, with another $40 billion in losses over the four weeks or so it’s expected to take to get the system fully operating again…. Read more »

Transit Initiatives Are Giving a Boost to Businesses – New York Times

Where pedestrian plazas, bike lanes, and bus rapid transit have been installed in New York City, businesses are seeing significant increases in sales. A new report from the city’s Transportation Department finds that economic development is impressively following along behind transportation-oriented development. And where there is no focus on transportation improvements, businesses are lagging behind…. Read more »

Halloween Makes Transit More Fun

Got plans for Halloween? Whatever events you’re attending, are you brave enough to take public transportation while in your costume? If you see a spook on the subway, a buccaneer on the bus, a butterfly on a bike, or a troll on the trolley, take a photo and share it with Mobility Lab. We’ve created… Read more »

Louisville, Kentucky Provides Perfect Blueprint to Become a Bicycle City

The 99.72 percent of commuters* in Louisville, Kentucky who don’t travel by bicycle are really missing out. That’s what I learned when I recently visited the home of the Kentucky Derby and the state’s largest city. Everywhere I travel, I try to rent a bicycle and see the sites. And nearly every time, I wonder why… Read more »

Transportation is a Major Hidden Cost in Our Quality of Life – Center for Housing Policy

A new report shows just how important the cost of transportation – often something we don’t think that much about – is to our standards of living. The authors from the Center for Housing Policy and the Center for Neighborhood Technology write that “the inclusion of transportation costs shifts the relative affordability of many metro areas…. Read more »

Create Your Own Personal Transit Screen at Hack Day

Earlier this year, Eric Fidler created an open source transit information screen that shows real-time Metro and bus arrivals, and bike availability at Capital Bikeshare stations. Now, you can make your own. Recently, I designed my own screen using the code Eric created, and mounted a tablet computer on the wall of my apartment to… Read more »

How to Make a Busy Street Friendlier for Older Pedestrians

Those far from the Washington D.C. Beltway may easily forget that “The Federal City” is also called “home” by more than 600,000 residents. Of these, 11 percent are age 65+. And like other District dwellers, older adults often walk for short trips, errands, or more vigorous exercise. But as they age, the difficulties of navigating… Read more »

Take Me Out to the Ballgame … On Bikeshare

The Washington Nationals October playoff run sure was exciting. Almost as exciting was the volume of bike activity around Nationals Stadium. Clearly, lots of Nats fans are realizing that getting to and from the game by bike is the way to go! The bike parking at the stadium was full, every rack and lamppost in… Read more »

Construction and Building a Vibrant Arlington Go Hand-in-Hand – Patch

Dennis Leach, Arlington County’s transportation director, is interviewed in the excellent, hyper-local newspaper endeavor Patch about building a vibrant bikable and walkable community in the midst of “unprecedented construction.” (I can literally hear the jackhammers right now outside my office window in Rosslyn!) Leach highlights some really interesting insights on the inner machinations of how… Read more »

Mobility Management Starts with Our Energy Supply – Deloitte

According to a new report by global professional-services firm Deloitte, the transportation sector in the U.S. consumed 28 percent of our energy supply. Energy Independence and Security: A Reality Check finds that “transportation is really the only sector that remains dependent on imports.” The author argues that “we need to lower demand through continued improvement in the… Read more »