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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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
The Coalition for Smarter Growth is hosting its annual Smart Growth Social on Tuesday, October 18 at the Eastern Market North Hall in Washington, DC. Come discuss housing, development, transportation, and other regional smart growth issues with decision-makers and advocates.
For tickets and more information, visit the Coalition for Smarter Growth website.
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Mobility Lab Research
Analysis of military base travel choices leads to improved pedestrian connections, more transportation options
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
Metrorail is the backbone of the D.C. region’s transportation system, but that doesn’t mean each station exists in a vacuum. For many people, walking and biking from their station to their ultimate destination is a key part of the Metro experience, whether we consciously recognize it or not. That’s a driving idea behind WMATA’s Metrorail… Read more »
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 »
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
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 »