Through the mobility management programs of Arlington County Commuter Services, 45,000 car trips are shifted each work day into other forms of transportation from this Virginia county’s streets. What we do works! And it can be translated as a game plan for anywhere else in the world. We in the U.S. have been trained for our car culture, and Mobility Lab is working daily to show there are other, often better options to consider.
Mobility Lab is a research-and-development initiative of Arlington County Commuter Services (in Virginia, USA), and we collaborate worldwide. Our work directly removes 45,000 cars each work day from the county’s streets, showing that what we do works, and can be translated as a game plan for anywhere else in the world!
- Winner of the 2013 Association for Commuter Transportation Presidents’ Award.
- “Mobility Lab is an exceptional resource center for research and information about smart transportation options. By communicating often and clearly, it is helping move the needle on the effective use of transportation alternatives throughout America,” says John Martin, director of the Southeastern Institute of Research.
- “Fostering critical thinking and new perspectives at their unconferences and shepherding cutting-edge transit arrival and departure screens, Mobility Lab is a leader in applying technically innovative ideas to the transportation industry,” says Adie Tomer of The Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Program.
- CaBi Trip Visualizer is called “awesome” by POLITICO Morning Transportation and application creator Michael Schade is called “inventive” by Emily Badger of The Atlantic Cities. His Side-By-Side Router was named a “Map of the Week” by Google.
- LookThink says, ”For any DC-area urban-planning geeks, our office is totally loving the content over at Mobility Lab’s Twitter feed.”
- Dr. Gridlock of the Washington Post says, “Thanks for the head’s up, Mobility!” regarding our outreach for BikePlanner.org.
- Washington Express columnist Vicky Hallett says, “Mobility Lab’s Hack Days are ‘about rolling up your sleeves, bringing your laptop and attacking specific ideas.’”
- “I use the transit screen I set up at Mobility Lab’s Hack Day. My co-workers were so envious that they made me set up ones for different routes,” says Ben Ball in a Greater Greater Washington article about tech options in light of the demise of the NextBus DC app.
- “You guys crunch the numbers that people like me like to spew!” – Barbara McCann, author of Completing Our Streets, Island Press.
- Former Delaware Department of Transportation public-relations director Darrel W. Cole calls Mobility Lab a “great group!”
- “[Mobility Lab's regular Lunch At the Lab series is] one of the best run meetups in the area.” – Emergency-management app developer James Sweet.
Mobility Lab has served as a meeting place and the home of idea generation for:
- Virginia Tech and American University transportation-focused students
- Crowdsourcing hackers for bike trip planning software and real-time transit screens
- Fairfax County (Virginia) Connector busline executives, and
- Roanoke (Virginia) transportation planners, to name a few.