Howard Jennings is Managing Director of Mobility Lab. He is a 20-year veteran of mobility management, former Executive Director of Ridefinders in Richmond, Virginia; Account Supervisor for Siddall Mateus and Coughter Advertising of Richmond; and is a member of the Association of Commuter Transportation’s Public Policy Council and the Transportation Demand Management Committee of the Transportation Research Board.
The advent of autonomous vehicles is fraught with uncertainty, especially when it comes to their impacts on traffic, travel choices, and the broader transportation system. They offer many potential benefits, but many potential negative impacts, depending in part on how they are deployed. While widespread adoption may still be decades away, significant numbers will begin… Read more »
If you value communities that are enhanced by transit, bikeability, walkability, and ridesharing, you should know that the proposed rules on Performance Measures for the National Highway System, the Interstate Highway System, and the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality program will undercut policy and funding that support these modes of travel and programs that support… Read more »
This article was originally published by Expert Sure and CleanTechnica. What does transportation in the U.S. city of the future look like? Mobility Lab gets asked this a lot because it’s clear that people have had it with the crushing traffic that dominates most of our cities, and 3 out of 4 people are frustrated by their lack… Read more »
This is the first of a two-part Mobility Lab series. Part 1 looks at the big-picture history of transportation funding in the United States. Part 2 will examine ways we can fund transportation in a future of flat federal funding.As the Senate and House are finalizing touches on the first new transportation authorization bill in… Read more »
From the fast-moving on-demand economy to increases in non-auto trips for Americans, one would think Congress would be trying to at least keep up with the latest trends in transportation. But when the U.S. House of Representatives likely passes its bipartisan, $325 billion Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform (STRR) Act of 2015 this week, it appears… Read more »
Bloomberg reported today that Uber is now facing two new challenges in New York City: competitor Lyft has now entered the market and new legislation is being enacted to place price caps on rides during times of bad weather. As the sharing economy continues its impressive march, Uber and Lyft (as well as Sidecar) are… Read more »
This article originally appeared in InTheCapital. Parts of it also appeared in the Richmond Times Dispatch and the Arlington Sun Gazette. New Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe’s administration has the opportunity to take a fresh look at transportation funding and invest more dollars in commuter services that get maximum efficiency from our existing infrastructure and provide critical access to… Read more »
Just over a month ago, former U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood made news as the keynote speaker at a Mobility Lab event by proclaiming that the time was right for an increase to the national gasoline tax. At least some members of Congress agree. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) this week introduced a bill designed to… Read more »
Seventy-three percent of the Arlington senior executives surveyed in Mobility Lab’s latest study give “very good” or “excellent” ratings to the county’s business climate. Further, 58 percent of local leaders rate that climate as superior to the rest of the Greater Washington region and 70 percent said the same when asked to compare Arlington with the rest… Read more »
People are frustrated and think that governments are not doing enough to improve transportation, according to a new report by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments and the Brookings Institution entitled “What Do People Think of Congestion Pricing?” The unexpected finding in the study is that support for raising gas taxes increased from 21 percent… Read more »
Arlington County, Virginia is the home of Mobility Lab, and we’re proud of the work we do with our partners throughout the county’s Commuter Services and Department of Environmental Services divisions. We often tout the 45,000 car trips that our work contributes directly to removing from the county’s streets each work day. But this video,… Read more »
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 »
I recently visited Zürich, Switzerland, and one of many nice things about the city is that transit is much more stable than cars. You always know when you’re going to get to where you want to go. In fact, Zürich has decreased traffic by 10 percent since 1990. So it’s not surprising that the city is consistently… Read more »
Research: An On-Going, Integral Part of the Commuter Services Program “The research is the lifeblood of our program”, remarked Arlington County Commuter Services Bureau Chief Chris Hamilton in a recent strategy session. In many ways, this is true, as our on-going research program, now in its sixth year, serves many vital purposes.
What We Know: There is pent-up demand for using alternative commute options. According to the 2006 Arlington County Resident Study, 28% of residents who drive alone on their commutes said they were likely to try an alternative to SOV commuting. 30% of residents had tried a new mode in the past year. Research has shown… Read more »
Every five years the County turns over 50% of its population base—100,000 residents leave the County, and 100,000 new residents arrive. Almost half of teen riders say that a lack of information and knowledge may be a barrier for riding the bus. 35% said they don’t know where the bus stops are, and 32% said… Read more »
What We Know: Employer involvement increases participation in commute alternatives. According to the 2006 Arlington County Resident Study, 31% say their employer offers commute assistance services and/or benefits. Prior studies show even higher percentages. The most common offering is transit subsidies. Among the residents who did not have access to transit subsidies, 36% said they would… Read more »
Surveys show that the option of carsharing motivates commuters to use transit more often (40% to 54% agree), helps commuters save money on transportation (62% to 70% agree), and motivates them to walk more often (37% to 54% agree).
What makes it so easy to get around without a car? In a word —alternatives! Public Perceptions of Transit studies in 2004 and 2005 found that Metrorail and Metrobus were perceived as “safer” than driving alone.