Paul Mackie

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Paul has been Communications Director at Mobility Lab since 2012. He specializes in reporting, writing, editing, helping journalists, and speaking about how places can become vibrant through public-transportation initiatives.

For the eight years prior to joining Mobility Lab, he was Climate Change Communications Director at The Nature Conservancy and Director of Media Relations at the World Resources Institute.

He has also been a daily newspaper journalist at various outlets in the St. Louis area; a freelancer for the Chicago Tribune, National Geographic, and other media organizations; and a writer at the National Association of Counties. Paul has been quoted on transportation issues by USA Today, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Washington Post, NPR, and many others; has spoken at many conferences, including MIT’s Disrupting Mobility, Innovate Raleigh, and various state and national transportation events; and received the 2015 Excellence in Advocacy Award and 2013 Presidents Award from the Association of Commuter Transportation.

paul-speaking-at-techiesPaul is currently serving on the “Safe Routes to Healthy Foods Taskforce” of the Safe Routes to School National Partnership and on a panel that provides direction and guidance for disseminating research produced by the Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP), a collaboration of the Federal Transit Administration (FTA); the Academies and its Transportation Research Board (TRB); and the Transit Development Corporation, an educational and research arm of the American Public Transit Association (APTA). He is also a member of the Surface Transportation Communicators of DC.

Paul obtained his master’s degree in media studies and political science from Georgetown University and his bachelor’s in English literature and journalism from Southern Illinois University. On a personal level, he enjoys writing at his blog Pop Culture Lunch Box, tennis and other sports, playing and listening to music, and traveling with his wife Rachel, son Jackson, and daughter Zoey.

His first car was a Chevy Chevette. Now he bikes through three states to get to work. And his bike is a lot nicer than the Chevette.

Mobility Lab Express #118

Read Mobility Lab Express #118 We’ve had autonomous-vehicle fever around Mobility Lab lately. We’re really concerned (and excited) about how the quality of people’s lives are affected and improved with the introduction of AVs. At this stage, which is mostly about real-life testing scenarios, policy needs to incentivize shared mobility (instead of private ownership) to… Read more »

Mobility Lab Express #117

Read Mobility Lab Express #117 When it comes to filmmaking, transit and active-transportation agencies have an uphill battle. It’s hard work creating perfect messaging that will inspire audiences to try something other than their beloved four-wheeled stress cages. Our new film series is called The Switch. It’s about how people all over the country are being inspired to… Read more »

Demand questions are the elephant in the room with autonomous vehicles

Say you live 1.3 miles from a subway station or a bus route that would offer you direct access to your job. Then picture an autonomous vehicle looping through your neighborhood every 20 minutes or so to take you and your neighbors straight to that access point. All of a sudden, you would be pretty… Read more »

Teachers leave behind their lonesome commutes

The Switch, Part 1 – Mobility Lab’s video series on how everyday Americans can rethink their transportation options. Teachers who rideshare, or “carpool,” get to wave at the other commuters stuck in traffic as they breeze past in the HOV lanes. And that’s not all. Once teachers get to school – in the case of… Read more »

Redesign and rethink the U.S.’s existing transportation: Tumlin

Jeffrey Tumlin is a leading thinker – a mover-and-shaker – on incorporating “transportation demand management” principles into the many ways planners are rethinking the ways we’ve built our cities. I didn’t attend the Association for Commuter Transportation’s recent annual conference in New Orleans, but several of our readers told me how his keynote speech was… Read more »

Mobility Lab Express #116

Read Mobility Lab Express #116 We as Americans usually only think about parking when we need a spot. That’s why it’s so heartening to see more and more places, like Columbus and Seattle featured in this issue, thinking seriously about the many woes that too much parking brings upon our country. It’s also pretty amazing that the video… Read more »

D.C. Metro’s Back2Good needs to aspire to more very, very soon

How far D.C.’s Metrorail has come from the excellent Silver Line opening dance-party video to the whimpering current “Back2Good” campaign. There’s no doubt WMATA is at least being realistic, but as Marc Ferris writes to the Washington Post, “What company or official entity – public or private – strives to be good? No publisher would release business… Read more »

Driver speed, texting is the new drunk driving

Streetsblog’s Angie Schmitt brings to light a really important issue that we think about every day at Mobility Lab. She notes that Americans spend more time on average every day driving their cars than socializing with other people. And this is likely skewing the ways people think about and care about other people as they… Read more »

Vox/Mobility Lab video: The high cost of free parking

When Steve Jobs pitched Apple’s new California campus – which opened earlier this year – he wanted to turn parking lots into green landscapes. But the city of Cupertino demanded 11,000 parking spots, which put a wrench in that part of Jobs’ vision. Cupertino’s parking requirements are not unique. It’s estimated that, in America, there… Read more »

Mobility Lab Express #114

Read Mobility Lab Express #114 We’ve got a lot of great stuff happening here in the dog days of summer at Mobility Lab. If you like the Express newsletter, you’ll LOVE our relatively new Mobility Lab Daily, with all the TDM news you need to know from around the web. And if you haven’t been… Read more »

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