Paul Mackie

Paul Mackie by MVPaul Mackie, Communications Director

Paul Mackie is Communications Director at Mobility Lab. 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, where he worked on better transportation options as part of the Institute’s EMBARQ work.

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 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.

He enjoys writing at his personal 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 8.5 miles to work. And his bike is a lot nicer than the Chevette.

Mobility Lab Express #68 – August 15, 2015

Even in the doldrums of summer here in Arlington, Virginia, where Mobility Lab is based, there is still cool stuff going on with our Transportation Techies. Just a year-and-a-half old, the quickly expanding group has mostly met in Arlington and next-door Washington D.C., but it recently took its first journey to Baltimore. It’s a safe […]

Walking, the Oldest Form of Public Transportation, Goes High Tech

For finding out what’s hot in the world of “people tracking,” Walk Hack Night at Mobility Lab on Thursday was the place to be. A handful of innovators spoke to a standing-room-only crowd of about 80 members of the Transportation Techies group in rapid-fire presentations on why knowing more about the movements of society is […]

Rebranding “TDM” Could Fix the Industry’s Communications Struggle

Would a common definition of the term and practice of transportation demand management help the industry find other funding sources, do better lobbying for policies, and gain wider acceptance and popularity? And, as we at Mobility Lab constantly ponder internally, is the user-unfriendly term TDM keeping us from reaching these goals as well? Kirk Hovenkotter, […]

Mobility Lab Express #67 – August 1, 2015

We at Mobility Lab have been working overtime at this past week’s annual Association for Commuter Transportation conference, as we continue to push diverse traveling options to cure so many of society’s transportation, health, and environmental woes. Look for several articles at our website in the coming weeks about the great work we learned that others in […]

Mobility Lab Express #66 – July 15, 2015

This is the time of year when we at Mobility Lab start to get excited for the annual Association for Commuter Transportation conference. This year, it’s in Baltimore from July 26-29, and it’s a key marker for moving the transportation-management industry in the much-needed directions of more funding, policy, and prestige. We’re speaking on a […]

Mobility Lab Express #65 – July 1, 2015

This issue of Mobility Lab Express arrives in your inbox with a new look. By making the news we bring you here more mobile friendly (since research tells us 65 percent of you are reading this on a smart phone), we hope you’ll be intrigued enough to click on links and join the longer conversations […]

StreetsCamp Lights Up the Twitterverse: Storytelling Edition

Also see excellent coverage of this storytelling session by Greater Greater Washington. [View the story “StreetsCamp Lights Up the Twitter-verse: Storytelling Edition” on Storify]

Mobility Lab Express #64 – June 15, 2015

I recently got a lot of great tips on how public-transportation advocates should talk. Mobility Lab Express #64 – June 15, 2015 Also in this issue: POLICY: Transit Agencies Need Online Savvy to Influence Politics RESEARCH: Should Uber Get Special Treatment? A Look At Sharing-Economy Rules COMMUNITY DESIGN: Does Chicago’s Elevated “L” Get the Fundamentals […]

Mobility Lab Express #63 – June 1, 2015

Transportation agencies must give people the tools and information needed to get around. Mobility Lab Express #63 – June 1, 2015 Also in this issue: POLICY: Transit in U.S. Can Look to Swiss for Economic Vision, Beyer Says TRANSIT TECH: How Transit Agencies Can Manage the “Blizzard” of Negativity on Twitter BUSINESS: Uber, Lyft Get […]

Mobility Lab Express #62 – May 15, 2015

Arlington County, Virginia’s incubation of transit-tech projects like Conveyal’s CarFreeAtoZ is one way the county seeks to improve the lives of the D.C. region’s commuters. Mobility Lab Express #62 – May 15, 2015 Also in this issue: POLICY: Transit in U.S. Can Look to Swiss for Economic Vision, Beyer Says COMMUNITY DESIGN: London and Stockholm […]

A Playbook for Persuading People to Use Public Transportation

The art of persuasion was on display in two sessions at the end of the Center for Transportation Excellence conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan this week. When attempting to convince someone to try something new – such as transportation alternatives to driving – arguing facts simply won’t work and usually makes the situation worse, according […]

Transit Agencies Need Online Savvy to Influence Politics

Surveying and research modeling for transit ballot measures typically happens in the final crunch before elections. But Scott Wilkinson, founder of AlphaVu, makes a compelling case for transit agencies and transportation strategists to stay focused on how people are talking about them 365 days a year. “In transit, we’re feeling gun-shy. We’re used to people […]

Transit in U.S. Can Look to Swiss for Economic Vision, U.S. Rep. Beyer Says

Over the past 41 years, U.S. Representative Donald Beyer’s business has sold 75,000 new and used cars. But the first-term Virginia Democrat deeply loves transit. Huh, you ask? “My real consciousness breakthrough came from living in Bern, Switzerland for four years [as U.S. Ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein]. The Swiss are the number-one train riders – […]

Mobility Lab Express #61 – May 1, 2015

The only transportation demand management (TDM) program for public school faculty and staff in the U.S. has been created in Arlington County, Virginia. Mobility Lab Express #61 – May 1, 2015 Also in this issue: POLICY: Cities Must Understand Bikeshare Is Transit COMMUNITY DESIGN: Taking Bridj in D.C. Offers Great New Option, and Maybe Even Some […]

How Capital Bikeshare Members Use System is Becoming Clearer

Since Capital Bikeshare’s previous surveys in 2011 and 2012, members of the Washington D.C. region’s bikeshare program have grown a little older, become more widespread throughout the region (rather than simply being from the urban core), and become more prominently affluent white males. This latest survey (see the full survey and executive summary here) – […]

Mobility Lab Express #60 – April 15, 2015

Social media is undoubtedly an increasingly powerful tool to improve messaging about the values of public transportation. Mobility Lab Express #60 – April 15, 2015 Also in this issue: RESEARCH: For Earth Day, Accountability for Transportation Agencies May Begin with Environmental Messages TRANSIT TECH: School Bicycling Safety in Alexandria, Virginia Gets a Look From Tech […]

Mobility Lab Express #59 – April 1, 2015

After recently flying from Albany to Washington D.C., I jumped on the Metro at the airport. I thought: I’ve navigated subway systems in New York City, Paris, London, and Montreal, so how hard could it be in D.C.? Mobility Lab Express #59: April 1, 2015 Also in this issue: TRANSIT TECH: SXSW Hackers Suggest Austin Transportation […]

Mobility Lab Express #58 – March 15, 2015

We’re thrilled in this issue to bring you, our faithful subscribers, a sneak peek of two short videos Mobility Lab will release this week. They feature several transportation thought leaders discussing where public transportation is headed and ways we can all be involved. Mobility Lab Express #58 – March 15, 2015 Also in this issue: TRANSIT […]

Energizing People to Take Action for Transportation and Place

Mobility Lab – and many of our partners – believe it’s long past time to get serious about public transportation in this country. We need to make a stronger and clearer case to the public and to our leaders about the benefits of transportation options. Auto companies, for example, are very clear that our freedom […]

Mobility Lab Express #57 – March 1, 2015

Transit, bicycling, and pedestrian programs will be increasingly important in order to meet the country’s future transportation needs. Mobility Lab Express #57 – March 1, 2015 Also in this issue: TRANSIT TECH: An Inside Glimpse of How Parking is Going High Tech EDUCATION: 5 Ways Our Transportation Vocabulary Makes Absolutely No Sense COMMUNITY DESIGN: How […]

Mobility Lab Express #56 – February 15, 2015

President Obama has released his proposed budget, which includes $478 billion over six years for infrastructure, including a much-needed 75% increase in transit spending. Mobility Lab Express #56 – February 15, 2015 Also in this issue: ECONOMIC PROSPERITY: How Uber is Driving Down the Cost of Transportation RESEARCH: 2 Down Sides to Low Gas Prices […]

INFOGRAPHIC: Myth: Funding Public Transportation is Too Costly

President Obama has released his proposed budget, which includes $478 billion over six years for infrastructure, including a much-needed 75 percent increase in transit spending. State DOTs would also be given incentives to expand bicycling and walking options, TIGER grant funding would be increased, and bridges would have some added money for repairs. If the […]

Plowing Snow for People Who Bike Gives Arlington National Cachet

With a new program to plow snow from bike paths, the work of BikeArlington in Arlington County, Virginia has been recognized as a national leader with a feature in today’s Washington Post. “Arlington County has committed to clearing trails,” said Tim Kelley, operations manager for BikeArlington. “That’s been a huge thing — really, just in […]

Mobility Lab Express #55 – February 1, 2015

More than 120 Arlington businesses were recognized this past week as “Champions” of making transportation easier for their employees and tenants, and for the Washington region. Mobility Lab Express #55 – February 1, 2015 Also in this issue: RESEARCH: More Jobs Created Through Public Transportation Than Roads RESEARCH: Fully Driverless Cars Will Be Ready in […]

Arlington Businesses Honored as “Champions” of Making Transportation Easier

This time of the year in Hollywood, award ceremonies happen almost every night. But in Arlington today, the only place to be was at the Arlington Transportation Partners (ATP) 2014 Champions Breakfast Ceremony. “Government can’t do it alone. This really is a partnership with the business community, and you’re work makes an enormous difference every […]

Mobility Lab Express #54 – January 15, 2015

Four-hundred twenty-five transportation enthusiasts converged at George Mason University’s Arlington, Virginia campus on Saturday in the largest TransportationCamp yet. Mobility Lab Express #54 – January 15, 2015 Also in this issue: TRANSIT TECH: “Best Conference Ever:” TransportationCamp’s Lab-Like Setting Energizes Attendees TRANSIT TECH: Smaller Communities Explore Health, Public Transportation Connections POLICY: DOT’s Chief Data Officer Looks for […]

Mobility Lab Express #53 – January 1, 2015

Tickets for TransportationCamp DC on January 10th are selling like hotcakes. To get you psyched, we have been previewing the event at our website. Mobility Lab Express #53 – January 1, 2015 Also in this issue: The Top 10 Stories of 2014 on TRANSIT TECH: Boston, Vegas Startups Tap Smart-Route Tech TRANSIT TECH: TransitScreen Looks to […]

Boulder Makes It Easy for Low-Income Residents to Take Bus, Bike, and Carshare

When someone gives up her only parking spot in front of her home for a carshare vehicle for the whole community, you know you’re getting through to people. That’s exactly what happened in Boulder, Colorado – and may be happening even more soon – as a unique partnership began this year between the local housing […]

Mobility Lab’s Top 10 Stories of 2014

Uber, Sidecar, and Lyft Are Great Options, But They Are Not Ridesharing Companies– Although these companies still mistakenly refer to themselves as “ridesharing” services, they should be commended for giving people more transportation options and beginning to allow people to actually share rides (thus, potentially taking drive-alone trips off the roads) through new offshoots like Lyft […]

Mobility Lab Express #52 – December 15, 2014

Nearly all of our most recent stories at have been about the fast-moving and shifting landscape of transportation options. It seems like every week we hear about new and easier ways for people to move around their communities. Mobility Lab Express #52 – December 15, 2014 Also in this issue: TRANSIT TECH: Time is On Our […]

Mobility Lab Express #51 – December 1, 2014

Congress may soon restore an equivalent tax break for transit commuters that would match the current parking subsidy. Meanwhile, it’s important to point out that big businesses and small ones alike can reap rewards from offering transit benefits to employees. Mobility Lab Express #51 – December 1, 2014 Also in this issue: INFOGRAPHIC: A graphic representation of […]

Mobility Lab Express #50 – November 15, 2014

Now 50 issues and 2 years into Mobility Lab Express, we have lots to give thanks for, including: You: We started the Express e-newsletter with a list of a couple thousand people in our network. We now have triple that number of subscribers with about 30 new ones each week (and almost never any unsubscribes). Mobility Lab Express #50 – […]

Mobility Lab Express #49 – November 1, 2014

Civic leaders around the country are tackling the normally staid topics of urban planning and traffic engineering on their own terms. Read about the 6 Ways to Become Your Own City Planner. Mobility Lab Express #49 – November 1, 2014 Also in this issue: POLICY: Flying Cars Instead of Bikes? Let’s Talk Real Solutions. Now. EDUCATION: […]

Mobility Lab Express #48 – October 15, 2014

When we recently visited Roanoke, Virginia for CityWorks(X)po, we learned how Roanoke’s downtown public plaza was actually the result of a crowdsourcing project launched at (X)po in 2011. Mobility Lab Express #48 – October 15, 2014 Also in this issue: EDUCATION: Messages for Getting People to Bike Need to Be Revamped TRANSIT TECH: Building Better Online Transit Mapping for All […]

Messages for Getting People to Bike Need to Be Revamped

Veronica O. Davis thinks “bike to work” is the wrong message. “Bike advocates need to focus on recreational trips. If you start off with, hey, you should bike to work, it becomes overwhelming for a lot of people. But if you start with getting people who have access to a bike to go for a […]

Mobility Lab Express #47 – October 1, 2014

Americans took a record 10.7 billion rides on U.S. transit systems in 2013. Who exactly were these riders, and why did they choose public transit over other options? Mobility Lab Express #47 – October 1, 2014 Also in this issue: RESEARCH: Uber, Lyft May Add Convenience … And Traffic Jams EDUCATION: Strong Messages Needed to […]

Gentrification is Not a Left-Right Issue, It’s a Clash of Values

Author Ben Ross spoke at today’s Lunch At the Lab at Mobility Lab. Below are select tweets about the ways people are discussing gentrification and how it’s shaping the worlds of affordable housing, transit, and urbanism in general.

Millennials Sticking With Transit, Boomers Sticking With Cars

It seems that, when it comes to making our transportation choices, as we age, we are most likely to rebel against the ways we traveled in our youth. These are among the findings by TransitCenter in Who’s On Board: The 2014 Mobility Attitudes Survey. There is evidence that Millennials grew up in their early years under […]

Public-Transportation Attitudes Examined in Major New TransitCenter Report

Americans took a record 10.7 billion rides on U.S. transit systems in 2013. Who exactly were these riders, and why did they choose public transit over other options? A major report released today offers the latest and most comprehensive answers to this question of “changing attitudes … propelling recent ridership increases.” In Who’s On Board: […]

Strong Messages Needed to Influence America’s Seven “Transportation Types”

America has seven “transportation types,” according to a new study by TransitCenter, and these seven common attitudes should inspire more creativity for communicators and marketers aiming to help increase ridership on public transportation. You can see the seven different types in the chart to the right. Two types are not worth focusing on at all. […]

Mobility Lab Express #46 – September 15, 2014

One of our newest contributors, Jeremy Holmes, recently wrote about what it means for a place to have a “bike culture.” Mobility Lab Express #45 – September 1, 2014 Also in this issue: TRANSIT TECH: Scoring Your Commute: Driving Can Be a Very Poor Choice RESEARCH: As D.C. Ages, Inclusive Transportation Options Needed ECONOMIC PROSPERITY: Suburbanites […]

Proposals to “Trick Out Your Trip” Due Soon

How do you feel when you get to the bus stop? You say to yourself, “Where is this bus? When will it be here? Why am I standing so close to huge metal-box cars flying past me at the speed of light? Where is the shade?” Or how about the subway platform? “Is the next-train-arrival […]

Mobility Lab Express #45 – September 1, 2014

Mobility Lab is thrilled to have just helped launch the North American Bikeshare Association. Mobility Lab Express #45 – September 1, 2014 Also in this issue: RESEARCH: Suburbs – The Secret to D.C.’s Soaring Walkability? COMMUNITY DESIGN: Why Arlington (and Every Place) Needs More Protected Bike Lanes VIDEO: Transit Systems Tap Video’s Storytelling Ability to Attract, […]

Mobility Lab Express #44 – August 15, 2014

I got to explore San Francisco by bicycle over a couple of days during this month’s crucially educational Association for Commuter Transportation conference. Mobility Lab Express #44 – August 15, 2014 Also in this issue: RESEARCH: Where to Find Love? Ride Public Transportation TRANSIT TECH: Capital Bikeshare’s Regional Approach is a Winning Formula POP CULTURE: Curb Your […]

A Wiggle, Protected Lanes, and Bikeshare Bring Hope to San Francisco Bicycle Commuting

I got to explore San Francisco by bicycle over a couple of days during this month’s crucially educational Association for Commuter Transportation conference. There’s no doubt the city is a leader at promoting bike riding. However, even in San Francisco, where dozens of riders pour down the protected bike lanes of Market Street every minute […]

LinkedIn, Facebook Show How They Get Employees to Bike and Walk

The bike/pedestrian coordinators from LinkedIn and Facebook stopped by the first day of the Association for Commuter Transportation conference in San Francisco to offer tips on how their businesses work to ease traffic. “One of best things you can do is to get a couple of community bikes. People will try them and realize that […]

Mobility Lab Express #43 – August 1, 2014

All the rage this week in Washington D.C. is the opening of Metrorail’s Silver Line, with the introduction of five new stations in the Virginia portion of the system. Mobility Lab Express #43 – August 1, 2014 Also in this issue: TRAVEL/TOURISM: 5 Ways DC’s Metro Beats NY’s Subway TRANSIT TECH: Hitchhiking Goes High Tech: […]

Ballston and the Silver Line: A Big Opportunity

The new Silver Line connects the economically-crucial Dulles Corridor in Northern Virginia with the rest of the region by Metrorail. With Phase I complete, a rider can reach five new stations leading out to Reston, Virginia. One stop before the Silver Line branches off from the Orange Line to the five new stops is the […]

Bike-Walk Funding Facing Bumpy Road, Secretary Foxx Says

Bicycling is an important part of the U.S. transportation ecosystem of the future. That was the message U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx offered today as part of a National Press Club speech on the many transportation challenges faced by our partisan-gridlocked country. “True confession: I have been trying for an entire year to figure out […]

Mobility Lab Express #42 – July 15, 2014

Yes, Virginia Interstate 66 is a mess. Commuters are right to decry the congestion along this stretch of interstate, where travel times from Northern Virginia into D.C. are the longest in the region. Mobility Lab Express #42 – July 15, 2014 Also in this issue: RESEARCH: Demand-side Transportation Strategies Are Secret to Arlington’s Success RESEARCH: […]

Take a Bikeshare Ride This Fourth of July, Let Freedom Ring

(This article was originally published by Pop Culture Lunch Box.) I took a bikeshare ride in Boston on Sunday and, with Americans feeling less free these days, it makes me sad to know that one solution that is so obvious and simple is sitting right in front of our eyes. The one thing that struck me […]

Mobility Lab Express #41 – July 1, 2014

With summer’s bike-riding months in full swing, it’s important that we all start thinking a little differently about who’s out there riding all these bikes. There may have once been a social stigma about riding bikes. And there may still be in some places and with some people. But we need to collectively get over […]

How to Build an Active-Transportation Plan at Your Workplace

Employees looking to make a business case to their bosses for better workplace amenities for biking, walking, and taking public would have found a recent goDCgo event helpful. “If this is not a priority for senior management and Human Resources, make a business case, tie it to the bottom line, and prove your case. The […]

Mobility Lab Express #40 – June 15, 2014

The second-annual Innovation in Mobility Public Policy Summit took place this week, with hundreds of attendees excitedly discussing the future of transit tech and shared-use mobility. As one of the event’s co-sponsors, Mobility Lab live-blogged the event to bring you the news asap. Mobility Lab Express #40 – June 15, 2014 Also in this issue: Why Not […]

Shared-Use Mobility Industry Needs Centralized “Swat Team”

Peter Torrellas, an evangelist for efficient planning and management of infrastructure, recently took a walk around New York City with his Floridian mother who he discovered had never heard of bikeshare. While the hundreds of transportation experts in attendance at the Innovation in Mobility Public Policy Summit in Washington D.C. this week are mostly deep […]

Envision Utah Takes Conservative Approach to Better Public Transportation

Mobility Lab Director Tom Fairchild returned from a trip to Salt Lake City recently and raved to me about the public-transportation infrastructure in the big-skied, beautiful Utah capital. He had also met with a group called Envision Utah, which was the focus of Tuesday’s keynote lunch speaker at the Innovation in Mobility Public Policy Summit. […]

“Rock-Star Panel” Illuminates Future of Transportation Sharing Economy

Last year, 270 transportation experts attended the first-ever Innovation in Mobility Public Policy Summit in San Francisco, and Susan Shaheen was one of the key visionaries of that event. Shaheen’s idea was to “bring the silos of shared use together,” with the philosophy that the sum of all the carpool and ridesharing companies, government transportation […]

Mobility Lab Express #39 – June 1, 2014

Transportation options have reaped an economic bounty here where Mobility Lab is based in Arlington, Virginia. The Brookings Institution is among those finding strong correlations between public transit and economic competitiveness. Mobility Lab Express #39 – June 1, 2014 Also in this issue: Other Places Nipping at Heels of Arlington’s Transit-Oriented Development Would Protected Bike […]

Are Fearful, Lurking Parents a Reason for Uninspired Transportation Choice?

I’ve been enjoying danah boyd’s book titled It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens. She is a researcher from Microsoft, New York University and Harvard who toured the country for the past several years interviewing teens about why they seem so addicted to social media and whether they are destroying their brains and their […]

Columbia Pike Streetcar, Affordable Housing Merit Award for Arlington’s Tejada

Because of his work on the Arlington County Board to adopt of a visionary plan for the Columbia Pike corridor, the Coalition for Smarter Growth honored Walter Tejada with its Livable Communities Leadership Award on Thursday night. Tejada, at a swanky awards ceremony at Epic Studio in Washington D.C.’s Dupont Circle, told the story of […]

Mobility Lab Express #38 – May 15, 2014

In an exciting report Mobility Lab has just released with George Mason University, we recommend Arlington, Virginia stay ahead of the curve by following more international urban-planning trends rather than just those happening in other U.S. cities. Mobility Lab Express #38 – May 15, 2014 Also in this issue: 10 Rules for Construction of Good Bicycle Parking What’s Your Favorite […]

What’s Your Favorite Way to Get Around When Visiting a City?

We started a new series last week called “Mobility Lab Question of the Week,” and received an encouraging amount of feedback and an interesting mix of ideas across our many social-media channels. Here are some of our favorite replies, but first let’s review the question in this seven-second video of Mobility Lab Director Tom Fairchild: I […]

To Continue as a Leader, Arlington Must Look to Future of Transportation

Arlington, Virginia is a well-known national leader when it comes to fiscally responsible practices of transit-oriented development and transportation demand management. For many years, Arlington has primarily focused its attention on the “low-hanging fruit” of encouraging people to take Metro, bus, walk, and bicycle instead of their cars when possible. This work has been done […]

Cherry Blossom Festival, goDCgo Partnership Raises Awareness of Transportation Options

The big auto companies spend about $21 billion annually on marketing. I’m always thrown off by how much the public-transportation industry takes its potential customers for granted. It has long been assumed that people simply will or won’t use transit. But that’s a mistake. While some may argue that riding the bus, a bike, or […]

Mobility Lab Express #37 – May 1, 2014

If you are interested in developing new ideas for smart urban transportation, the Embassy of Sweden, Mobility Lab, and others are co-sponsoring a can’t-miss creative workshop on May 21. Mobility Lab Express #37 – May 1, 2014 Also in this issue: Arlington County Building High-Tech Commute-Planning Software Modeling Bikesharing in Aspen, Colorado Redefining Uber: Why the Term “Rideshare” Doesn’t […]

Amtrak One of Many Reasons to Skip the Car in D.C.

This interview with me was originally published at Amtrak’s excellent blog. Check out the articles there. They make you want to jump a train! Forgot where you left your car keys? Good! According to one transportation expert, when you visit the nation’s capital you won’t ever need them. We sat down with cycling enthusiast and Communications Director at […]

Fairchild and Mobility Lab to be Honored at Upcoming DATA Awards

Mobility Lab and Director Tom Fairchild are proud to be honored at the upcoming Dulles Area Transportation Association (DATA) 28th Anniversary Celebration. Noted by DATA Executive Director Jim Larsen as “a highlight of the evening,” the awards will recognize “outstanding achievement and support by transportation professionals and DATA partners toward accomplishing DATA’s mission of an […]

What is Needed to Educate Next Generation of Transportation Experts?

Laurie Schintler (pictured, with Mobility Lab’s Tom Fairchild) of George Mason University’s unique transportation-planning master’s program is the guest at April 23’s Mobility Lab Lunch At the Lab. Photos by M.V. Jantzen [View the story “What is Needed to Educate Next Generation of Transportation Experts?” on Storify]

Mobility Lab Express #36 – April 15, 2014

As an avid iPhone user, I have bought into the sense that Apple could literally peer into the future and deliver me technology that I never realized I would so desperately need. However, Apple’s decision to build a mammoth new headquarters in Cupertino, California – miles from public transportation and adequate housing – amounts to a corporate […]

Film Looks at Capital Bikeshare From Contemporary-Art Perspective

I was hearing some buzz around the Mobility Lab offices – where we share space with groups like Capital Bikeshare, BikeArlington, and goDCgo – about this 25-minute documentary premiering at last month’s Environmental Film Festival in Washington D.C. So I got ahold of Rebalancing filmmaker Tim Cone through the festival’s organizers to ask him some […]

“Future of Bus Transit” Examined at Lunch At the Lab

Operating a city bus system is not as simple as one might think. Some of the nuances and concerns are highlighted in this “best-of Twitter” compilation from today’s Mobility Lab event. Photo by M.V. Jantzen (Mobility Lab’s Tom Fairchild looks on as Arlington County bus experts Kay Luongo and Steve Yaffe speak at “Lunch At the […]

Mobility Lab Express #35 – April 1, 2014

People love new transportation technologies like Uber, Sidecar, and Lyft that are allowing them to get on their smartphones to quickly and conveniently hail a ride. But with that ease of use, there are several murky areas that could negatively affect the public. Mobility Lab Express #35 – April 1, 2014 Also in this edition: Columbia Pike Streetcar Would Bring […]

Mobility Lab Express #34 – March 15, 2014

A “transit premium” can increase property values by between a few percentage points and more than 150 percent. Most property owners and managers (and the business leaders who operate within buildings) can find ways to better promote and encourage a range of multi-modal options. Mobility Lab Express #34 – March 15, 2014

Parking Must Strike Fine Balance Between Drivers, Other Commuters

Today’s “Lunch At the Lab” featured Sarah Stott, Arlington County, Virginia’s parking manager. She discussed how Arlington must plan for autos while encouraging alternative modes of transportation. Here are the Twitter highlights.

Mobility Lab Express #33 – March 1, 2014

  I attended the Shared-Use Mobility Summit in San Francisco last year and came away from it with a strong sense that the conversations happening there should continue. Mobility Lab Express #33 – March 1, 2014

Public Demand, Political Will Needed for U.S. High-Speed Rail

The High-Speed Rail Summit is winding down after two days in Washington D.C. Here are some of the tweet highlights. [View the story “Public Demand, Political Will Needed for U.S. High-Speed Rail” on Storify]

Electric Bicycles Getting a Fresh Look in D.C.

If you watched the Super Bowl, you may have noticed an inordinate amount of car commercials. They showed you pristine rides along sunny coastal highways, open roads dripping with freedom, and Bob Dylan claiming that cars are America. This may still be true in parts of the country, but the reality in Washington D.C. and […]

Mobility Lab Express #32 – February 15, 2014

Making connections between modes and different transit systems requires planning and good information. Mobility Lab Express #32 – February 15, 2014

Video: What Happened at TransportationCamp DC 2014

Watch the video above to find out what people said about TransportationCamp D.C. 2014. And here are some more money quotes. “Tremendous creativity.” – Dennis Leach, Arlington County (Va.) Department of Environmental Services “People … being very candid.” “Immediacy.” – Frank Hebbert, OpenPlans “There are so many good ideas.” – Arnd Batzner, Mobility Car Sharing […]

Examining Mobility Innovations in the Sharing Economy

In an event at The Brookings Institution Wednesday hosted by the Japan International Transport Institute, Mobility Lab Director Tom Fairchild sat on an engaging panel about ridesharing, the sharing economy, and how the future of transportation needs to be shaped by both private and public enterprises. Also on the panel, entitled “Mobility Innovations in the […]

A Conversation at TransportationCamp DC: Shin-pei Tsay

TransportationCamp is growing each year and increasingly being viewed as a can’t-miss event for transportation professionals. That said, there are still people that Shin-pei Tsay of New York-based TransitCenter says “we still need to bring to the table.” “I think there’s a lot of opportunity if you can turn the industry on its head and […]

A Conversation at TransportationCamp DC: Joung Lee

In his day-to-day work as Deputy Director of Management & Program Finance at the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), Joung Lee is focused upon the: ” … crisis with the Highway Trust Fund, which is projected to run about $15 billion short every single year for at least the coming decade. And […]

Mobility Lab Express #31 – February 1, 2014

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. Mobility Lab Express #31 – February 1, 2014

The Future of Transportation: Key Insights From TransportationCamp DC 2014

What are the most cutting-edge transportation experts around the U.S. excited about? Find their answers in this video – the first of several we’ll be releasing – from this month’s TransportationCamp DC 2014 at George Mason University’s Arlington, Virginia campus. As Chris Hamilton of Arlington County Commuter Services says, “We’ve got the best minds in […]

Lunch At the Lab: Arlington Rethinking Energy Use and Transportation

Here’s a sampling of some of the most interesting Tweets from Lunch At the Lab with the Arlington Initiative to Rethink Energy (AIRE). Please scroll through them below and retweet your favorites!

Mobility Lab Express #30 – January 15, 2014

2014 has begun with a bang here at Mobility Lab. Transportation Camp. Our Metrorail ridership analysis featured in the Washington Post. And much more … Mobility Lab Express #30 – January 1, 2014

Top 10 Mobility Lab Stories of 2013

We go in a lot of directions at Mobility Lab. But – in a world with a booming population, ever-dirtier air from traffic pollution, and idealists who simply want to spend their time any other way but in traffic jams – we always bring it back to the concept of “moving people – not cars.” Within that […]

Mobility Lab Express #29 – January 1, 2014

Mobility Lab Express #29 – January 1, 2014 (Word) Happy New Year to all our transportation followers! We hope you have enjoyed our first full year of Mobility Lab Express newsletters.

Mobility Lab Express #28 – December 15, 2013

Mobility Lab Express #28 – December 15, 2013 (PDF) Over here at Mobility Lab, we have a ton of exciting things happening right now in the “transit tech” arena.

“Be There:” Mobility Lab Director’s Advice on TransportationCamp

This interview with Mobility Lab Director Tom Fairchild was originally published at the TransportationCamp blog. As TransportationCamp DC approaches, we’re reaching out to leaders and thinkers in the transportation and technology field, and asking them about what is interesting and important in the field right now. Today Ellen McDermott spoke with Tom Fairchild, Director of […]

This Video Tells You Why You Should Attend TransportationCamp

Chris Hamilton, bureau chief of Arlington County Commuter Services, says TransportationCamp is “so exciting because it’s this convergence of urbanists, people interested in transportation, and people who do technology for a living all coming together to make cities more livable by providing new tools for people to get around.” OpenPlan’s Frank Hebbert, the event’s moderator, […]

Mobility Lab Express #27 – December 1, 2013

Mobility Lab Express #27 – December 1, 2013 (PDF) I’m constantly on the look-out for the perfect, magical app that will help me get from place to place.

Video: Inspiration for a Car-Free Lifestyle

Here’s a nice short inspiring video from Arlington County’s Car-Free Diet. The initiative is all about “the easy, fun way to see how incredible it can feel to live a car-free or car-lite lifestyle. Each time you leave your car at home — choosing instead to ride ART or Metro, bike, walk or telework — you can save money, improve your health and clean […]

The Search for the Perfect, Magical Transportation App

I’m constantly on the look-out for the perfect, magical app that will help me get from place to place. Biking to work from Maryland to Virginia, as I do almost every day, I used to utilize, which helped me find the least-painful routes up the monster hills out of Takoma Park . But now […]

Video: Ray LaHood on How to Build a Better Voice for Transportation

Former U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood answers a few pressing questions from me before taking the stage for Mobility Lab’s event on October 16 called People First: The Future of Transportation in America. Promoting and educating about bike, walk, rideshare, telework, public transit … these are low- to no-cost initiatives that are key to strengthening our […]

Mobility Lab Express #26 – November 15, 2013

Mobility Lab Express #26 – November 15, 2013 (PDF) Transit’s impact on economic development was a major theme at the recent Rail-Volution conference in Seattle. King County (Washington) Executive Dow Constantine opened the conference by saying “transit is the backbone of our economy.”

Chris Zimmerman Offers Transportation Vision at Lab Lunch

An Arlington County Board member since 1996, Chris Zimmerman has been an advocate of transit-oriented development. He will soon start as vice president at Smart Growth America. Here are some tweet highlights from his “Lunch At the Lab” at Mobility Lab today. Photo by Michael Schade [View the story “Chris Zimmerman Offers Transportation Vision at […]

The Future of Transit in the U.S.: Mobility Lab’s Tom Fairchild on Al Jazeera TV

WATCH THE FULL SHOW HERE. Photos on the set of Al Jazeera America’s The Stream by Michael Schade. [View the story “The Future of Transit in the U.S.: Mobility Lab’s Tom Fairchild on Al Jazeera TV” on Storify]

Lunch At the Lab Offers View into Our Jetsons-like Transportation Future

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Mobility Lab Express #25 – November 1, 2013

Mobility Lab Express #25 – November 1, 2013 (PDF) If you haven’t already watched our two-minute video of the highlights from Ray LaHood’s news-making Mobility Lab event, wait no longer.  

LaHood Offers Suggestions for “the Future of Transportation in America”

Former U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood was the keynote speaker today at Mobility Lab’s “People First: The Future of Transportation in America.” Here are the Twitter highlights: [View the story “LaHood Offers Suggestions for “the Future of Transportation in America”” on Storify]

As Arlington Gets Denser, Planners Study How To Right-Size Parking Lots

This article was originally published by Martin Di Caro of WAMU 88.5 FM in Washington D.C. In transit-rich Arlington, parking spots in residential high-rises remain empty, even at times of “maximum capacity,” according to a new study by Arlington County Commuter Services’ Mobility Lab researchers, who will distribute their data to engineers who produce a nationwide manual […]

Mobility Lab Express #24 – October 15, 2013

Mobility Lab Express #24 – October 15, 2013 (PDF) It’s already here: tomorrow’s can’t-miss event with former Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood at George Mason University’s Arlington campus.

Health and Transportation Connect During “Lunch At the Lab”

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Mobility Lab’s Ray LaHood Event Set to Inspire Transportation Options for Americans

Bicycle advocates love Ray LaHood. And no wonder. The former Republican Congressman from Illinois and Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation doesn’t do quiet, uninspiring speeches. He’s been to five straight League of American Bicyclists’ National Bike Summits and, in 2010, he was “made famous” by jumping onto a table (see the video above) to […]

Mobility Lab Express #23 – October 1, 2013

Mobility Lab Express #23 – October 1, 2013 (PDF) Mobility Lab is thrilled to announce an event with former Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood at George Mason University’s Arlington campus Wednesday, October 16 at 10 a.m. Please register now, as we expect the event to sell out.

A Tweet Storyline From “Affordable Housing and Transportation”

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Mobility Lab Express #22 – September 15, 2013

Mobility Lab Express #22 – September 15, 2013 (PDF) Trends indicate that Americans are driving less and have diminished interest in owning a vehicle. But what happens when the transportation modes they switch to become as crowded as the highways they left?    

Mobility Lab Express #21 – September 1, 2013

Mobility Lab Express #21 – September 1, 2013 (PDF) August has faded into September, which means events and meetings are kicking back into full gear all around the Nation’s Capital.

“Lunch At the Lab” Examines How We Get to Our Healthy Food

Mobility Lab held one of our regular “Lunch At the Lab” events today. It entailed an interesting discussion about Arlington and the Washington D.C. region’s farmers markets led by Senior Nutritionist Jennifer Able of Virginia Cooperative Extension. And there were great tips from the 30 or so attendees about how one might go shopping without having to […]

The Transportation Cost-Savings Calculator: Public Health and Safety – Mental Health

Mental health is defined as a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.  Good mental health is more than the absence of a mental disorder; […]

The Transportation Cost-Savings Calculator: Public Health and Safety – Quality of the Environment

Motor vehicles cause air pollution, noise pollution, and water pollution, impacting a community’s health and resulting in higher health care costs. A Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) report suggests that air pollution from motor vehicle use costs society between $30 billion to $349 billion per year in premature death and illness caused by particulate matter.  Two-thirds […]

Mobility Lab Express #20 – August 15, 2013

Mobility Lab Express #20 – August 15, 2013 (PDF) I’ve been trying to ride my bike to work 2-3 times each week. Some weeks are better than others. While I don’t think I’ll ever be a full-time bike commuter, I have certainly come to realize a number of benefits (as well as a handful of things I […]

Video: Mary Hynes Talks About Governments and Mobility Management

Arlington County Board Member Mary Hynes was the guest speaker at Mobility Lab’s most recent “Lunch At the Lab.” She discussed her vision as a leader on multiple regional transportation organizations. Afterwards, she talked with a few Mobility Labbers about how governments can play a crucial role in helping citizens get the best possible information about […]

Mobility Lab Express #19 – August 1, 2013

Mobility Lab Express #19 – August 1, 2013 (PDF) Mobility Lab is honored to have received the top award at the annual international conference of the Association for Commuter Transportation (ACT) in recognition for our efforts to showcase the groundbreaking efforts of Arlington County Commuter Services and many others.

Mobility Lab Wins Association for Commuter Transportation’s Top Award

Arlington County’s start-up think-tank Mobility Lab received the President’s Award this morning at the Association for Commuter Transportation annual international conference in San Antonio, Texas. Born two years ago as a project of Arlington County Commuter Services, the Mobility Lab researches and creates solutions for transportation options that are cool, healthy, fun, and efficient. “This is a prestigious […]

Shifting Demand for Car Trips = Huge Savings

The Natural Resources Defense Council released a report today finding that commuters in the U.S. could save about $1,800 each year if they incorporated carpooling, public transit, or telecommuting into their daily transportation routines. By doing so, the report concludes they could reduce their total vehicle miles traveled by up to 50 percent. Howard Jennings, […]

Mobility Lab Express #18 – July 15, 2013

Mobility Lab Express #18 – July 15, 2013 (PDF) With summer in full swing, transportation agencies around the country are creating exciting campaigns to make sure drivers, pedestrians, bicyclists, and all commuters are aware of each other.

Mobility Lab Express #17 – July 1, 2013

Mobility Lab Express #17 – July 1, 2013 (PDF) Bikeshare programs are fast becoming expected urban amenities in cities around the world – symbols of thriving urban places that attract smart and creative people.

Mobility Lab Express #16 – June 15, 2013

Mobility Lab Express #16 – June 15, 2013 (PDF) It’s been a year since Mobility Lab really ramped up our efforts to get the word out about mobility management. It’s thrilling to see how many connections the topic makes to our daily lives. Just in this issue of the Express alone, we feature human rights, technology, healthcare, and […]

The Pre-School Take on Why Bikes Are Good

Today I was honored to present a session at my son’s pre-school on “Why Bikes Are Good Things.” Jackson and I drew the above poster last night. We brainstormed all the benefits of riding bikes. They are really broken into the categories of healthy, fun, transportation, economic, and environmental. So it was fun to see […]

Mobility Lab Express #15

Mobility Lab Express #15 – June 1, 2013 (PDF) We recently exhibited our Capital Bikeshare Crowdsourcing Map at the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Data Palooza event in Washington D.C. Real-time data was a common thread in discussions at the event, and USDOT’s willingness to be creative and collaborate with the private sector and challenge traditional ways of thinking bodes […]

Mobility Lab Express #14

Mobility Lab Express #14 – May 15, 2013 (PDF) Mobility Lab’s brand new Transportation Cost-Savings Calculator is featured. Our research teams are developing a calculation method to estimate, monetize, and communicate the return on investment from “transportation demand management” programs.

Author Jeff Speck and 10 Reasons to Go Car-Lite

Jeff Speck has gone from being a city planner and architectural designer to one of the world’s most-acclaimed authors on walkability in a relatively short time. The author of Suburban Nation (with Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk) and Walkable City spoke at a recent symposium sponsored by Mobility Lab and the Association of Commuter Transportation. Here are 10 […]

The Transportation Cost-Savings Calculator: Public Health and Safety – Access

Accessibility is one of the fundamental goals of transportation. Access can be increased by making destinations seem proximate by increasing awareness or by providing convenient and affordable transportation. The quality of life in a community changes significantly with the types of employment opportunities, services and amenities, educational institutions, and leisure activities that individuals are able […]

The Transportation Cost-Savings Calculator: Public Health and Safety – Safety and Security

Vehicle collisions are a leading cause of death in the U.S., especially for young adults and children. Studies have shown that the number of casualties increases with the number of miles driven per capita. Passengers on buses, light rail, and commuter rail have about one-tenth the death rate due to accidents as people in cars. […]

The Transportation Cost-Savings Calculator: Public Health and Safety – Physical Activity

At least six of the 15 leading causes of death in the U.S. in 2009 are influenced by level of physical activity: Heart disease Malignant neoplasms (cancer) Cerebrovascular diseases (stroke) Accidents (unintentional injuries) Diabetes mellitus (diabetes) Essential hypertension and hypertensive renal disease (hypertension) The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends adults get 150 […]

The Transportation Cost-Savings Calculator: Public Health and Safety

Improved public health and safety is not just a laudable community goal. There is economic value to these benefits, which is a great boon for constrained budgets in all sectors. The Mobility Lab Transportation Cost-Savings Calculator for Public Health and Safety project is: Identifying the ways that investments in “transportation demand management” influence public health and […]

Mobility Lab Express #13

Mobility Lab Express #13 – May 1, 2013 (PDF) With communities around the world realizing that shifting from a car culture to healthier alternatives, walking is increasingly becoming a real commuter choice. In the U.S., there was a 6 percent increase over the past 5 years in adults who walk for transportation, fun, or exercise, according to […]

Let’s Count the Reasons to Walk

With National Walk at Lunch Day this week, now is the perfect time to take a few seconds out of your busy day to watch this video by Everybody Walk! The Campaign to Get America Walking. And we all know that walking for 30 minutes each day is one of the simplest ways to stay […]

Mobility Lab Express #12

Mobility Lab Express #12 – April 15, 2013 (PDF) Last week’s Mobility Lab symposium, Transportation Solutions for Aging in Auto-centric America, offered successes and challenges. Finding mobility solutions for our older adult population is not easy, given that our country is built largely for the automobile.

NEWS RELEASE: Transportation Solutions Presented to Guide Seniors through Driving Retirement

ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA – The population of seniors 65 years and older in the U.S. is set to double over the next 25 years. And society – particularly our transportation systems meant to keep people mobile and active – is not prepared for this “silver tsunami.” Finding the keys to what needs to happen to prepare […]

Mobility Lab Express #11

Mobility Lab Express #11 – April 1, 2013 (PDF) “Mobility management strategies” work. For example, Airlines Reporting Corporation was recently recognized as a “bike-friendly company.” But beyond the accolades, these strategies, which are frequently very inexpensive and can usually be easy to implement, offer a lot of bang for their buck in building happy and healthy work […]

WAMU Reports on Arlington’s Commuter Successes

WAMU 88.5 FM (a Washington D.C. National Public Radio affiliate) features Mobility Lab today on both an excellent radio segment and a web feature article by knowledgeable transportation-beat reporter Martin Di Caro. Here is an excerpt. Listen and read the full article here. ——————– While the District of Columbia grapples with proposed changes to its parking […]

Mobility Lab Express #10

Mobility Lab Express #10 – March 15, 2013 (PDF) Mobility Lab has three major tenets as foundations to our work: Research, Communication, and Collaboration. Through our collaborative endeavors, we realize great things are possible when working with good partners to share knowledge, labor, and creativity. As you can see by reading this week’s Express, we have a […]

Mobility Lab Express #9

Mobility Lab Express #9 – March 1, 2013 (PDF) What room is there for mobility-management professionals if individuals can access transportation information on their mobile devices? What will be the future need for human professionals in this realm of education and encouragement? One of the many questions we ponder in this edition of Mobility Lab Express.

San Francisco Crunches Numbers on Health Benefits of Biking and Walking

Researchers from the Bay Area have quantified the public health benefits of increased biking and walking as a way to reduce greenhouse gas pollution for San Francisco and its surroundings. They found that increasing average daily walking and bicycling from 4 to 22 minutes: reduced the chances of cardiovascular disease and diabetes by 14 percent […]

Mobility Lab Express #8

Mobility Lab Express #8 – February 15, 2013 (PDF) Much of the discussion happening now in state houses across the country focuses on raising enough revenue for skyrocketing highway maintenance and construction costs to accommodate projections for ever increasing automobile travel. However, we believe that we cannot simply (and expensively) pave our way out of the traffic […]

Maryland Mandatory Bike-Helmet Law Would Make Streets Less Safe

[Editor’s note: This article is republished at care2, where there is a slew of interesting conversation happening in the comments section about the mandatory bike helmet issue. Please check it out and weigh in with your voice.] The research tells us that mandatory bicycle-helmet laws are, perhaps counter-intuitively, a very bad idea when the hope […]

On-Time Arrival App Wins Contest, and You Will Never Miss Another Flight

The creators of a nifty, high-tech airport-arrival app in development won this year’s first-ever “Six-Minute Pitch” competition at the Transportation Research Board (TRB) 92nd Annual Meeting. I recently had the opportunity, while they were basking in their victorious glory, to ask co-developers Robert Rodden and Susan Paulus a few questions. Tell me about your app. It’s called […]

Mobility Lab Express #7

Mobility Lab Express #7 – February 1, 2013 (PDF) Mobility Lab began less than two years ago as a start-up focused on better transportation options that in turn create better lifestyles. We have a come a long way and are proud that our list of contributors keeps growing. This issue celebrates them.

Paid Social Media Intern

Mobility Lab is seeking a paid, part-time intern (up to 30 hours per week, $15 per hour) from now until June 30 to advance our social-media delivery, effectiveness, and impacts. We are seeking a candidate with proven experience in social media to learn about us, align that with an inventory of our social-media needs, and […]

Transit Riders Need to Demand Better Real-Time Departure Information

Kurt Raschke, a frequent collaborator on Mobility Lab technology programs, and Chris Barnes of (on the right) were leaving a session at TransportationCamp DC on how to improve real-time transit information when Mobility Lab TV‘s cameras caught up with them. Kurt was concerned about transit agencies losing faithful customers when their real-time bus and train […]

Mobility Lab Express #6

Mobility Lab Express #6 – January 15, 2013 (PDF) This issue features the 2nd Annual TransportationCamp DC, held this past Saturday. With just about every one of the 300-plus people in attendance agreeing that the event was phenomenal, there is little reason to cover much else this issue.

What Goes On at TransportationCamp: The Videos

A taste of last year’s TransportationCamp Washington DC. Be sure and check out all the details about this year’s event here. First up, Lilly Shoup from the U.S. Department of Transportation organized a session called Transportation Policy 101, which consisted mostly of the very “unconference” format of chatting with like-minded people without the formalities of […]

Mobility Lab Express #5

Mobility Lab Express #5 – January 1, 2013 (PDF) Entering 2013, there are a lot of questions on Capitol Hill in regards to transportation policy. How will the fiscal cliff affect transit funding? What directions will the new leadership of the House Transportation Committee take? How can officials implement bikesharing systems more formally into their […]

Tell Congress That Transit Riders are At Least Equal to Car Commuters

UPDATE: On January 1, 2013, legislation was passed averting the so-called ‘fiscal cliff’ (HR 8). Included was a provision that will once again re-establish parity between the parking and transit benefits at $240/month. This increase is effective immediately and is set to expire at the end of 2013. Read more here. A great perk for people […]

Mobility Lab Express #4

Mobility Lab Express #4 – December 15, 2012 (PDF) This issue, we look inside the Mobility Lab Toolbox, which provides insight into how Arlington County, Virginia and Washington D.C. have implemented transportation-oriented development that works and can easily be replicated.  

Biking, Walking and New Plans for Improving Quality of Life: Fun Facts and Tweets

Mobility Lab and some of our partners like goDCgo, Arlington Transportation Partners, and BikeArlington were very busy tweeting at an excellent event today called Conquering the Commute: Solutions for Washington Transit, held by the Washington Post. Here is a sampling of the some of the best information we gathered (and tweeted about) from the panel on “Biking, Walking and […]

Riding the Rails and Catching the Bus: Fun Facts and Tweets

Mobility Lab and some of our partners like goDCgo, Arlington Transportation Partners, and BikeArlington were very busy tweeting at an excellent event today called Conquering the Commute: Solutions for Washington Transit, held by the Washington Post. Here is a sampling of the some of the best information we gathered (and tweeted about) from the panel […]

Mixed Use and High Density are the Cures for Phoenix’s Traffic Ills – Arizona DOT

What’s really interesting in a new Arizona Department of Transportation report is not the finding that higher-density metro areas in Phoenix are less congested and traffic clogged than car-dependent outlying suburbs. No, the most important aspect of the report may be the crucial recommendations located way at the back between pages 216 and 219. “Land Use […]

Travel Alternatives to Driving Improve Our Health, Air, and Finances – Environmental Health

We all know that driving is not exercise, and that it’s not healthy for us or good for the environment. But, surprisingly, there had never been a study that actually looked at the CO2 air pollution resulting from active commuting (like bicycling or walking to work) compared to car commuting. The latest issue of the […]

Affordable Housing Needed in Areas With Transit Access to Jobs – Brookings Institution

People in the Washington D.C. region who can afford to live in pricier neighborhoods with the best transit access save a lot of money because of the many economic benefits of options like trains, buses, bikeshare, and walkability. Problem is … the people who most need the inexpensiveness of transit don’t live close enough to […]

Transportation Options Lead to Energy Efficiency and Profits

Transportation is a crucial element in developers’ quests to reach lucrative environmental standards with construction and renovation of their buildings. This was the theme of Thursday’s LEED/Transportation Symposium at Founders Hall on the campus of George Mason University’s Arlington campus. Slideshow presentations from the event More photos from the event Quickly moving past the acronyms […]

Mobility Lab Express #3

Mobility Lab Express #3 – December 1, 2012 (PDF) Highlighting some of the great stories from Hack Day, this month’s Mobility Lab Express is focused on key connections between transportation options and technological choice.

Planners Tackle Traffic Congestion to Fort Meade – WAMU 88.5

Planners are looking for ways to improve the commute for the more than 56,000 people who currently work at Fort Meade in central Maryland. A top transportation planner at Fort Meade says there are a couple possible strategies to consider to reduce regional traffic congestion. One would be to build major highways at an estimated cost […]

Mobility Lab Express #2

Mobility Lab Express #2 – November 15, 2012 (PDF) This issue of Mobility Lab Express is focused on key connections between transportation options and energy and the environment.

Home Values Higher in Bikable Neighborhoods – League of American Bicyclists

There have been many good recent studies lately on how bikable, walkable areas create “activity centers” that improve real-estate values. And it is worth remembering that those values are increased not just for commercial properties but also for homes. At the back of a new report called Bicycling Means Business by the League of American […]

Buildings and Transportation Closely Linked in Fight for Energy Efficiency

Transportation is a major factor in the nation’s ongoing struggle to become energy efficient. Even within the context of buildings, which create a whopping 72 percent of our energy consumption, transportation plays a key role. Transportation-related measures are some of the lowest hanging fruit for developers seeking to reach the U.S. Green Building Council’s cherished […]

Bikeshare Bag Given Away to Promote Upcoming LEED/Transportation Event

We’re happy to announce that Michael O’Hara of Bohler Engineering won a Capital Bikeshare bag that Mobility Lab was giving away on Friday at the Arlington Economic Development Real-Estate Showcase at Artisphere in Rosslyn, Virginia. Mobility Lab held an exhibit at the event to help promote our upcoming LEED/Transportation Symposium, which is coming up on […]

Commuters Use Online Carpooling to Comply With Post-Sandy Road Rules – Mashable

It’s unfortunate that it takes a disaster the scale of Superstorm Sandy to get people to consider ridesharing. It’s also unfortunate that when they need to get somewhere after a tragedy, they don’t have quick options at their fingertips. An article in Mashable details how drivers needing to get into Manhattan are now scrambling to find […]

Mobility Lab Express #1

Mobility Lab Express #1 – November 1, 2012 (PDF) The first issue of Mobility Lab Express is focused on how transportation options can lead to economic prosperity, especially when integrated with intelligent land use and design.

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. […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

7 Disadvantages to Telecommuting – Online Business Degree

Following up on our telework series from a couple of months ago, Online Business Degree has a handy guide that looks at the 7 Disadvantages to Telecommuting. The article notes that about 10 percent of workers telecommute at least once a week, and the percentage is expected to “increase dramatically” over the next five years. So articles […]

Green Transport at Heart of Sustainable Campus – Transport Research Library

Eighty-four percent of Princeton University’s staff drives to work, but even though there will be up-front costs, the university has decided it will be more economic in the long run to get their commuters out of their cars, especially if they drive alone. There is a push for students and faculty to be aware of […]

Could Parking Lot Walkways Point the Way to Walkable Redevelopment? – The Atlantic Cities

“Articulated pedestrian walkways to and within large suburban parking lots” should have been standard practice a long time ago, note Kaid Benfield of The Atlantic Cities and John Wirtz of Xing Columbus. Such a design could make it easier for bicyclists and pedestrians to get from place to place and store to store whereas now […]

Why Isn’t Bike-Share Reaching More Low-Income People? – Streetsblog Capitol Hill

This is a great question that Angie Schmitt addresses at Streetsblog Capitol Hill and one we hope to address more over time here at Mobility Lab. The article notes that Washington D.C. is slightly ahead of the (admittedly) sorry pack in beginning to offer better services for low-income people who don’t use bikeshare programs proportionally. A […]

Mobility Lab and ACT TDM Certification Process

The following documents are intended for members of ACT (the Association of Commuter Transportation) who are preparing for the TDM Certification process. TDM Certification Program Overview Sub Committee Structure and Descriptions Planning schools Copy of Certification Program Task and Topic Area Analysis August 2012

Hipsters a Valuable Part of Sustainable Transportation Trends

While visiting the H Street Festival northeast of Union Station in Washington DC last weekend, it was apparent that hipster culture is booming and that many sideline hipsters like myself are more than open to exploring the hipster part of town. Rumor has it that the festival expanded from 35,000 to 65,000 attendees from last […]

Business Leaders Keep Crystal City Rolling with the Times and Relevant

Crystal City, Virginia, located across the Potomac River from Washington DC, provides an interesting example of how key investments can shape “activity centers” into more dynamic and successful communities. This is republished from our partners over at the Metropolitan Washington Council of Government’s Region Forward. Major redevelopment in the 1960s transformed Crystal City’s industrial landscape […]

Building “Place” is the Means to Economic Prosperity for Communities

Community leaders nationwide need to recognize that “place” is their most valuable asset. The most effective way to maintain or build economic prosperity is to protect the character, uniqueness, and history of our towns. This was the message from Parris Glendenning – a board member of Smart Growth America and former Maryland governor – this […]

Real-Estate Market Has Shifted from Suburban to Walkable Urban

Home-buyers in the Washington DC region will now pay 71 percent more for a home in a walkable area than one in the drive-only suburbs. This is among the wealth of new findings in a report released this week that examines 43 “walkUPs” – or walkable, urban places – in the region, and how they […]

NFL Kickoff: Ranking Football’s Most Accessible Stadiums

I love going to NFL football games. Going to the Ravens’ stadium to see my beloved Pittsburgh Steelers is something I do nearly every year. Getting there from anywhere in Baltimore is easy by transit, and the parking lots south of the stadium are located in a way that I can get right onto the […]

Choose Your Own Commuting Adventure

Mobility Lab works closely with several partners, and one of them is Arlington Transportation Partners (ATP), which has put together a cute series of short videos that will hopefully help commuters give more thought to how they get to work each day. The four videos show a group of coworkers figuring out how to simplify […]

Calgary’s Natural Beauty is Most Apparent by Bicycle and Foot

Before heading out to Banff in Alberta for a long-planned family vacation in the Canadian Rockies, I had about four hours to kill in Calgary before my wife and son’s flight arrived. So, like I do in all new cities I visit, I headed downtown to take a bikeride and walk around some too. Using […]

Why Car Traffic and Free Parking are Bad for Campuses

College campuses are one of the few havens left in the United States where traffic and exhaust-spewing cars are not so overwhelming. After all, remember those days of walking across the grassy quad or having a coffee in a peaceful nook with classmates and clear skies? There are countless reasons for minimizing vehicle traffic at […]

Walking in Savannah: An Experience That Deserves Promotion

Walking Magazine has already named Savannah, Georgia “one of the top 10 walking cities in America.” And having just returned from the Association of Commuter Transportation annual conference, I was surprised to do a little a research and find that the charming southern city has such a low “car-dependent” Walk Score of 47 out of […]

Experts in Health, Transportation, Environment Need to Partner Up

We, the American public, have boxed ourselves into habitual styles of living, and it doesn’t have to be that way, said Dr. Richard Jackson of the UCLA School of Public Health during his keynote speech at the annual conference of the Association of Commuter Transportation, this year in Savannah, Georgia. Luckily, he said that the younger […]

“Riding Alone” is a Hard Habit to Break, But Well Worth Trying

“When you ride alone, you ride with Hitler!” It was the tagline on a provocative government-backed poster that kicked off the history of a profession that is focused on getting people out of the habit of driving alone and showing that there are better, healthier, and more efficient and fun options. World War II, in […]

Olympic Flame Will Hopefully Burn Calories From UK’s Obesity Rate

The 2012 Summer Olympics is a great opportunity to educate the world on the dangers of obesity. The host country England, along with the U.S., are two of the most obese nations in the world. They are also, interestingly, both pretty low on the “active transportation” scale, as highlighted in this chart. In London’s sprawling […]

Federal Transportation Bill Funds at Static 80/20 Highway/Transit Split

I’ve been reading a lot about the recent passage of the federal transportation bill. The more and more I read, the more amazed I am at how little we spend to maintain, repair, and replace our country’s aging and outdated infrastructure. The best layman’s break-down of funding I’ve found comes from Dan Malouff, a planner […]

Want Your Employees to Stay Healthier? Invest in Showers and Bike Parking

Employees in the Washington D.C. region are more likely to bicycle to work if they have access to showers and bike parking, according to a new article in the journal Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment. Seems logical to me. One of the best parts about bicycling, especially on these unbearably hot Washington D.C. […]

Mobility Celebrities Embrace Bikes (Yay), But Set Bad Examples

It’s wonderful that bicycling for the purpose of commuting, saving gas, not polluting, and staying physically fit is taking on a life of its own, especially in traffic-congested places like New York City, Washington DC, Los Angeles, and Portland. And more and more celebrities are heeding the call to bike, hence our new regular feature […]

Employers Will Need to Shift Job Opportunities as Suburb Demographics Change

Transportation is a fundamental requirement of human life. That’s why a new report about “the suburbanization of jobs” from the Brookings Institution is so disheartening. It finds that “the typical job is accessible to only about 27 percent of its metropolitan workforce by transit in 90 minutes or less. The suburbanization of jobs obstructs transit’s […]

Telework Series Part 4: Earn an Extra $8,000 Per Year!

This is the last in a four-part series about the state of telework. The previous installments are here, here, and here. This part looks at the various signs of hope for telework’s future. The series is based on my interview with Chuck Wilsker, who is a member of The Mobility Collaborative, consisting of some of […]

Mobility Celebrities: The Dark Knight Rides Again

In honor of tomorrow’s opening of The Dark Knight Rises, the summer’s biggest movie blockbuster opening, here we have Batman and pals biking to save the world. Good to see they’ve realized that biking through traffic can often be a huge time-saver! And below is another great Batman-on-a-bike rendering courtesy of the Mike Joos Mountain […]

Telework Series Part 3: Gas Prices Are No Longer an Issue

This is the third in a four-part series about the state of telework. Parts 1 and 2 are here and here. This part looks at how telework relates to gas prices, and the final part will examine various signs of hope for telework’s future. The series is based on my interview with Chuck Wilsker, who […]

Top 10 Trends for Getting Around New York City

On a vacation with my family to New York City this past weekend, I noticed many more nice ways to get around care-free than there has been in years past. The sheer amount of bicyclists was clearly the most obvious trend, and the city appears very geared up and ready for the Citi Bike bikeshare program launch […]

Telework Series Part 2: A Tip for Companies, Employers to Make Big Money

This is the second in a four-part series about the state of telework. Part 1, about some of the roadblocks in place for teleworking, is here. This part looks at how telework benefits employers, and the next parts will be about how it relates to gas prices, and various signs of hope for telework’s future. […]

Telework Series Part 1: Work is Something You Do, Not Someplace You Go

This is the first in a four-part series about the state of telework. It looks at why an idea as great as sliced bread hasn’t reached its full potential. Subsequent parts of the series will examine how telework benefits employers, how it relates to gas prices, and various signs of hope for telework’s future. The […]

Arlington’s Commuter Store® Helping Mobilize Entire DC Region

More than half of first-time visitors to The Commuter Store® make some kind of change in how they get around the DC region. And 75% of The Commuter Store® customers live outside of Arlington County – which operates the four locations and one mobile store – showing that the service is truly benefiting the entire […]

Can Our Healthcare be Improved through the Transportation Budget?

Congress tends to think about things in separate buckets. It’s either a funding concern about the environment, transportation, healthcare, the economy. These issues tend not to be considered or funded together or holistically. But the best way to think about transportation, for example, probably isn’t to consider what we need to do about our roads. […]

Citizens Make Big Impact with Low-cost Bus Stop Seating

A really good “transit trend” article from our friend Matt Caywood at Greater Greater Washington is worth reprinting here.  For weary bus riders, especially seniors and people with disabilities, comfortable seating at bus shelters is a necessity. Even while many governments expand bus service, they often regard seating as an unaffordable or unneeded luxury. In one […]

Mobility Celebrities: Jack Black Builds Bike Safety on Facebook

The other day, musician and movie star Jack Black (his new film, Bernie, is well worth watching) posted this photo on his Facebook page. As of Wednesday morning, it has more than 16,000 “likes,” more than 700 comments, and nearly 500 “shares.” That got me thinking, while I was in the shower after my bicycle […]

BikeArlington Brings Legomania to Bicycle Safety

Thing I love today: BikeArlington‘s new public-service announcement. If this 38-second video (produced in association with Sean Kenney’s Art with Lego Bricks) doesn’t get you to follow the bicycle rules of the road, I don’t know what will. The video is part of Arlington County’s Car-Free Diet and Be a PAL safety campaign.

Planning Your Bike Trip Around Nation’s Capital is About to Get Even Easier

Do you want to know which bike routes through the city are the most simple, have the best surface, have the fewest hills to climb, and are the safest? These are among the final touches being added to an online DC bicycle trip planner crowdsourced by a group of bike and open-source data hackers. They […]

Capital Bikeshare User Survey Featured on Fox News, Other Outlets

Great feature segment from Fox 5 DC as a result of yesterday’s release of the Capital Bikeshare user survey, held in The Mobility Lab (pictured below). For more news coverage, go here and here. And for the press release and survey report, go here.  

White Paper #1 – Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride and the Long-Term Impact of the Rising Price of Gas

The Mobility Collaborative’s first white paper discusses the impact of rising gas prices on household budgets and travel behavior. Research and previous behaviors suggest that price increases alone are not going to be enough to change how people think about mobility. The Mobility Collaborative discusses the myth frequently believed by both the general public and […]

About The Mobility Collaborative

The Mobility Collaborative is a think tank focused on creating mobility access for the next generation of communities. It was initially convened by Arlington County, Virginia, and is comprised of recognized national and international thought-leaders who offer informed perspectives on some major forces shaping 21st century metropolitan communities. The focus of the collaborative is on […]

New Survey Finds Capital Bikeshare Users Drive Less and Save Big

Capital Bikeshare members save an average of $891 per year and collectively reduce their driving miles by 5 million per year. These are just some of the findings from an extensive report released today regarding the annual survey of members of the regional bikesharing program. The report contains detailed insight into how people are using Capital […]

Americans Want Sidewalks, Energy Efficiency, Transit … And Are Willing to Do Something About It!