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 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.

Bringing transportation options to small and mid-sized cities

Quality transit, abundant ride-hailing apps, and quick-trip bikeshare systems are largely assumed to be the province of big cities, but small and mid-sized cities are getting in on the game too. That was the takeaway at a workshop during this week’s Shared Mobility Summit in Chicago titled, “Scaling Shared Mobility in Small to Mid-sized Cities.”… Read more »

How does actual sharing fit into the sharing economy?

It’s safe to say that, in 2016, the sharing economy has gone mainstream. What’s funny about this is that what most people are referring to when we talk about this segment of the economy has little to do with sharing. I was thinking about this while I rode my hotel’s “shared bicycle” ($22 for four hours)… Read more »

Pittsburgh emerging as a transportation leader, still has work ahead

Pittsburgh’s time to shine has come. The city has been thrust into the national spotlight, viewed by many transportation leaders as one of the nation’s promising blueprints for how cities can finally do transportation well. But while visiting Pittsburgh last week, I had the chance to put Pittsburgh in context with what people outside of town… Read more »

Transit is 10-times safer than driving – and makes communities safer, says new APTA report

If you truly cared about safety, you would stop driving your car right now and jump aboard transit. That is the underlying recommendation of a study released today by the American Public Transit Association, with help from the Victoria Transport Policy Institute. The latest data certainly backs up APTA’s numbers. According to the U.S. Department… Read more »

Watch and learn: What transit agencies can pick up from other industries

Public transportation could learn key messaging lessons from unlikely places The public transportation industry needs a “brand rehabilitation,” and educating people about transportation options is a huge part of that recovery. With so many positive elements in transit and non-driving transportation options – community-building, productivity, healthiness, cost savings, stress reduction – it should be a… Read more »

Improving safe routes to school through champions for open data

The following post is based on a presentation to a Safe Routes to School National Partnership webinar, “Harnessing the Power of Data to Support Kids Walking and Biking.” The accompanying slides and the webinar recording can be found here. In the United States, cities build all kinds of new infrastructure when it’s time to host… Read more »

Three weeks in, Portland’s Biketown bikeshare proving popular and easy to use

The brand-new Biketown system in Portland, Ore., is already taking off, and a tour of its offerings shows a unique system that improves the transportation options of locals and visitors alike. It’s great for transportation geeks because it automatically provides detailed data about one’s rides. It’s great for those who want to sightsee because stations are… Read more »

Even in Silicon Valley, people need to be educated about transportation options

The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority in northern California is considering cutting all bus service in Palo Alto other than two lines that connect to San Jose. But instead of focusing on its stated goal of increasing ridership and revenue, the VTA would be wise to invest in transportation demand management, including tweaking its bus… Read more »

REI knows that free Capital Bikeshare rides is sound business strategy

For business owners, embracing bicycle and pedestrian traffic – not to mention transit access – should be a better business strategy than getting car traffic to their locations. Realty companies understand this, and they should know better than most. But REI, the outdoor-adventure store, is taking this fact to the highest level: it is offering… Read more »

Analysis of military base travel choices leads to improved pedestrian connections, more transportation options

Arlington’s work to improve military base transportation options gets top marks Look at a map of Arlington County, Virginia, and it’s easy to see just how much of it is covered by Arlington National Cemetery and the crescent moon-shaped Fort Myer-Henderson Hall military base on its western border. But, considering Arlington’s wide array of public… Read more »

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