Stephen Crim

Stephen CrimStephen Crim, Research Director

Stephen Crim is Research Director at Mobility Lab. An urban planner at heart, he is passionate about improving travel options that reduce automobile dependence. His prior transportation work included serving as a researcher, writer, and board member for Ride New Orleans, a transit-advocacy organization. His other professional experience includes work as a business consultant to the gambling and hospitality industries, as well as non-profit community planning on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

He has honed skills in geographic information systems (GIS) analysis and cartography in work on topics as diverse as transit-service availability, casino-revenue projections, and site-plan review.  Other professional interests include mathematical modeling, economic-impact analysis, transportation infrastructure planning, and natural-habitat restoration.

When not at work, Stephen enjoys riding his bike, and following the maxim “Be a New Orleanian wherever you are.” Stephen holds a master’s degree in city planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a bachelor of arts from New York University.

Highway congestion, America’s Soviet bread line problem, needs a price

How are America’s roadways like Soviet bread lines? Both are crowded and time-consuming because individuals aren’t paying the right value for the things they want. Congestion pricing offers a solution. In the middle of the 20th century, on both sides of the Iron Curtain, people saw healthy doses of propaganda about the material benefits that… Read more »

A closer look at who bikes to work in Arlington

Last month, the District Department of Transportation released a map, broken down by census tract, of how many people commuted by bike in Northwest D.C. as part of its presentation on a proposed protected bike lane in Shaw. In a blog post over at BikeArlington, our Research Director Stephen Crim took a similar look at Arlington County’s commuting habits… Read more »

Capital Bikeshare Member Survey, 2014

The 2014 Capital Bikeshare Member Survey is the third edition of a survey of members with the Washington region’s Capital Bikeshare system. With more than 350 stations across the District of Columbia, Arlington County (VA), the City of Alexandria (VA), and Montgomery County (MD) at  the time of writing, thousands of the region’s residents and… Read more »

Transportation Agencies: Focus Less on Telework

When I first moved to Washington D.C., I shared an apartment with a graduate-school classmate and her husband. Every Wednesday, he would leave for his job and I would leave for mine, but she would stay behind, and start work by sitting down on the couch and remotely logging in to her office computer. There… Read more »

New Regional Study Details How Commuters Get To and From Arlington

What proportion of commuters to and from Arlington regularly drive alone, bike, walk, take transit, carpool or vanpool, or telework? The high-level answer to that question is that, of the 131,300 employed Arlington residents, about 53.3 percent who commute from a home in Arlington usually drive alone, while about 55.3 percent of the 180,300 people… Read more »

Regional State of the Commute Survey 2013, Arlington Analysis

Every three years, Commuter Connections, the regional transportation demand management (TDM) program of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, commissions a survey of workers in the Washington, DC region in order to understand commute behavior, commute satisfaction, and awareness of TDM programs. In addition to the results that Commuter Connections publishes for the region, Mobility… Read more »

When Parking Prices Are Based on Demand, Everybody Wins

(This article was originally published by Greater Greater Washington.) When San Francisco let parking prices fluctuate with demand, drivers found it easier and faster to find parking. The city maximized its valuable curb parking spaces and modestly sped up buses. These are some of the results from a recently-released evaluation of SFpark, a pilot program that started in… Read more »

Metrorail Commuters Could Lose Up to $115 Each Month, Starting Now, Thanks to Congress

[Editor’s note: Be sure to check out the Washington Post’s feature article and excellent Metro rider calculator both created in a close collaboration with Mobility Lab’s Research Director Stephen Crim. Great work, Stephen!] It’s 2014, and Congressional inaction on keeping the transit-benefit cap at $245 could cost the riders who make over 700,000 daily trips… Read more »

“Riders Love Arlington Transit, Want More of It”

As Arlington residents, employees, and visitors have grown accustomed to transit in the county, they have come to embrace it, and, having enjoyed it, they want more of it. At least, that’s one takeaway from a recent survey of nearly 3,000 Arlington Transit (ART) riders. According to the survey, ART riders are happy with the… Read more »

Arlington Transit (ART) Ridership Study 2013

The Arlington Transit (ART) Ridership Study is a regular assessment of who ART’s customers are, how they use ART bus service, their satisfaction with current service, and changes that ART could make to improve that satisfaction. The study had the following objectives: Determine characteristics of bus use, such as frequency of transit use, route utilization,… Read more »

Walkability, Parking, and TDM Influence Whether You Drive

This article was originally published by Greater Greater Washington.  Arlington has tried to reduce traffic by clustering development around transit and using transportation demand management (TDM) programs to raise awareness of alternatives to driving. According to a new study of residential buildings, it’s working. We found that regardless of age or whether a building is… Read more »

TOD Reduces Vehicle Trips: 2008 TCRP Study Looks at 17 Residential Buildings Nationwide

A 2008 Transit Cooperative Research Program study found that housing in transit-oriented development (TOD) produces fewer vehicle trips than suggested by standards from the Institute for Traffic Engineers (ITE), and the authors conclude that regulators should lower parking ratios, as well as transportation impact fees, for residential TODs, in general. Authors G. B. Arrington of the… Read more »

Hispanic Marketing Study 2013

Arlington County Commuter Services (ACCS) recognizes that the Hispanic/Latino population is a significant market for the County’s outreach and transportation-demand-management (TDM) efforts. Reaching this important segment requires more than simply translating existing materials into Spanish.  Rather, it requires understanding the unique information needs for creation of effective communications and messaging. To better meet the unique… Read more »

Residential Building Transportation Performance Monitoring Study

The Residential Transportation Performance Monitoring Study is an aggregate analysis of 16 individual transportation performance monitoring studies conducted at high-density residential buildings in Arlington. Building-level studies provided information about travel and parking behaviors in residential buildings where transportation demand management (TDM) services are provided by Arlington County Commuter Services (ACCS).

New Census Data: Arlington Residents Continue Using High-Efficiency Modes for Commuting

The 2012 American Community Survey Data show numerical changes in the way Arlingtonians get to work, but the differences are not statistically significant. Yesterday, the Census Bureau released new American Community Survey (ACS) data for 2012. Between 2011 and 2012, Arlington residents maintained their high rates of biking, walking, and transit use, with small percentage… Read more »

Congestion Isn’t Just About Highways

This article was originally published by Greater Greater Washington. 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? In the United States, we usually focus on gridlock and time lost while driving,… Read more »

“HOT or Not”? UMN Study Investigates Driver Behavior with Priced Lanes

A study of the dynamically priced High Occupancy Toll (HOT) lanes on Minnesota’s Interstates 394 and 35W show that when toll-lane prices go up, more drivers enter, contrary to what one would expect. The MnPASS High Occupancy Toll (HOT) lanes installed on Minnesota’s I-394 and I-35W (in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area) have been of interest… Read more »

Factors that Influence Travel Behavior: Concise Summary from Washington State DOT Report

Looking for a quick primer on the range of factors that researchers have found to be influential in determining mode choice and travel behavior? Section 2 of a new report, “Tools for Estimating VMT Reductions from Built Environment Changes” from the Washington State Department of Transportation provides a concise consideration of demographic and “built-environment” factors…. Read more »

ACCS Making an Impact FY2013

By making it easier for people to switch from driving alone to taking transit, walking, biking, carpooling and vanpooling, Arlington County Commuter Services (ACCS) reduced traffic in Arlington by about 41,100 vehicle trips on the average workday in FY13, saving 30,200 gallons of gasoline and reducing CO2 emissions by 682,267 lbs. Here, we present highlights… Read more »

Initial Findings from the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board’s 2013 “State of the Commute” Study

The National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board (part of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments or “MWCOG”) has begun analyzing data from its 2013 “State of the Commute” study. Analysis shows that teleworking is growing in popularity around the region, and that the Federal government, through its telework policies, is leading the way. Preliminary results … Read more »

Arlington Support of Regional Transit Projects Key to Job Growth

Arlington County sits at the center of a regional transportation network that spans three states, multiple counties, independent cities, and extensive federal land holdings. As we all face the challenge of improving aging and congested infrastructure, Arlington especially needs to reach across borders and promote transit projects elsewhere in order to serve its growing population… Read more »

Arlington is Booming, And Traffic Fantastically Remains at 1970s Levels

Science fiction fans will recognize this plot line. A woman travels into the past, telling her ancestors about her reality in the future, only to be called a lunatic because of the incredible nature of what she is saying. Anyone who lives and works in 2013 Arlington, Virginia might be met with the same reaction… Read more »

ACCS Making an Impact FY2012

On the average workday in FY 2012, Arlington County Commuter Services (ACCS) reduced traffic in Arlington by about 44,000 trips by helping people switch from driving alone to taking transit, carpooling, vanpooling, walking, or biking. Eliminating these trips also eliminates over 757,400 miles of travel each business day, which means a savings of about 31,500… Read more »

Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride and the Long-Term Impact of the Rising Price of Gas

This 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. Here, we discuss the common myth (held by both the general public and those in the transit… Read more »

Transportation System Efficiency

Transportation system efficiency reduces congestion on roads, resulting in less time in traffic and more time with family, recreation. It also means reduced cost of road improvements. Roads really take a beating from heavy and constant traffic. But fewer cars means fewer road projects like street widening, and less road maintenance. That saves money for… Read more »

Quality of Life

Mobility is intrinsically related to the perception of quality of life. Mobility management programs increase access to services, communities, and destinations. They enhance the quality of life and vibrancy of neighborhoods. Savings in travel time means more time to pursue interests and hobbies. Making a wise choice among our mobility options keep us from wasting time… Read more »

Other Benefits

Indirect benefits of increased mobility and ease of travel are more difficult to pinpoint. However, they can make a difference in the attitude of  residents, employees, and visitors. They can help to develop a sense of confidence about a place. Increased flexibility, choice, and sense of control during travel can boost morale and make a trip seem more comfortable…. Read more »

Environmental Quality

Using a more sustainable mode of transportation helps you to save the environment while saving you gas money! Mobility management programs in Arlington helped reduce the consumption of over 7 million gallons of gas by single‐occupant vehicles in FY 2011. With gas prices at an average of $3.50 per gallon, that was over $25 million… Read more »

Economic Vitality and Fiscal Responsibility

How do transportation demand management programs help to foster a strong business climate? Businesses operate more efficiently and enjoy greater productivity, delivery time reliability, and business continuity due to the efficiency and costs savings in transportation. Businesses flourish due to ease of employee commutes, access to clients, better employee attendance and morale, and better recruitment and retention of… Read more »

National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board Carshare Survey, 2008

As described in the report’s abstract: This document provides results of an analysis of regional carsharing services conducted for the Commuter Connections program administered by the TPB at the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments. Several entities in the region were interested in learning more about the experiences of carshare users and the impact carsharing has… Read more »

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