Chris Hamilton

Commentary
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Streets and Sidewalks Should Be Used to Improve Our Health

Thursday, July 9, 2015 12:27 PM

Streets and sidewalks take up 25 to 50 percent of a typical U.S. city’s land. New York City, for example, is on the lower end of that scale at 28 percent and Chicago (42 percent), Washington D.C. (43) and Portland, Oregon (47) are at the higher end. This, believe it or not, presents a huge […]






by Chris Hamilton
Mobility Lab Releases
Data Dudes

Transportation Agencies: Open Your Data Now

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 10:21 AM

An important tactic for transportation agencies to balance traveler demand on roads and transit is to give people the tools and information they need to make smart choices about how they get around. One such tool is rideshare matching – providing commuters with potential carpool or vanpool matches based on origin, destination, and time of […]






by Chris Hamilton
Community Design
Mayor Vincent Gray

Cities Must Understand Bikeshare Is Transit

Friday, April 17, 2015 10:52 AM

Bikeshare systems either have to make it on their own or be subsidized like the rest of the transportation system. This difference of opinion within the bikeshare industry was recently brought to light by an article at NextCity.org entitled San Antonio Bikeshare Threatens to Close Without Major Sponsor. But it isn’t such a black or white […]






by Chris Hamilton
How To
SuperHeroes

Infrastructure Money Tight? Do Better Bus Marketing

Friday, March 6, 2015 2:08 PM

If cities want to reduce the need for expensive infrastructure improvements, they should brand and market their buses better, according to New York Times conservative commentator Josh Barro. Citing a 2009 report from the Federal Transit Administration, he notes there is evidence to believe that transit agencies could attract more discretionary or choice riders if […]






by Chris Hamilton
Community Design
Foxx and Garcetti

Flying Cars Instead of Bikes? Let’s Talk Real Solutions. Now.

Thursday, October 23, 2014 11:18 AM

I really enjoyed this week’s “Fix My Commute,” the inaugural forum in the Washington Post’s America Answers series. It was a first-class event that brought together a fascinating array of national experts and progressive mayors focused on solving the problems of increasing traffic congestion. And while it was acknowledged again and again that our infrastructure […]






by Chris Hamilton
Commentary
TDM in Arlington

Demand-side Transportation Strategies Are Secret to Arlington’s Success

Monday, July 7, 2014 4:34 PM

Two recent headlines really sum it up nicely for Arlington County, Virginia. As Arlington Booms, Traffic Drops was written by Canaan Merchant in Greater Greater Washington and The Suburb of the Future is Here – How one city avoided the worst of suburbanization and revealed the path toward sustainable urban development was by Henry Grabar […]






by Chris Hamilton
Community Design
Phase 1 of the Dulles Metrorail Megaproject off Route 123 near the future site of the Tysons East Station.

I-66 Doesn’t Need More Lanes or Expensive Infrastructure

Thursday, July 3, 2014 12:44 PM

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. But reports from Dr. Gridlock in the Washington Post that the state and federal governments are considering plans to add additional lanes onto I-66 are not […]






by Chris Hamilton
Economic Prosperity
Bikeswell

“Bikeswell” Details Arlington’s Vision as Best Biking City on East Coast

Friday, February 28, 2014 4:15 PM

Arlington County’s commitment to biking is pretty huge. And for any other place in the country looking to enhance its bicycling infrastructure and encourage a healthier populace and more vibrant cityscape – including attendees at the upcoming 2014 National Bike Summit on March 3-5 – BikeArlington’s recent Bikeswell movie is a must-see. Beyond the movie, […]






by Chris Hamilton
Transit Tech
Chris Hamilton TranspoCamp DC

Technology Will Fuel Transportation Needs of the Future

Tuesday, February 19, 2013 4:04 PM

TransportationCamp DC is all about providing technology tools to people so they can make the critical choices of getting from Point A to Point B and beyond. The convergence this year of hundreds of urbanists, transportation aficionados, and people who work with technology for a living all joined together on the Saturday last month before the […]






by Chris Hamilton
Mobility Lab Releases
Phil Carter at TransportationCamp DC 2012 featured

Transit Tech Ready for Center Stage at TransportationCamp DC This Saturday

Tuesday, January 8, 2013 4:49 PM

Commuters in Washington D.C., Virginia, and Maryland are lucky to have so many options to get around the area. But it doesn’t happen without hard work behind the scenes. That’s where events like this Saturday’s 2nd Annual TransportationCamp Washington DC 2013 step in. There will be hundreds of really smart people joining together to generate […]






by Chris Hamilton