Paul Mackie

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Where Are the Super Bowl-esque Ads About Public Transportation?

Wednesday, February 10, 2016 3:27 PM

When it comes to communicating that people have transportation options besides their own drive-alone cars, the transit industry is getting its lunch handed to it, and has been for decades. It must face that it’s a fringe player that wants to become mainstream. And it’s not getting any easier. While we hear so many great stories about options […]

by Paul Mackie
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Tech is Good, But We Need Transportation Planning for the City of the Future

Monday, February 8, 2016 4:47 PM

This article was originally published by EcoLocalizer and CleanTechnica. What does transportation in the U.S. city of the future look like? Mobility Lab gets asked this a lot because it’s clear that people have had it with the crushing traffic that dominates most of our cities, and 3 out of 4 people are frustrated by their lack of […]

by Paul Mackie
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In the Current Transportation Landscape, Do You Still Need to Own a Car?

Wednesday, February 3, 2016 11:33 AM

Veronica O. Davis gave up her car about three years ago. A big reason for that was the growing availability of Capital Bikeshare in all the places she needed to get to in and around Washington, D.C. Of course, not everyone in D.C., or the rest of the United States, has access to bikeshare, but […]

by Paul Mackie
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Want to Start Carpooling? Pick Up Your Phone and Get Going

Thursday, January 7, 2016 1:46 PM

Nearly half of all car trips in the U.S. can technically be defined as carpooling. But that’s because we often travel together with our friends and family. Besides those joy rides, sharing a car has had a troubling recent history – mainly when it comes to the ways we get to and from work. Carpooling […]

by Paul Mackie
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Five Ways TDM Is Invisible (and Why That Should Change)

Thursday, December 17, 2015 11:30 AM

Transportation demand management is like an alarm clock. It’s the under-appreciated mechanism that, once set into place, plays a significant role in changing your routine and habits over time. The alarm clock does the dirty – largely invisible – work of taking you from a restless, grumpy night of sleep into the sun-shining, coffee-scented, iPad-reading […]

by Paul Mackie
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USDOT and Vulcan Announce $50 Million Reward to the City of the Future

Monday, December 7, 2015 2:59 PM

The ultimate city of the future won’t be New York, Chicago, Austin, or Los Angeles – some of the places we routinely hear about for the impressive ways they work to rework and massage their transportation networks for the better. No, somewhere right now in America, there is a mid-sized city that will soon be […]

by Paul Mackie
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Taking Fewer Car Trips is the Best Thing You Can Do for the Environment

Monday, December 7, 2015 1:58 PM

This article originally appeared on Triple Pundit. As leaders from around the world are meeting over two weeks in Paris to advance collective action on climate change, it’s heartening to note that transportation continues to gain prominence as an accepted path to cleaning up pollution. In order to keep global temperatures below levels that are dangerous […]

by Paul Mackie
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Answers to Transportation Ills Need to Come from Unexpected Funding

Tuesday, November 24, 2015 1:19 PM

This is the second of a two-part Mobility Lab series. Part 1 looked at the big-picture history of transportation funding in the United States. Part 2 examines ways we can fund transportation in a future of flat federal funding. The world of transportation is innovating and shifting at a clip no mere mortals can expect […]

by Paul Mackie
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Disrupting Mobility Now, Not in Some Distant Future

Friday, November 13, 2015 12:13 PM

At the Disrupting Mobility 2015 Summit, Paul DeLong of car2go said he’s sick of fighting with wife about missing his kids grow up because of the horrendous traffic between work in downtown Austin and his home 17 miles north of the city. “The more people talk about this and the more we can tell this […]

by Paul Mackie
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Academia Giving Cities Lots of Ideas to Improve Traffic

Thursday, November 12, 2015 1:42 PM

It’s a really good thing that some of the very best academic institutions in the world are moving to influence business and government. Take the anecdotal of my voyage to attend and speak at this week’s 2015 Disrupting Mobility Summit: I Uber-ed from home for the first-mile to the D.C. Metro, which took me right to […]

by Paul Mackie