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Paul Mackie

Paul Mackie

Paul is communications director for Mobility Lab. He specializes in storytelling and editing, as well as environmental and pop-culture issues related to transportation.
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New report highlights most dangerous cities for walking, calls for pedestrian-centered streets

Ever since the car began dominating the way people move throughout the United States, bicycling and walking have become often dangerous and shunted propositions. Decades later, more engineers, planners, and developers are understanding the importance of rethinking the car-centered designs of roads in order to mitigate the dangers they pose for pedestrians. Today, Smart Growth… Read more »

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Media should be more balanced in articles about new transportation options

Several articles today across the mainstream media are pinpointing negative aspects about the latest major transportation projects and sidestepping all the positives these improvements will bring to communities. In The New York Times, Emma Fitzsimmons explores the fear of rents soaring with the opening of three new subway stops on the Upper East Side. While this… Read more »

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New carpooling service looks to employers for ride-matching potential

Commuter carpooling has been in a nosedive since about 1980. And it’s nearly inexplicable that the rate hovers around 5 percent in Washington, D.C., where traffic and parking are particularly abominable even though there are many – maybe too many – ride sharing resources . Since 1980, leaders have invested in HOV lanes and E-ZPass,… Read more »

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12 ways developers can guide tenants to better transportation decisions

Real-estate developers and property managers have long been coming around to the simple business decision that, if they want to manage profitable projects and attract tenants, they should build and own near transit and other non-driving options. Just look at Detroit: A 2.5-mile streetcar system expected to launch in a few months to downtown is… Read more »

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Ride-hailing has a friend in Chao, but does self-driving?

In today’s USA Today, technology and culture reporter Marco della Cava notes that although incoming U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao’s “public service record is extensive, her leadership tenure as Labor secretary and at the head of organizations such as the United Way and the Peace Corps doesn’t shed much light on how she would rule… Read more »

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Trump’s new DOT secretary should follow inspiring path of LaHood, Foxx

Donald Trump has nominated Elaine Chao for Secretary of Transportation, reports Politico. Chao, the daughter of a shipping magnate and wife of Senate Majority Leader Mitche McConnell, served as Secretary of Labor under George W. Bush. Mobility Lab hopes the U.S. DOT continues down the impressive road it has followed of the past two secretaries,… Read more »

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Wake County Transit Plan speeds toward Durham

The news: Wake County—which includes Raleigh— has passed a measure that allows a half cent increase in the local sales tax to help fund expanded bus service, create dedicated bus lanes, and eventually help finance a proposed 37-mile long commuter rail system. Despite doubt about how much the Triangle’s college community will use the new public… Read more »

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Day of Remembrance for Victims of Traffic Violence is a chance to reflect on nation’s street safety trends

For a country that appears to be growing more fearful, we seem to be letting our guard down on what may be the most unsafe activity of all: jumping into our personal vehicles every day. Which is why this Sunday, November 20, is so important. It’s the little-known World Day of Remembrance for Victims of… Read more »

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Record number of transit ballot measures will also impact transportation demand management

Election Day this upcoming Tuesday will be a crucial one for the future of public transportation in this country. This election sets records for the most transit measures ever in a single year (77), the highest number of states with measures on either state or local ballots (25), and the most money at stake on… Read more »

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Five Smart City Challenge ideas that cities should make happen

This summer, Columbus won the U.S. Department of Transportation’s $50 million Smart City Challenge, and there’s no denying that the Ohio city is just one of many in the U.S. in need of a shift to solve its transportation woes. Indeed, Columbus is the largest U.S. city without commuter rail, lacks zoning that could make… Read more »