Authors & Contributions
Tom Fairchild

Tom Fairchild

Tom is the former director of Mobility Lab. He specializes in urban and community development, with emphasis on walkable activity centers, transit-oriented development, and the interactions of land use and transportation.
Omaha bridge

Touring by Bike in Cities without Bikeshare

What’s your favorite way to tour a new city? Share your thoughts either in the comments below or by sending us a short video explaining your choice. We may publish our findings. What’s an avid biker to do when touring to a city without bikeshare? To me, renting a car to explore a city seems akin to… Read more »

Saskia Sassen

What Are Cities Trying to Tell People?

“Does a city speak?” This provocative question – posed by Saskia Sassen (pictured) – opened the recent Mobilities in Cities: From Visible to Invisible conference at Columbia University. It’s hard to deny that a city has life, but does it live and communicate? Sassen has explored these ideas before: the juxtaposition of technology – ephemeral,… Read more »

Apple

Apple Transportation Program Stuck in Past

(This article was originally published by METRO Magazine.) As an avid iPhone user, I have bought into the sense that Apple could literally peer into the future and deliver me technology that I never realized I would so desperately need. For years, Steve Jobs and company seem to have been our reliable guides to a… Read more »

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FAST Potomac Yard Helping Community Save Big Money on Transportation

Moving more people on a transportation network of roads, bridges, and rails is tricky business. Additional roads and transit lines are needed, and the existing network must be managed more efficiently. The latter process is called “transportation demand management (TDM),” and for neighborhoods like Arlington’s Potomac Yard, it can be a crucial factor in eliminating gridlock… Read more »

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Bike, Walk, and Transit Mean Business

“Bikes Mean Business” was the theme of the just-wrapped National Bike Summit in Washington D.C. And on the heels of the highly successful summit, two of the world’s biggest business centers have released plans to spark huge growth in cycling. London’s Mayor Boris Johnson has announced a $1.4 billion bicycle-infrastructure plan, designed to connect much… Read more »

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Arlington Focuses on Moving People, Not Cars, in the Nation’s Worst Traffic Metro Area

The Washington D.C. region’s traffic is the worst in the nation — even worse than Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York — according to a new report by the Texas A&M Transportation Institute called the Urban Mobility Report. And in a news article about the findings by NBC Washington, one D.C. commuter says the reason is… Read more »

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2013 Will be the Year of Streamlining Our Business Lives – Forbes

How quickly will the workplace evolve in 2013? Brett Caine, a vice president at Citrix Online Services, has written a fascinating article at Forbes, and many of his trends portend good things for reducing our solo-driving footprints for getting to our jobs. By embracing technology, Caine envisions that businesses increasingly will offer work-at-home options to… Read more »

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Virginia’s Transportation Officials Bring Intelligent Tech Ideas to Mobility Lab

“The success of tomorrow’s transportation system depends heavily on our ability to harness new technology today,” said Jeffrey Spencer, Intelligent Transportation Program Leader from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). He spoke at Mobility Lab as part of Tuesday’s Tech Session for the Intelligent Transportation Society of Virginia (ITSVA). Spencer added that, around the U.S., transit… Read more »

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Washington DC Region Investing in a Vision for Dozens of “Downtowns”

We all want to live in communities that offer us the chance to interact with other people and feel like we’re part of something vibrant. However, if one or two investments are off-base or not aligned with the vision of what the community wants, it can derail our hopes and dreams. The Metropolitan Washington Council… Read more »