Tom Fairchild


Apple Transportation Program Stuck in Past

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 10:37 AM

(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 […]

Activity Centers
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FAST Potomac Yard Helping Community Save Big Money on Transportation

Wednesday, October 30, 2013 1:19 PM

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 […]

Community Design
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Does Park(ing) Day Make You Think Differently About How We Use Our Streets?

Wednesday, September 18, 2013 3:57 PM

This Friday, September 20, join Mobility Lab and friends to celebrate Park(ing) Day. Try your hand at the game of Corn Hole!  Hear great tunes from our Mobility Lab songmeister guitarist, Paul Mackie!  Bring your own guitar, sitar, xylophone or tuba and make music for us! Bring your lunch!  Join the fun as we turn […]

Economic Prosperity
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Bike, Walk, and Transit Mean Business

Tuesday, March 12, 2013 10:41 AM

“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 […]

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

Tuesday, February 5, 2013 3:10 PM

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 […]

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

Wednesday, December 26, 2012 3:12 PM

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 […]

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

Thursday, December 6, 2012 10:25 AM

“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 […]

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

Wednesday, September 5, 2012 4:31 PM

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 […]

Community Design
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The Trams of Prague: Photos of a City on the Move

Tuesday, August 21, 2012 11:39 AM

Czech Republic’s beautiful capital city, Prague, is crisscrossed by trams that complement the subway and bus system, providing transportation to virtually all corners of the city. Trams ply routes through the medieval heart of the city and blend into the bustling street scene. These photos I took on my recent visit show a city of […]

Bike rider in Delaware

Delaware Shore Car-free = Perfect Beach Weekend!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012 1:18 PM

Rehoboth and Dewey beckon us to the Delaware shore with many bronzed bods filling the wide beaches and idyllic boardwalk. There are many restaurants from high to low cuisine and bars filled with weekend party-seekers from across the Mid-Atlantic. Prospects for good times abound! But ask anyone in DC what is the worst part of any […]