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Mobility Lab’s Top 10 Stories of 2014

Monday, December 22, 2014 1:57 PM

Uber, Sidecar, and Lyft Are Great Options, But They Are Not Ridesharing Companies– Although these companies still mistakenly refer to themselves as “ridesharing” services, they should be commended for giving people more transportation options and beginning to allow people to actually share rides (thus, potentially taking drive-alone trips off the roads) through new offshoots like Lyft […]






by Paul Mackie
Commentary
DeMaio

Bikeshare: Still the New Kid on the Block for Transportation

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 2:53 PM

This month’s Transportation Techies Meetup group, at the WeWork co-working space in Washington D.C., was all about what we know from the growing catalog of studies on bikeshare systems. The World’s Best Bikeshares When Colin Hughes and Jacob Mason of the Institute for Transportation and Development Planning (ITDP) asked the attendees which system is the best, […]






by Amy Eagleburger
Community Design
Waiting Tech

Boston, Vegas Startups Tap Smart-Route Tech

Friday, December 5, 2014 4:27 PM

Pop-up transit companies like Bridj and Shift are taking advantage of today’s growing amount of data availability and creating flexible transit systems that come to the customer instead of vice versa. Boston-based Bridj defines itself as “the world’s first pop-up transit system.” The idea of pop-up transit started in the dorm room of Middlebury College student Matthew […]






by Janna Starcic
Community Design
Team ROOT

On-Demand Transit. Now That Sounds Like a Winning Idea!

Thursday, December 4, 2014 11:26 AM

What if you could get around cities with an option that combined the simplicity of Uber and the affordability of systems like D.C.’s Metrobus or Arlington’s ART buses? It would be an on-demand transit system with no routes, no transfers, and no time tables. A fleet of shuttles would have their paths constantly adjusted based on […]






by Adam Cohen
Commentary
Transit People DC

Transit is a Commonality of Booming, Vibrant Cities

Monday, November 10, 2014 3:58 PM

The smartest move for real-estate developers is to continue investing in cities that have many transportation options available to their potential tenants. And growing cities need to embrace transit-oriented development to remain competitive. Those are the findings of a recent report that explores 10 major cities (Mexico City, Manhattan, Los Angeles, Chicago, Toronto, Washington D.C., Miami, […]






by Paul Goddin
Community Design
Dave Kirschner, VDOT, and Arlington County Personnel.

Going Behind the Scenes of Arlington’s Bike and Pedestrian Innovations

Friday, November 7, 2014 10:56 AM

How do government leaders learn from one another? One example is the recent tour Arlington County leaders offered to representatives from multiple Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) districts to showcase the county’s best practices in pedestrian and bicycle engineering. VDOT engineers from as far away as Hampton Roads and Lynchburg, representing nearly all nine VDOT […]






by Paul Goddin
Commentary
LaHood Safe Routes

Safe Routes to School Programs Can Boost Walking and Bicycling by 30 Percent

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 5:02 PM

This article was originally published at Safe Routes to School’s D.C. Region blog. Streetsblog reports on a new study that found schools with Safe Routes to School programs could boost the number of children walking and bicycling to school by 31 percent over a five-year period. The researchers looked at 801 schools in Washington D.C., Florida, Oregon and Texas, […]






by Bill Sadler
Commentary
Matt Smith

As Driving Habits Change, Places That Cater to Millennials Thrive

Friday, October 24, 2014 12:10 PM

An employment opportunity brought Matt Smith (above), a 30-year old business-development manager, to the Washington D.C. area from Shrewsbury, Pennsylvania in 2009. He chose to live in Arlington because of its urban feel and plethora of transportation options. “Arlington feels like D.C. to me, but it’s cleaner and greener,” said Smith, who works at goDCgo in […]






by Paul Goddin
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
Community Design
Parkign sign

6 Ways to Become Your Own City Planner

Thursday, October 16, 2014 2:55 PM

This article was originally published in Tech Cocktail. The trend is that governments are opening up data, as well as planning and budgeting processes. Public participation is taking on a whole new look. Local civic advocates are stepping up as collaborators well-versed in details once reserved for professionals. Wait – what? That’s right. Civic leaders […]






by Lisa Nisenson