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Atlanta Revisits its Streetcar “Routes” to Help Revitalize City

Monday, April 21, 2014 10:00 AM

The Atlanta Streetcar, scheduled to open this year, is part of the larger Connect Atlanta plan, which is intended to increase transportation options, promote sustainable development and create a better urban environment.

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Capital Bikeshare is the Netflix of Transportation

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 3:38 PM

The beauty of Capital Bikeshare lies not in how different or new the concept is but rather in how incredibly useful and easy it is to use. It seems likely that Steve Jobs, arguably the king of innovators, would have approved of Capital Bikeshare’s ability to become a break-out hit that consumers didn’t even know they wanted it in the first place.

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Seven Reasons to Let Your Child Walk or Bike to School

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 3:33 PM

May 7 is Walk and Bike to School Day 2014 in Arlington, Virginia (and Bike to School Day nationally), but once a year isn’t the only time students can participate in these activities. Safe Routes to School (SRTS) is a national program designed to encourage walking and biking to school on a more regular basis, by providing public schools […]

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VDOT Displays Positive Shift in Thinking About Urbanism

Monday, April 14, 2014 11:23 AM

The Virginia Department of Transportation  (VDOT) is beginning to think about urbanism as an asset rather than a threat. This was apparent last week when the agency held a conference on the campus of John Tyler Community College in Chester, Virginia on the relationship between transportation and land use, indicating a positive shift in thinking how […]

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Say What? How Cars and Bikes Can Share Parking Spaces

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 1:24 PM

In cities where space is in short supply, you need to think outside the box to make room for everyone. When it comes to a bicycle-friendly city like Copenhagen, with its countless cyclists, cars aren’t the only modes of transportation that need to be parked. You need to allot parking spaces for bikes as well. […]

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Pedestrian-Bicycle Footbridge Needed at Traffic-Gridlocked Key Bridge

Monday, April 7, 2014 3:02 PM

Heading to Washington, D.C. over the Francis Scott Key Bridge can be a daunting task during rush hour, for motorists and pedestrians alike. The Key Bridge exists as the only elevated crossing between Georgetown and Arlington County and is responsible for moving pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists. The bridge’s right lane is prone to frequent stops […]

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“Future of Bus Transit” Examined at Lunch At the Lab

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 3:36 PM

Operating a city bus system is not as simple as one might think. Some of the nuances and concerns are highlighted in this “best-of Twitter” compilation from today’s Mobility Lab event. Photo by M.V. Jantzen (Mobility Lab’s Tom Fairchild looks on as Arlington County bus experts Kay Luongo and Steve Yaffe speak at “Lunch At the […]

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Fixing a Hole: Houston’s Traffic Nightmare

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 4:19 PM

Houston can be a tough sell. Despite a growing population, thriving culture and cuisine, booming economy, and ethnic diversity, we were built on a swamp. That means we are stuck with heat, humidity, mosquitos (at least in the summer) and views that don’t exactly rival San Francisco. And while we like to joke in self-deprecation […]

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Columbia Pike Streetcar Would Bring Billions to Arlington and Fairfax

Thursday, March 27, 2014 4:35 PM

A new study commissioned by Arlington County shows that the Columbia Pike Streetcar would spur billions of dollars in revenue for Arlington and Fairfax counties. Between $3.2 billion and $4.4 billion in incremental benefits (over and above capital expenditures and operating costs) would be realized for the two counties over 30 years. This far exceeds the $300 […]

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Arlington Looks to Avoid Parking “Tragedy of the Commons”

Thursday, March 27, 2014 2:30 PM

Parking isn’t something many people think about until it’s unavailable. Even city planners have historically considered parking somewhat of an afterthought. Cities are paying more attention to the resource lately, however, in part due to the influence of one book in particular: The High Cost of Free Parking, by UCLA professor and urban planner Donald Shoup. […]

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