Economic Prosperity

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Paul on bike closeup

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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Commentary
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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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Activity Centers
Transit Connection

Cities Need Connectivity Czars for Seamless Public Transportation

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 2:58 PM

Perhaps the time has come for larger transit systems to employ a connectivity director, an energetic, get-things-done type to pave the way for riders. The ideal candidate would have an understanding of the current challenges and would possess the political skills, technological grasp, and imagination necessary to make a transit experience as free from technical […]

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Economic Prosperity
Watching the World Fly By

Six Tips for Cheap Amtrak Tickets

Thursday, March 20, 2014 4:11 PM

[Editor's note: This article was originally published at Amtrak's great blog. Go there for the full article. And if you've got the time to travel in leisure, comfort, and ease, Amtrak's offerings are quite a bit more affordable for cross-country travel throughout the U.S. than airline travel.] 1. Join Amtrak Guest Rewards Every time you […]

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Community Design
Brett Metro

ModeScore Rates Accessibility of Buildings to Multiple Transportation Options

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 1:42 PM

A “transit premium” can increase property values by anywhere between a few percentage points up to more than 150 percent. As the business development manager of Developer Services at Arlington Transportation Partners, I spend a lot of time thinking about sustainable development, and how transportation access can improve building performance, sustainability and marketability. For my […]

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Activity Centers
Sophie and Ryan

Which Attributes Make a Community Successful?

Wednesday, March 5, 2014 1:25 PM

This was a presentation I gave along with my colleagues from the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments at Mobility Lab in Arlington on February 27, 2014. It details what our Region Forward team is doing in regards to strengthening the economic vitality of “activity centers” throughout the Washington D.C. region. This looks in particular at the […]

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Economic Prosperity
Tejada

Business Appears to Be Picking Up Near Capital Bikeshare Stations

Wednesday, March 5, 2014 10:55 AM

New research suggests that companies located near Capital Bikeshare stations see an increase in business because of traffic from bikeshare riders. During the 2013 fall semester a group of urban-planning graduate students at Virginia Tech’s Alexandria campus investigated the economic impacts of bikesharing on local businesses. Together with myself and Andrea Hamre, the students used […]

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Economic Prosperity
Bikeswell

“Bikeswell” Details Arlington’s Vision as Best Biking City on East Coast

Friday, February 28, 2014 4:15 PM

Arlington County’s commitment to biking is pretty huge. And for any other place in the country looking to enhance its bicycling infrastructure and encourage a healthier populace and more vibrant cityscape – including attendees at the upcoming 2014 National Bike Summit on March 3-5 – BikeArlington’s recent Bikeswell movie is a must-see. Beyond the movie, […]

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Community Design
artist's rendering from Union Station Master Plan.

High-Speed Rail is a Key to U.S. Economic Competitiveness

Friday, February 28, 2014 1:02 PM

High-speed rail (HSR) is gaining momentum in the United States, with many projects in various stages of planning. California’s controversial and groundbreaking high-speed rail line, which will link San Francisco and Los Angeles, is expected to begin construction this summer. The ambitious California HSR line has prompted development of similar plans for the Midwest, New […]

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Economic Prosperity
Innovation in Mobility postcard

New Transportation Options on Table at Upcoming Innovation in Mobility Summit

Friday, February 28, 2014 10:49 AM

I attended the Shared-Use Mobility Summit in San Francisco last year and came away from it with a strong sense that the conversations happening there should continue. At the time, no one knew that this inaugural event would spur such interest. Hundreds of people would be turned away due to the overwhelming response. The next […]

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