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Sound Transit

Why Streetcars Aren’t a Waste of Money

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 10:52 AM

This article was originally published at Architect This City. Last weekend a friend of mine sent me an article from The Economist talking about why trams, streetcars, and light rail are a waste of money. The argument is basically that steetcars are expensive, less efficient, and that — despite North America’s renewed interest in them — […]






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Environment
CarmaHop

Hitchhiking Goes High Tech: The Story Behind CarmaHop’s Upcoming Launch

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 12:18 PM

In 2010, my husband and I moved out to rural Northeast Kansas in order to live a more sustainable lifestyle. Our dream had one major flaw – a complete lack of public transportation. So these two save-the-planet sustainability groupies became just two more single-occupant vehicle drivers with big ugly carbon footprints. And we’re not alone. Forty-five […]






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Environment
Ben Foster

What Does Behavioral Science Have to Do With Transportation?

Thursday, July 10, 2014 4:38 PM

Arlingtonian Ben Foster dropped by Mobility Lab this week and shared his perspective with a few dozen transportation experts on how behavioral science can help us better understand how we make decisions and how different types of information can affect the ways in which we might change our routines. And as part of my company […]






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Commentary
SFpark: A stylish change in parking policy for stylish San Francisco. Source: SFMTA.

When Parking Prices Are Based on Demand, Everybody Wins

Wednesday, June 25, 2014 4:21 PM

(This article was originally published by Greater Greater Washington.) When San Francisco let parking prices fluctuate with demand, drivers found it easier and faster to find parking. The city maximized its valuable curb parking spaces and modestly sped up buses. These are some of the results from a recently-released evaluation of SFpark, a pilot program that started in […]






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Quick Fixes for Motorcycles, Scooters Would Improve D.C. Traffic

Friday, May 23, 2014 10:58 AM

The bike network in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area is alive and well. The Capital Bikeshare program is a wild success despite the bankruptcy of Montreal-based Public Bike System Co. (PBSC), the sole supplier of the program’s bicycles. Arlington bills itself as a place to get your fix for your car-free diet and boasts more […]






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Environment
Earth Day at Union Station - Earth day 2013 photo by NASA HQ PHOTO

Celebrate Earth Day 2014

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 7:57 AM

Earth Day (celebrated nationally today) began in 1970 in response to a massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California, and was the beginning of the modern environmental movement. Today, the oil and automobile industries continue to remain lightning rods for environmentalists.

Here are some Earth Day events you can access via Metrorail, Capital Bikeshare, and or bus.






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Environment
Apple

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 […]






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Environment
Rebalancing

Film Looks at Capital Bikeshare From Contemporary-Art Perspective

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 1:13 PM

I was hearing some buzz around the Mobility Lab offices – where we share space with groups like Capital Bikeshare, BikeArlington, and goDCgo – about this 25-minute documentary premiering at last month’s Environmental Film Festival in Washington D.C. So I got ahold of Rebalancing filmmaker Tim Cone through the festival’s organizers to ask him some […]






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Community Design
TechiesDCHealth

Bringing Active Transportation, Health, Open Data, and Techies Together in One Place

Monday, February 10, 2014 4:06 PM

At the Center for Total Health (@KPTotalHealth), we are huge fans of technology, when it is used to improve community conditions to produce health. That’s why we’re a special guest – or I should say, the DC/MD/VA Transportation Techies is a special guest – at the Center for Total Health, on March 6 (RSVP here). Reason #1 […]






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Lunch At the Lab: Arlington Rethinking Energy Use and Transportation

Wednesday, January 15, 2014 3:48 PM

Here’s a sampling of some of the most interesting Tweets from Lunch At the Lab with the Arlington Initiative to Rethink Energy (AIRE). Please scroll through them below and retweet your favorites!






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