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Commentary
Commuters along Metra's Union Pacific northwest train line spend the majority of their journey glued to thier smartphones and tablets. (DePaul University/Jeff Carrion)

Transit’s Simple Advantage? You Can Use Smartphones

Tuesday, September 1, 2015 1:20 PM

With public-transit use riding a 58-year high of 10.8 billion trips last year, it only makes sense to ask: why? One theory – now supported by new evidence – is that our smartphones and other mobile devices are encouraging people to choose transit instead of drive. These devices are not only changing the way we […]






by Paul Goddin
Community Design
Capital Bikeshare map

Arlington Develops Path for Getting Public Onboard With Bikeshare

Wednesday, August 26, 2015 12:19 PM

While humans have been planning cities and transportation networks for millennia, planning for bikeshare is something new. In just the last few years, many American cities have launched ambitious bikeshare services – with systems in at least 78 major U.S. cities – all aimed at providing a new transportation option. Planners have learned much about […]






by Jason Hardin
Community Design
Ted Eytan

Walking, the Oldest Form of Public Transportation, Goes High Tech

Monday, August 24, 2015 10:05 AM

For finding out what’s hot in the world of “people tracking,” Walk Hack Night at Mobility Lab on Thursday was the place to be. Co-sponsored by WalkArlington, the event featured a handful of innovators speaking to a standing-room-only crowd of about 80 members of the Transportation Techies group in rapid-fire presentations on why knowing more […]






by Paul Mackie
Commentary
Uber CEO

Uber’s Plan for Self-Driving Cars Bigger Than Its Taxi Disruption

Tuesday, August 18, 2015 1:08 PM

Uber has fundamentally changed the taxi industry. But its biggest disruption may be yet to come. The ride-hailing company has invested in autonomous-vehicle research, and its CEO Travis Kalanick (pictured above) has indicated that consumers can expect a driverless Uber fleet by 2030. Uber expects its service to be so inexpensive and ubiquitous as to make […]






by Paul Goddin
Community Design
Top Techies and Sidewalks

Apps Are Not the Answer

Friday, August 14, 2015 10:47 AM

It’s clear that apps, specifically mobile apps, are the most popular creations for civic hackers and are the usual output of countless hackathons nationwide. But at the latest Transportation Techies, held for the first time in Baltimore, Justin Elszasz, an open data analyzer who blogs at The Training Set, said the focus on apps isn’t […]






by Amy Eagleburger
Commentary
CMAQ unfair

Rebranding “TDM” Could Fix the Industry’s Communications Struggle

Tuesday, August 11, 2015 12:10 PM

Would a common definition of the term and practice of transportation demand management help the industry find other funding sources, do better lobbying for policies, and gain wider acceptance and popularity? And, as we at Mobility Lab constantly ponder internally, is the user-unfriendly term TDM keeping us from reaching these goals as well? Kirk Hovenkotter, […]






by Paul Mackie
Environment
Vancouver complete street

How Broader Thinking Can Broaden Your Funding Sources

Thursday, August 6, 2015 12:15 PM

Arlington County, Virginia, with the help of a grant from the Virginia DOT, recently rolled out a cutting-edge multimodal trip planner, CarFreeAtoZ. In 2014, Salt Lake City launched the Hive Pass, a reduced-cost monthly transit pass for all city residents. In order to increase housing affordability, Seattle’s DOT may require new multi-family housing developments to offer “residential transportation options programs” […]






by Steven Higashide
Community Design
Transit Planners

Planning Tool Brings Hope for Transit Users

Wednesday, August 5, 2015 3:22 PM

Paul Supawanich and his colleagues want to make transit better. They see transit as a powerful force for good because it is efficient at moving lots of people. The problem, as many transit riders will tell you, is sometimes transit isn’t actually that efficient in terms of getting someone from one place to another. There […]






by Chris Plano
Commentary
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Streets and Sidewalks Should Be Used to Improve Our Health

Thursday, July 9, 2015 12:27 PM

Streets and sidewalks take up 25 to 50 percent of a typical U.S. city’s land. New York City, for example, is on the lower end of that scale at 28 percent and Chicago (42 percent), Washington D.C. (43) and Portland, Oregon (47) are at the higher end. This, believe it or not, presents a huge […]






by Chris Hamilton
Activity Centers
Dupont bus

Living in the Heart of D.C. May Actually Be Cheaper Than Living in the Outer Suburbs

Wednesday, June 17, 2015 10:50 AM

The conventional wisdom is that living in the city is much more expensive than living outside of it. Taxes, entertainment, and groceries all add up to a slightly higher cost of living in the city. Housing, though, is the expense that tips the scales decidedly in favor of the suburbs. Or does it? With car […]






by Paul Goddin