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Analysis of military base travel choices leads to improved pedestrian connections, more transportation options

Arlington’s work to improve military base transportation options gets top marks Look at a map of Arlington County, Virginia, and it’s easy to see just how much of it is covered by Arlington National Cemetery and the crescent moon-shaped Fort Myer-Henderson Hall military base on its western border. But, considering Arlington’s wide array of public… Read more »

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Communicating transportation options, on “Talking Headways” podcast

How can cities and transit agencies better reach out to commuters and guide them towards modes that aren’t driving alone? How is the transportation landscape changing to include a greater breadth of transportation options? Mobility Lab’s communications director Paul Mackie recently discussed these questions and more with host Jeff Wood on the transportation and urbanism podcast Talking Headways. Referencing a communications… Read more »

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WMATA hosts Metro Hack Night, announces more real-time data

While Metrorail and Metrobus ridership has fallen in recent years, the transit system is still an essential backbone to the Washington, D.C., region’s transportation options. Keeping riders aware of daily system performance is a legion of concerned programmers, working to make it easy and predictable to ride Metrobus or rail. These developers and Metro enthusiasts… Read more »

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Where are the Super Bowl-esque ads about public transportation?

When it comes to communicating that people have transportation options besides their own drive-alone cars, the transit industry is getting its lunch handed to it, and has been for decades. It must face that it’s a fringe player that wants to become mainstream. And it’s not getting any easier. While we hear so many great stories about options… Read more »

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Debunking common myths about bikeshare in the suburbs

“There’s no need for a bikeshare station here. People in this neighborhood already have bikes.” As bikeshare expands beyond Arlington, Virginia’s densest neighborhoods along Metro corridors, this is a comment the county’s bikeshare planners hear a lot from the public. At first blush, it makes a certain amount of sense. If someone owns a bike,… Read more »

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Want to start carpooling? Pick up your phone and get going

Nearly half of all car trips in the U.S. can technically be defined as carpooling. But that’s because we often travel together with our friends and family. Besides those joy rides, sharing a car has had a troubling recent history – mainly when it comes to the ways we get to and from work. Carpooling… Read more »

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Transportation Techies: Telling better bike stories with contextual data

Bicycling in Washington, D.C. continues to rise in popularity as a commuting and recreational option. However, many residents remain wary of how safe this mode is. Helping people contextualize cyclist safety and security may help get more of them onto a bike. In December’s installment of Mobility Lab-sponsored Transportation Techies, Bike Hack Night IV at… Read more »

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Taking fewer car trips is the best thing you can do for the environment

This article originally appeared on Triple Pundit. As leaders from around the world are meeting over two weeks in Paris to advance collective action on climate change, it’s heartening to note that transportation continues to gain prominence as an accepted path to cleaning up pollution. In order to keep global temperatures below levels that are dangerous… Read more »

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Transportation Techies: Safer streets with better data

Washington, D.C.-area traffic safety has improved significantly over the past few years, but there is still room for more progress. In the most recent installment of the Mobility Lab-sponsored group Transportation Techies, Playing with Traffic, presenters offered their insights for making our streets safer and more efficient for people. According to new data from the Metropolitan… Read more »

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Answers to transportation ills need to come from unexpected funding

This is the second of a two-part Mobility Lab series. Part 1 looked at the big-picture history of transportation funding in the United States. Part 2 examines ways we can fund transportation in a future of flat federal funding. The world of transportation is innovating and shifting at a clip no mere mortals can expect… Read more »