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Mobility Lab is a great resource for the media. Along with our exceptional spokespeople on staff, we have nearly 100 contributors who are experts in various fields such as health, technology, and urban planning. We have interesting takes on how these issues connect with transportation demand and transportation in general.

Please contact Paul Mackie, communications director, at Paul.Mackie@MobilityLab.org or 202-841-2953 if you would like to get involved with Mobility Lab or if you are seeking information or sources to help with your stories.

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Debunking Common Myths about Bikeshare in the Suburbs

Thursday, January 21, 2016 11:56 AM

“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, […]

by Jason Hardin
Commentary
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Want to Start Carpooling? Pick Up Your Phone and Get Going

Thursday, January 7, 2016 1:46 PM

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 […]

by Paul Mackie
Mobility Lab Releases
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Transportation Techies: Telling Better Bike Stories with Contextual Data

Monday, December 21, 2015 12:08 PM

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 […]

by Andrew Carpenter
Environment
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Taking Fewer Car Trips is the Best Thing You Can Do for the Environment

Monday, December 7, 2015 1:58 PM

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 […]

by Paul Mackie
Mobility Lab Releases
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Transportation Techies: Safer Streets with Better Data

Monday, December 7, 2015 11:09 AM

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 […]

by Andrew Carpenter
Mobility Lab Releases
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Answers to Transportation Ills Need to Come from Unexpected Funding

Tuesday, November 24, 2015 1:19 PM

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 […]

by Paul Mackie
Mobility Lab Releases
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How Transportation Funding Fails to Work the Way Anyone Intended

Tuesday, November 10, 2015 2:38 PM

This is the first of a two-part Mobility Lab series. Part 1 looks at the big-picture history of transportation funding in the United States. Part 2 will examine ways we can fund transportation in a future of flat federal funding.As the Senate and House are finalizing touches on the first new transportation authorization bill in […]

by Howard Jennings
Economic Prosperity
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To Fill Empty Offices, Arlington Must Focus on Transportation Options

Monday, November 9, 2015 3:01 PM

Resting on the status quo of existing transportation options is no longer a winning strategy for places that want to attract new businesses. Workers want to have transportation options at their fingertips, while developers are looking to locate in transportation hubs that will help attract both companies and their workers. As a report from Smart […]

by Adam Russell
Mobility Lab Releases
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From Rebalancing to Dock-Blocking: Techies Hack to Make Capital Bikeshare Even More User-Friendly

Wednesday, October 28, 2015 3:48 PM

Hack nights centering on Capital Bikeshare are among the best-attended of Transportation Techies’ monthly events, drawing a mix of transit data, programming, and biking infrastructure enthusiasts The group, sponsored by Mobility Lab, hosted its fourth CaBi Hack Night last Monday at 1776’s new Crystal City offices, where many presenters addressed some of the daily, unavoidable […]

by Amy Eagleburger
Mobility Lab Releases
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Washington Post Helps Trumpet How Open Data Improves Our Transit Options

Tuesday, October 27, 2015 10:07 AM

Being able to boast online about your bikeshare mileage. A tracking app that saves transit agencies money. A way to catch the train to the baseball game at just the right time. Open transit data is driving people to think about how they can make systems better and more engaging. In a recent Washington Post […]

by Adam Russell