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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.

Community Design
Mayor Vincent Gray

Cities Must Understand Bikeshare Is Transit

Friday, April 17, 2015 10:52 AM

Bikeshare systems either have to make it on their own or be subsidized like the rest of the transportation system. This difference of opinion within the bikeshare industry was recently brought to light by an article at NextCity.org entitled San Antonio Bikeshare Threatens to Close Without Major Sponsor. But it isn’t such a black or white […]






by Chris Hamilton
Commentary
Hailing a ride

Uber, Lyft Have Opportunity to Complement Local Transit Networks

Friday, March 27, 2015 1:07 PM

We hear a lot about how Uber and Lyft are impacting traditional taxis, but what of their potential impact on public transit? Tech-enabled ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft already appear to be acting as a complement to public transit. Uber analyzed its Los Angeles trip data to in this light. Over the course of […]






by Chris Plano
Education
Confused on Metro

Seemingly Little Things Make D.C. Transit Too Difficult

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 1:04 PM

I recently flew down to Washington D.C. to attend a friend’s wedding in Rockville, Maryland. With trains, planes, and automobiles involved, surely, I thought, there would be something to write about. My flights were thankfully uneventful. With nothing more than a carry-on, electronic check-in at Albany International Airport was a breeze. The machines were easy […]






by Monique Wahba
Community Design
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SXSW Hackers Suggest Austin Transportation Improvements

Tuesday, March 17, 2015 12:33 PM

Austin, home to great music, festivals and tech, is also facing some great challenges. Thanks to its success, congestion, long commutes, and escalating housing costs are looming. For the first time, Austin’s South by Southwest (SXSW) festival is hosting Hack Our City. As part of the interactive program, five teams comprised of both locals and […]






by Lisa Nisenson
Mobility Lab Releases
Videos slideshow

Energizing People to Take Action for Transportation and Place

Monday, March 16, 2015 10:29 AM

Mobility Lab – and many of our partners – believe it’s long past time to get serious about public transportation in this country. We need to make a stronger and clearer case to the public and to our leaders about the benefits of transportation options. Auto companies, for example, are very clear that our freedom […]






by Paul Mackie
Mobility Lab Releases
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3 Ways Multi-Modal Travel is Tricky for App Developers

Tuesday, March 10, 2015 9:39 AM

When searching for a route with OpenTripPlanner, we transit techies use complex profile-routing algorithms to objectively find the best options across all available modes, which can lead to an enormous amount of results. To get the best results in the quickest amount of time requires a lot of pruning and optimization. In the backend of […]






by Trevor Gerhardt
Education
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BikeArlington Encourages the “Concerned 60%” to Get on a Bike

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 10:56 AM

Don’t ride a bicycle? Arlington County wants to change that. The Virginia county is committed to getting as many residents as possible on a car-free diet, and encouraging more of its residents to get around by bike is one way the county is achieving this goal. Arlington’s BikeArlington team makes biking more accessible to its residents, performing outreach […]






by Paul Goddin
Community Design
Renewal Complete

How Tricky “Automobile Love Affair” PR Buried Roanoke’s Treasured Past

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 3:27 PM

America’s love affair with the automobile, as a recent Washington Post piece points out, is largely a fabrication. Author Emily Badger recounts the myth’s origin in 1961 as the launch of a very successful public-relations campaign to, among other things, build support for massive infrastructure projects that were proposed in cities across the country – […]






by Jeremy Holmes
Community Design
Autotopia

An Inside Glimpse of How Parking is Going High Tech

Monday, February 23, 2015 2:23 PM

The January edition of Transportation Techies, titled “Autotopia,” focused on moving cars from A to B. And a key theme of the night was: where exactly are we going to stash all these cars once they arrive at their destinations? Parking garages along main thoroughfares can fill quickly, while garages down a back alley might […]






by Amy Eagleburger
Economic Prosperity
Boeing Crystal City

Boeing Flies Right on Transportation Options

Friday, February 13, 2015 12:33 PM

Boeing’s new regional headquarters has opened in the Crystal City neighborhood of Arlington, Virginia. And it’s an example of how a large company can prop up a local economy while minimizing its impact on traffic congestion. Boeing chose Crystal City because of its location across the Potomac River from Washington D.C., and for the multiple […]






by Keara Mehlert