Redefining Uber: Why the Term Rideshare Doesn’t Fit

Thursday, April 17, 2014 10:00 AM

Uber and its ilk are cool and disruptive technologies, and our position at Mobility Lab is that additional transportation choices are always a good thing for consumers. But Uber’s habit of calling itself a “rideshare company” is getting out of hand. Neither Uber, Sidecar, nor Lyft fit any of the criteria of a rideshare, yet […]

Community Design
VRPT slideshow

VDOT Displays Positive Shift in Thinking About Urbanism

Monday, April 14, 2014 11:23 AM

The Virginia Department of Transportation  (VDOT) is beginning to think about urbanism as an asset rather than a threat. This was apparent last week when the agency held a conference on the campus of John Tyler Community College in Chester, Virginia on the relationship between transportation and land use, indicating a positive shift in thinking how […]


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 […]

Community Design
Houston Traffic

Fixing a Hole: Houston’s Traffic Nightmare

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 4:19 PM

Houston can be a tough sell. Despite a growing population, thriving culture and cuisine, booming economy, and ethnic diversity, we were built on a swamp. That means we are stuck with heat, humidity, mosquitos (at least in the summer) and views that don’t exactly rival San Francisco. And while we like to joke in self-deprecation […]

Activity Centers
Transit Connection

Cities Need Connectivity Czars for Seamless Public Transportation

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 2:58 PM

Perhaps the time has come for larger transit systems to employ a connectivity director, an energetic, get-things-done type to pave the way for riders. The ideal candidate would have an understanding of the current challenges and would possess the political skills, technological grasp, and imagination necessary to make a transit experience as free from technical […]

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Uber, Sidecar, and Lyft Are Great Options, But They Are Not Ridesharing Companies

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 1:20 PM

People love new transportation technologies like Uber, Sidecar, and Lyft that are allowing them to get on their smartphones to quickly and conveniently hail a ride. But with that ease of use, there are several murky areas that could in the end negatively affect the public. Public and non-profit ridesharing or commuter-services programs all across […]

How To
Smartrip slideshow

What If We Sold Transit Fares Like Cell-Phone Minutes?

Monday, March 10, 2014 4:13 PM

How many cell-phone minutes do you pay for in a month? Or gigabytes of data? Are you on a family plan? Do you get a group discount from work? What does this even have to do with transit? If we think of a transit trip like we do a cell-phone minute (or megabyte) we start […]

Community Design
Metro Talkers

D.C. Metrorail Improvements Outlined in Momentum Plan

Wednesday, March 5, 2014 4:42 PM

Metro is the backbone of the Washington D.C. region’s transportation system, without which our highways would freeze-up. It takes us to work, sporting events, museums and visits to our friends. Metro transformed our city and suburbs, supporting convenient, walkable neighborhoods. For too long, we let the system fall into a state of disrepair. Now, as […]

Activity Centers
Sophie and Ryan

Which Attributes Make a Community Successful?

Wednesday, March 5, 2014 1:25 PM

This was a presentation I gave along with my colleagues from the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments at Mobility Lab in Arlington on February 27, 2014. It details what our Region Forward team is doing in regards to strengthening the economic vitality of “activity centers” throughout the Washington D.C. region. This looks in particular at the […]

Economic Prosperity

“Bikeswell” Details Arlington’s Vision as Best Biking City on East Coast

Friday, February 28, 2014 4:15 PM

Arlington County’s commitment to biking is pretty huge. And for any other place in the country looking to enhance its bicycling infrastructure and encourage a healthier populace and more vibrant cityscape – including attendees at the upcoming 2014 National Bike Summit on March 3-5 – BikeArlington’s recent Bikeswell movie is a must-see. Beyond the movie, […]