Pop Culture

You might ask what mobility management has to do with pop culture. As Christopher Leinberger, land-use strategist and distinguished scholar at George Washington University, has stated, Hollywood does more market research than any other industry. Movies, television, music, and books not only reflect where we are as a culture, but where we want to go (often quite literally). If TV stars, superheroes, or zombies can assist in informing us on quality-of-life issues, start a dialogue, and get people out of their single-occupancy vehicles, then we’re all for it.

OCTA vids

Transit Systems Tap Video’s Storytelling Ability to Attract, Inform Riders

Monday, August 25, 2014 2:37 PM

This article was originally published by METRO Magazine, by senior editor Nicole Schlosser. As a growing number of riders and the general public look to online videos for information and entertainment — video consumption in the U.S. has been generally increasing, according to comScore — some transit systems are producing their own videos to more […]

Pop Culture
Joey and Sam

Scavenging Through All of Metro’s 91 Stations in Under 12 Hours

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 12:06 PM

After preparing for our Metro scavenger hunt, which I detailed in a previous blog post, my roommate Joey and I were ready to begin. We decided to start our journey at 6:00 am sharp on Monday, August 11. We had spent the previous day calculating trip times between our various destinations and way points (38 […]

Pop Culture
Twitter Metro

Curb Your (Transit) Enthusiasm: How to Make Metro a Fun Adventure

Friday, August 8, 2014 10:38 AM

Occasionally you’ll see an article in DCist or the Washington Post about a Metro aficionado who visits every station or spends his vacation taking selfies at each of the different station pylons throughout the system. On Monday, August 11, my roommate, Joey, and I will begin our Metro Scavenger Hunt journey, live tweeting and blogging […]

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Take a Bikeshare Ride This Fourth of July, Let Freedom Ring

Thursday, July 3, 2014 9:51 AM

(This article was originally published by Pop Culture Lunch Box.) I took a bikeshare ride in Boston on Sunday and, with Americans feeling less free these days, it makes me sad to know that one solution that is so obvious and simple is sitting right in front of our eyes. The one thing that struck me […]

Economic Prosperity
Elly Blue featured

Elly Blue Works to Build Economic Equality for Bicycling Movement

Wednesday, June 25, 2014 1:28 PM

Elly Blue and her team of bike activists – which include a cook and the founder of Microcosm Publishing Joe Biel – recently visited the Washington D.C. area and, with support from BikeArlington, held an evening gathering at Mobility Lab. Blue, an independent publisher, has written a series of books on the societal benefits of biking. […]

Community Design
Dupont streetcar below

Streetcars: The Transit System America Threw Away

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 8:55 AM

(This article by John Martin was originally published by Governing and also appeared in METRO Magazine.) In the 1951 sci-fi movie “The Day the Earth Stood Still,” pedestrians are seen descending staircases on the edge of Dupont Circle in Washington, D.C. These days, the stairs are still there, but now they’re blocked off. They led to a once-busy 75,000-square-foot […]


Gamification, Technology, and Improving Transit Rider Satisfaction

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 10:42 AM

What’s the current state of the rider experience? Are transportation systems meeting the demands and expectations of the general public? These questions were posed to a panel of speakers at a plenary session of the Mobility Lab-sponsored Innovation in Public Policy Summit. Technology – in particular the power of information – was shown to be a […]

Community Design
Rock Star Panel

“Rock-Star Panel” Illuminates Future of Transportation Sharing Economy

Tuesday, June 10, 2014 12:51 PM

Last year, 270 transportation experts attended the first-ever Innovation in Mobility Public Policy Summit in San Francisco, and Susan Shaheen was one of the key visionaries of that event. Shaheen’s idea was to “bring the silos of shared use together,” with the philosophy that the sum of all the carpool and ridesharing companies, government transportation […]


Are Fearful, Lurking Parents a Reason for Uninspired Transportation Choice?

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 10:38 AM

I’ve been enjoying danah boyd’s book titled It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens. She is a researcher from Microsoft, New York University and Harvard who toured the country for the past several years interviewing teens about why they seem so addicted to social media and whether they are destroying their brains and their […]

Community Design
Human Scale

Cities are Often Bad Places for Cars and … Oh Yeah … People Too

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 3:56 PM

I stumbled upon a documentary called The Human Scale. (Editor’s note: It was released in late 2012 and is available to watch on Google Play for $3.99.) One of the things that’s so fascinating about studying cities right now is that it feels as if we’re at a major turning point with respect to how we think […]