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GMU “blueprint” study suggests avenues for expanding reach of Arlington’s transportation options

This is part one of a two-part series on a report by George Mason University graduate students. Students were tasked by Mobility Lab with creating a new transportation blueprint for Arlington, Va., geared toward connecting more people to its transportation network. This part focuses on passenger transportation – part two will examine freight and deliveries…. Read more »

Low-stress streets mean more biking, greater transit access

New study examines how bus and bicycling travel times interact in stressful street networks As cities move forward with ambitious plans to revamp bus services and add dedicated bike infrastructure, which in turn will help draw riders and bicyclists, the level of comfort in nearby streets still play a large role. Streets free of the… Read more »

In Arlington, when is it cheaper to choose carsharing over car ownership?

Arlington County, Va., includes carsharing in its Master Transportation Plan because it adds important connections to and from its already-rich transit infrastructure. But for car-owning Arlington households, how does carsharing fit within their transportation needs? For one, cost can play a large role. Marietta Gelfort, a carsharing analyst for the Arlington County Department of Environmental Services, recently took a detailed… Read more »

Transit is key for new Alexandria development

Circulators, frequent buses could ease potential traffic from booming development plan Tucked into the southern edge of Alexandria, Va., between the Washington Beltway and Duke Street is the 230-acre Eisenhower East corridor. This formerly industrial area encompasses some of the newest development in Alexandria, including the Patent and Trademark Office (above) and the Carlyle Center office… Read more »

Will growth of shared mobility make people more willing to share their own cars?

As many as 95 percent of trips in big cities could be shared with no more than a 5-minute inconvenience for riders, according to a recent report co-authored by Carlo Ratti of MIT’s SENSEable City Lab. Back in 2010, the Albany Times Union did some interesting reporting to delve into why New York State residents… Read more »

Biking in Arlington gets a boost from Safetrack and warmer winter weather

Has there been an increase in biking in Arlington due to Washington D.C.’s region-wide SafeTrack initiative to repair Metrorail? It’s a difficult question to answer at this point. BikeArlington has already reported that there were increases up to 75 percent over 2015 daily averages in bike traffic at the Rosslyn-Custis Trail bike counter during the… Read more »

WMATA Metrobus data projects explore effects of fare payments, disruptions

Other presenters at Transportation Techies’ Bus Hack Night shared projects to help riders better understand their local bus routes Though the D.C. region has one of the busiest bus systems in the country, with more than 120 million trips in 2016, it’s still part of the nationwide movement to stem recent bus ridership declines. As such, WMATA is… Read more »

Disparity across D.C. region’s commute times a “serious equity problem”

An analysis from the Washington Post, with transit-mapping software provider Mapzen, highlights several severe disparities in the availability of reliable, frequent transit options for parts of the D.C. region. The animated map lays out shifting isochrones, or areas reachable within similar time frames, that reflect projected transit travel times during a given period of the day…. Read more »

Inspiring transit ridership requires meeting people where they are

Preferences and need are major factors that influence whether people take public transportation. And communicating to those people in the places they visit throughout their day is a key to improving and inspiring transit ridership. A new report from the American Public Transportation Association, Who Rides Public Transportation?, reveals insights that will be useful to… Read more »

Report envisions possible paths transportation technologies may take us in next 20 years

A version of this post originally appeared on contributor Hannah Budnitz’s blog, Go-How.com. As in the United States, how people will get around Great Britain in the near future is especially unclear given a number of emerging technologies. A recent report from RAND explored this uncertainty, offering three alternative visions of the future of mobility,… Read more »