80 Percent of New York’s 150 Million Taxi Trips Could Be Shared

Monday, March 24, 2014 3:16 PM

I’ve been a big fan of MIT’s Senseable City Lab since I was a grad student at Penn. Their work sits at the intersection of cities and technology, and so I’ve always found it incredibly fascinating. Recently, the Lab examined data from all of New York’s 13,586 registered cabs and looked for ways that technology and mobile […]

Community Design
Brett Metro

ModeScore Rates Accessibility of Buildings to Multiple Transportation Options

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 1:42 PM

A “transit premium” can increase property values by anywhere between a few percentage points up to more than 150 percent. As the business development manager of Developer Services at Arlington Transportation Partners, I spend a lot of time thinking about sustainable development, and how transportation access can improve building performance, sustainability and marketability. For my […]

Economic Prosperity

Business Appears to Be Picking Up Near Capital Bikeshare Stations

Wednesday, March 5, 2014 10:55 AM

New research suggests that companies located near Capital Bikeshare stations see an increase in business because of traffic from bikeshare riders. During the 2013 fall semester a group of urban-planning graduate students at Virginia Tech’s Alexandria campus investigated the economic impacts of bikesharing on local businesses. Together with myself and Andrea Hamre, the students used […]


TransitScreen Wins Transportation Research Board “Six Minute Pitch” Contest

Thursday, February 20, 2014 11:08 AM

My TransitScreen cofounder Matt Caywood (a Mobility Lab contributor) and I recently had the honor – along with three other transportation startups – of presenting our “Six Minute Pitch” at the Transportation Research Board (TRB) 93rd Annual Meeting in Washington D.C. on January 14. We won, and the biggest benefit is that we received recognition at an event with nearly […]


“Hot Zone” Commuters Taking Bikeshare to Use Metro

Tuesday, January 21, 2014 12:55 PM

In Capital Bikeshare’s 2013 customer survey, the local government regional partnership that created the service asked who made trips to and from Metro. It turns out that 54 percent of our customers do. So how far do Capital Bikeshare customers ride to get to and from Metro and their home? Well, we had some interesting […]

Activity Centers

Activity Centers: Economic Engines and Livable Places

Friday, January 17, 2014 1:39 PM

“For many people, this is a neighborhood where you can live, you can work, you can shop, you can have lots of cultural and recreational choices, all in the same place,” explains Harriet Tregoning, director of the District of Columbia Office of Planning, in describing NoMA in a new video from my organization – the Metropolitan Washington […]

Activity Centers
Activity Center

The Case for Activity Centers in the D.C. Region

Friday, January 10, 2014 4:07 PM

Atlanta has Livable Centers. San Francisco has Priority Development Areas. And here in D.C., we have Activity Centers. Different terms, similar concepts: places or hubs in large metropolitan areas where future growth is designated, encouraged, and concentrated. Activity Centers have big implications regarding efficiencies in transportation, sustainability, and livability, particularly in a post-recession environment of […]

Activity Centers
Vibrant Arlington

Prosperous Hubs of Activity Planned Across D.C. Region

Wednesday, January 8, 2014 2:33 PM

Today, the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) Board of Directors approved Place + Opportunity (PDF), a report that presents a regional framework to understand common challenges and opportunities among Activity Centers in our region. Examining a cross section of the region’s 141 Activity Centers, the Place + Opportunity Project Team conducted detailed analysis of each […]

Mobility Lab Releases
Unhappy Metro

Metrorail Commuters Could Lose Up to $115 Each Month, Starting Now, Thanks to Congress

Friday, January 3, 2014 10:59 AM

[Editor's note: Be sure to check out the Washington Post's feature article and excellent Metro rider calculator both created in a close collaboration with Mobility Lab's Research Director Stephen Crim. Great work, Stephen!] It’s 2014, and Congressional inaction on keeping the transit-benefit cap at $245 could cost the riders who make over 700,000 daily trips […]

Open Data slideshow

Top 10 Mobility Lab Stories of 2013

Thursday, January 2, 2014 1:01 PM

We go in a lot of directions at Mobility Lab. But – in a world with a booming population, ever-dirtier air from traffic pollution, and idealists who simply want to spend their time any other way but in traffic jams – we always bring it back to the concept of “moving people – not cars.” Within that […]