Toolkit

Mobility Lab offers a toolkit for transportation planners.

Much of the material here provides insight into how Arlington County, Virginia and Washington D.C. have implemented transportation-oriented development that works and can easily be replicated. The toolkit includes actual tools, marketing promotions, and strategies that have been utilized by these locales, but also ones that have been shown to work from places all over the world.

Check back often because we plan to better organize the toolbox into helpful and easy-to-navigate categories such as bicycle programs, marketing, behavior change, business incentives, energy savings, key research, policy, community design, improving traffic, and jobs.

If you have tools that you think may fit in nicely into the toolbox, we would love to hear from you. You can send your ideas and insights to Paul Mackie, director of communications, at Paul.Mackie@MobilityLab.org.

Community Design
Parkign sign

6 Ways to Become Your Own City Planner

Thursday, October 16, 2014 2:55 PM

This article was originally published in Tech Cocktail. The trend is that governments are opening up data, as well as planning and budgeting processes. Public participation is taking on a whole new look. Local civic advocates are stepping up as collaborators well-versed in details once reserved for professionals. Wait – what? That’s right. Civic leaders […]






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Economic Prosperity
ATP Business Commuters

Transit Use = Healthy Employees, Businesses in Arlington

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 1:44 PM

This article is adapted from the Arlington Transportation Partners blog. Last week’s Greater Washington’s Healthiest Employers Awards and Workplace Wellness Expo, hosted by the Washington Business Journal and United Healthcare, recognized 50 companies in the D.C. region. And it is notable that four out of the five “healthiest employers” finalists from Arlington County are also Arlington […]






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Community Design
Trick Out

Proposals to “Trick Out Your Trip” Due Soon

Wednesday, September 10, 2014 5:00 PM

How do you feel when you get to the bus stop? You say to yourself, “Where is this bus? When will it be here? Why am I standing so close to huge metal-box cars flying past me at the speed of light? Where is the shade?” Or how about the subway platform? “Is the next-train-arrival […]






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Education
AU CaBi

American University Freshmen Creatively Oriented to D.C. Transit

Friday, September 5, 2014 4:18 PM

On most days in Washington D.C., if you ride on Metrorail, Metrobus, or DC Circulator, you’ll find yourself surrounded by fellow commuters with their faces intently reading the newspaper, a best-selling novel, texting, or playing games on their mobile device. What you probably wouldn’t expect to see on public transit is nearly 200 college freshmen […]






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Commentary
TTI graphic

Scoring Your Commute: Driving Can Be a Very Poor Choice

Thursday, September 4, 2014 1:33 PM

While living in the Washington D.C. region the past two years, I’ve been fortunate enough to always live right next to Metrorail (U Street, Pentagon City, and now NoMA) while working from home half of the time and out of 1776 (near McPherson Square and Farragut North) the other half. This has allowed me to […]






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Newsroom
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 […]






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How To
LinkedIn

LinkedIn, Facebook Show How They Get Employees to Bike and Walk

Monday, August 4, 2014 7:24 PM

The bike/pedestrian coordinators from LinkedIn and Facebook stopped by the first day of the Association for Commuter Transportation conference in San Francisco to offer tips on how their businesses work to ease traffic. “One of best things you can do is to get a couple of community bikes. People will try them and realize that […]






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Education
Malouff at Lab

Tips for Effective Transportation Blogging

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 12:09 PM

This article was also published by Greater Greater Washington. Begin with your most important point. Use short sentences and clear, non-jargony language. Remember your end goal. These were among the tips BeyondDC creator and Greater Greater Washington  (GGW) blogger Dan Malouff imparted at this week’s Lunch at the Lab. Malouff discussed effective blogging and how to get published by websites such […]






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Commentary
TDM in Arlington

Demand-side Transportation Strategies Are Secret to Arlington’s Success

Monday, July 7, 2014 4:34 PM

Two recent headlines really sum it up nicely for Arlington County, Virginia. As Arlington Booms, Traffic Drops was written by Canaan Merchant in Greater Greater Washington and The Suburb of the Future is Here – How one city avoided the worst of suburbanization and revealed the path toward sustainable urban development was by Henry Grabar […]






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Commentary
SFpark: A stylish change in parking policy for stylish San Francisco. Source: SFMTA.

When Parking Prices Are Based on Demand, Everybody Wins

Wednesday, June 25, 2014 4:21 PM

(This article was originally published by Greater Greater Washington.) When San Francisco let parking prices fluctuate with demand, drivers found it easier and faster to find parking. The city maximized its valuable curb parking spaces and modestly sped up buses. These are some of the results from a recently-released evaluation of SFpark, a pilot program that started in […]






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