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

Economic Prosperity
Watching the World Fly By

Six Tips for Cheap Amtrak Tickets

Thursday, March 20, 2014 4:11 PM

[Editor's note: This article was originally published at Amtrak's great blog. Go there for the full article. And if you've got the time to travel in leisure, comfort, and ease, Amtrak's offerings are quite a bit more affordable for cross-country travel throughout the U.S. than airline travel.] 1. Join Amtrak Guest Rewards Every time you […]

Community Design
Subway folks

Top 50 Traits of a Great Transit Manager

Thursday, March 20, 2014 1:27 PM

What traits and skill sets are important to becoming a great public transportation leader? METRO Magazine, where I serve as executive editor, surveyed more than 200 transit executives to find out. Being a skilled communicator and listener were the most commonly cited attribute, while having a good sense of humor and being able to laugh […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

Community Design
arlington slideshow

Arlington’s Strategies Integrate Community Development and Transportation

Friday, January 24, 2014 12:45 PM

[Editor's note: Arlington County's Director of Transportation Dennis Leach presented this slideshow at the recent Transportation Research Board annual conference in Washington D.C.] Arlington’s strategies have yielded substantial economic, transportation, and environmental benefits – allowing continued growth with less reliance on auto trips, and more use of  transit and other travel options. It isn’t just […]

Behavior mode

Images, Emotions are Keys to Getting People Out of Their Cars

Monday, December 23, 2013 12:02 PM

Last month I attended the Behavior, Energy and Climate Change Conference in Sacramento, California. In its seventh year, the conference brings together experts and practitioners interested in understanding more about individual and organizational behavior, and how it relates to climate change, energy usage, sustainable practices, and more. As transportation demand management practitioners, behavior change is […]

How To
Paul Mackie by MV

Audio: How Transportation Agencies Can Do More With Less

Friday, December 6, 2013 12:46 PM

  Here is my latest airing on Transportation Radio, which features Mobility Lab and the work it’s doing to research and publicize Arlington County, Virginia’s cutting-edge transportation programs. Paul Mackie, Mobility Lab’s communications director, discusses the possibilities for transportation agencies nationwide to do more with less funding (which seems to now be a permanent state […]

GoldSpike with Natalie Currie and Asha Aravindakshan

Why Not Have a Walking Meeting? Here’s How

Tuesday, November 26, 2013 1:43 PM

I was one of about 1,500 people to attend the inaugural SXSW V2V hosted at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, Nevada back in August.   V2V – which stands for a bunch of things, including Visionaries to Vegas, Vision to Venture, Voice to Voice, and Venture to Vegas — was all about learning the skills, […]