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.

Mobility Lab Releases
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3 Ways Multi-Modal Travel is Tricky for App Developers

Tuesday, March 10, 2015 9:39 AM

When searching for a route with OpenTripPlanner, we transit techies use complex profile-routing algorithms to objectively find the best options across all available modes, which can lead to an enormous amount of results. To get the best results in the quickest amount of time requires a lot of pruning and optimization. In the backend of […]






by Trevor Gerhardt
How To
SuperHeroes

Infrastructure Money Tight? Do Better Bus Marketing

Friday, March 6, 2015 2:08 PM

If cities want to reduce the need for expensive infrastructure improvements, they should brand and market their buses better, according to New York Times conservative commentator Josh Barro. Citing a 2009 report from the Federal Transit Administration, he notes there is evidence to believe that transit agencies could attract more discretionary or choice riders if […]






by Chris Hamilton
Education
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BikeArlington Encourages the “Concerned 60%” to Get on a Bike

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 10:56 AM

Don’t ride a bicycle? Arlington County wants to change that. The Virginia county is committed to getting as many residents as possible on a car-free diet, and encouraging more of its residents to get around by bike is one way the county is achieving this goal. Arlington’s BikeArlington team makes biking more accessible to its residents, performing outreach […]






by Paul Goddin
Education
Crazy words

5 Ways Our Transportation Vocabulary Makes Absolutely No Sense

Friday, February 20, 2015 12:33 PM

Planners (myself included) love to bemoan our society’s over-reliance on the automobile. We attribute it to misguided-land use policies that promote sprawl, and funding biases that direct more money toward paving roads than expanding transit service. We even acknowledge that we are up against a “car culture” or “America’s love affair with the automobile” which […]






by Monique Wahba
Economic Prosperity
Transit Pass People slideshow

Transit Comfort Begins with Great Customer Service

Thursday, February 19, 2015 3:02 PM

There’s a story that’s popular in business schools. A blizzard in the California Sierras had knocked out all communications and deliveries to customers of a California FedEx office. Unable to meet the company’s “absolutely, positively delivered overnight” guarantee, a junior FedEx staffer, without approval of his managers, rented a helicopter (charging it on his personal […]






by Paul Goddin
Education
Newsroom People

3 Lessons Working for the Newspaper Teaches About Transportation Choice

Monday, January 26, 2015 9:35 AM

I came to the transportation demand management (TDM) industry after an eight-year stint with the local daily newspaper, working as a marketing analyst in the circulation department. My time there corresponded with massive changes in the newspaper industry brought on by new ways of delivering information, by skyrocketing fuel costs that drove up delivery expenses, […]






by Jeremy Holmes
Community Design
Rideshare

Mobility Lab’s Top 10 Stories of 2014

Monday, December 22, 2014 1:57 PM

Uber, Sidecar, and Lyft Are Great Options, But They Are Not Ridesharing Companies– Although these companies still mistakenly refer to themselves as “ridesharing” services, they should be commended for giving people more transportation options and beginning to allow people to actually share rides (thus, potentially taking drive-alone trips off the roads) through new offshoots like Lyft […]






by Paul Mackie
Economic Prosperity
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Making It Easy for Small Businesses to Offer Transit Benefits

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 12:37 PM

It has been well documented that large companies offering transit benefits to their employees gain payroll tax savings, lower health-benefit costs, increased employee productivity, and better retention levels. But we seem to hear less about the advantages to small companies. Turns out, offering transit benefits is just as beneficial for small firms as it is […]






by Paul Goddin
Economic Prosperity
commute

San Francisco Law Helps Companies and Their Employees Ease Their Commutes

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 2:39 PM

Over the past few months, Washington D.C. and New York City have each passed laws for employee commuter benefits, and Honolulu and Kansas City are considering it. So why the growing interest? Probably partly because these cities have seen how, in San Francisco, there has been an increase in the use of sustainable commuting modes […]






by Krute Singa
Toolkit
15th Street

D.C. Using Data to Envision Bike Lanes of the Future

Thursday, November 13, 2014 4:02 PM

One bike every 13 seconds. One-hundred fifteen bikes in a 15-minute period. That’s what newly installed bicycle sensors recorded during a recent evening rush hour on the 15th Street cycle track – a massive number considering the bike lane itself is just two years old. Darren Buck, the head of the Washington D.C. Department of […]






by Amy Eagleburger