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.

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 […]






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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 […]






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Community Design
Dave Kirschner, VDOT, and Arlington County Personnel.

Going Behind the Scenes of Arlington’s Bike and Pedestrian Innovations

Friday, November 7, 2014 10:56 AM

How do government leaders learn from one another? One example is the recent tour Arlington County leaders offered to representatives from multiple Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) districts to showcase the county’s best practices in pedestrian and bicycle engineering. VDOT engineers from as far away as Hampton Roads and Lynchburg, representing nearly all nine VDOT […]






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Economic Prosperity
BikeArlington works

Bike Friendly is Business Friendly

Tuesday, November 4, 2014 12:42 PM

It has been well documented that having happy and fit employees helps productivity and the bottom line, but many businesses may be overlooking one of the cheaper ways to support a healthy work place: becoming a Bicycle Friendly Business through the League of American Bicyclists. And businesses in Arlington, Virginia may find earning that designation especially easy […]






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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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