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How To includes material that will help you figure out ways to easily trim down on your drive-alone car trips and move to better, healthier transportation options.

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Paul and Ray slideshow

Video: Ray LaHood on How to Build a Better Voice for Transportation

Monday, November 18, 2013 11:40 AM

Former U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood answers a few pressing questions from me before taking the stage for Mobility Lab’s event on October 16 called People First: The Future of Transportation in America. Promoting and educating about bike, walk, rideshare, telework, public transit … these are low- to no-cost initiatives that are key to strengthening our […]

Seniors in Bike Lane slideshow

A Safer Driver is One with a Bicyclist’s Perspective

Wednesday, November 13, 2013 10:40 AM

The biggest obstacle to safely riding a bicycle is the inattentiveness of drivers. This was one of the points I drove home as a panelist at the 2013 Fairfax Bike Summit earlier this month. While people on bicycles surely need to learn and obey the biking laws where they ride, there are many more of […]

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Transit Agencies Must Improve Service Through Technology

Tuesday, September 10, 2013 1:35 PM

Transit in the Baltimore-Washington D.C. metropolitan area is complex. More than a dozen agencies serve the region, with overlapping service areas, conflicting stop numbering schemes, and uncoordinated schedules. For transit riders, it can be difficult to piece together intermodal journeys across the region because the information simply isn’t readily available. You can board an OmniLink bus in […]

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How to Host World Carfree Day in Your City

Thursday, September 5, 2013 10:04 AM

On New Year’s Eve 2011, I moved to a mixed-use neighborhood one-and-a-half miles from downtown Austin, Texas. I was living car-free and got around by carpooling and walking. This was very different from Washington D.C., where I had previously lived and used the public transit system almost daily. I was excited by the move and, […]