Tools To Use

Tools to Use highlights material that can be used in programming educational content related to mobility management and helping people find better options than single-occupancy car trips.

Community Design
Ted Eytan

Walking, the Oldest Form of Public Transportation, Goes High Tech

Monday, August 24, 2015 10:05 AM

For finding out what’s hot in the world of “people tracking,” Walk Hack Night at Mobility Lab on Thursday was the place to be. A handful of innovators spoke to a standing-room-only crowd of about 80 members of the Transportation Techies group in rapid-fire presentations on why knowing more about the movements of society is […]






by Paul Mackie
Community Design
Transit Planners

Planning Tool Brings Hope for Transit Users

Wednesday, August 5, 2015 3:22 PM

Paul Supawanich and his colleagues want to make transit better. They see transit as a powerful force for good because it is efficient at moving lots of people. The problem, as many transit riders will tell you, is sometimes transit isn’t actually that efficient in terms of getting someone from one place to another. There […]






by Chris Plano
Activity Centers
Dupont bus

Living in the Heart of D.C. May Actually Be Cheaper Than Living in the Outer Suburbs

Wednesday, June 17, 2015 10:50 AM

The conventional wisdom is that living in the city is much more expensive than living outside of it. Taxes, entertainment, and groceries all add up to a slightly higher cost of living in the city. Housing, though, is the expense that tips the scales decidedly in favor of the suburbs. Or does it? With car […]






by Paul Goddin
Education
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Peace and Love – Not Scare Mongering – Makes Better Bike-Ped-Car Messaging

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 3:33 PM

Arlington hasn’t unveiled its new PAL marketing campaign yet, but Mobility Lab received a preview of it. Soon to show up on ART buses, in Arlington Metro stations, and in local newspapers, the new series of ads are colorful and friendly in their gentle and light-hearted admonition for drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists to show each […]






by Paul Goddin
Toolkit
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Bikeshare Opens Major Possibilities for People Who Use CarFreeAtoZ

Thursday, May 14, 2015 11:36 AM

One of the key strengths of bikeshare is how it effectively expands the transportation network for its users. It unlocks new travel options that might not otherwise be possible, even for people with their own bikes. Now that CarFreeAtoZ supports bikeshare as an option, we can begin to see this impact more clearly than ever. […]






by David Emory
Toolkit
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D.C. Region’s First Capital Bikeshare-to-Transit App Unveiled by Arlington County

Thursday, May 14, 2015 11:36 AM

Along with bike-to-transit and drive-to-transit, people traveling throughout the Washington D.C. region – for the first time – can now search for bikeshare-to-transit directions as part of their trip planning. To see if your commute would benefit from Capital Bikeshare, start by going to CarFreeAtoZ.com. Follow the guide to submit your home and work address […]






by Trevor Gerhardt
Mobility Lab Releases
Trevor at Conveyal

Arlington Incubates Its Latest Transit-Tech Project

Wednesday, May 6, 2015 12:12 PM

It takes a certain amount of chutzpah to compete with the likes of Google, but that’s what a little start-up named Conveyal is doing. The firm creates digital tools to help transport authorities better communicate the wide array of available mobility options. Its new product is similar in functionality to Google Maps and the many […]






by Paul Goddin
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
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
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