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The first “surge” of the WMATA SafeTrack maintenance program wraps up at the end of this week as track work shifts to a new section of the D.C. Metro system. And while it may be difficult to draw conclusions about changing commute habits over such a short period of time, initial numbers suggest that some… Read more »
Bike Month has come and gone, but not without a rousing, successful Bike to Work Day in the Washington, D.C., region. Nearly all bike counters registered more riders than in 2015, and overall the day represented a 250 percent increase in riders from an average weekday. This year, the event held an extra value, given… Read more »
Following our video explanation of transportation demand management strategies last month, the Washington, D.C., region will soon see such policies brought to the forefront of the transportation discussion. The recently announced SafeTrack Metro repair program will disrupt the commutes of thousands of people, necessitating other options to step up and ease the travel. But as… Read more »
We’ve often noted that the “transportation demand management” industry is overdue for something of a makeover. It’s an essential practice for improving our transportation networks, but it’s an equally difficult idea to communicate. With that in mind, we’ve produced a “What is TDM?” video that we hope transit agencies and others will use to further… Read more »
Cities, suburbs, and even rural areas are thinking creatively about what gets people out of driving alone to work, and into a shared ride or different mode. This week, Mobility Lab joined transportation demand management professionals from across the U.S. converged in Washington, D.C., for the Association for Commuter Transportation’s 2016 Policy Summit, which covered… Read more »
Commuting by car might start to look a little different in the future, and better, but only if we start addressing the major inefficiency on our roads: the empty seats in cars. Our new video takes a look at that concept, speaking with a number of transportation technology experts about the growing potential, both in… Read more »
Recent visitors to the Mobility Lab site may have noticed some changes in the past week: a cleaner look, new pages, and a better fit on mobile devices. We hope our new look will make it easier for visitors and newcomers to find articles and research relevant to their interests. Many of our sub-topics now… Read more »
Agencies that create opportunities for cooperation with stakeholders and riders stand to benefit from these learning experiences. That’s why it was heartening for Mobility Lab’s Transportation Techies group to hold its Metro Hack Night from within the WMATA headquarters in downtown Washington, D.C., where the agency announced it would begin releasing real-time data on where… Read more »
With the growth of connected bike networks, ride-hailing companies, bikeshare, carsharing, and transit, are the costs of personal car ownership really worth it? The array of transportation options available in urban areas has expanded greatly from even a decade ago, offering a tempting alternative to decades-old car-centered status quo. Three years ago, planner and advocate Veronica… Read more »
TransportationCamps bring together so many different kinds of planners, advocates, engineers and enthusiasts. The most recent one, in the Washington, D.C., region, gave us a chance to check out all the exciting work that’s happening across the country in the transportation field. Take a look at our new video, in which Mobility Lab’s Paul Mackie… Read more »
This past weekend, the fifth annual TransportationCamp DC brought together planners, advocates, engineers and enthusiasts for a day packed with new ideas, innovative proposals, and exciting lessons. A record number of attendees proposed sessions covering everything from regulations on automated taxis to organized “armies” of transit advocates. For those who were not able to make it, sessions… Read more »
In 2015, our most popular articles ranged from wide commentary on the transportation industry to smaller, local initiatives expanding options in and around Arlington, Va. Many of our contributors sought to address some of the major unknowns that currently face the transportation industry, especially as demographic shifts bring more people to urban areas. What role… Read more »
On December 13, the twenty-first UN Conference of Parties concluded its talks in Paris with broad agreement from 196 signatory countries to lower carbon emissions and regularly report their national progress. But as Next City and other outlets have noted, a major part of this low-carbon movement will be led by urban areas, who can… Read more »
Congress, for the first time in years, is in the final stretches of passing a multi-year transportation funding bill. While the bill marks an achievement for this session, in many ways, it continues a long-uninspiring path for transportation funding that is unlikely to provide the efficient transportation options and safe infrastructure needed for Americans. However,… Read more »
After building and rebuilding our cities around cars and accepting the growing sacrifices in traffic, space, and public health, our transportation systems are ripe for change. Disruption is already happening through various ride-hailing companies and shared-use options, from Uber to bikeshare systems. This past week, Mobility Lab’s Paul Mackie was part of a panel at… Read more »
It’s always exciting to see passionate advocates come together to share ideas and discuss making our cities better. Washington, D.C., just hosted the National Walking Summit, while the NACTO Designing Cities conference took place in Austin. Both addressed how we can design and plan walkable, livable communities with abundant transportation options. It doesn’t pay to… Read more »
Our streets and transportation choices were not always centered on cars. Decades of shifting cultural values and incentives have molded public, pedestrian spaces into the dangerous domain of the personal car. Storytelling is one powerful way we can reshape how we think about our transportation systems and open new avenues for more effective and safer options…. Read more »
This week, the Shared Use Mobility Summit took place in Chicago, casting light on the rapid growth of shared and on-demand transportation services available in cities. Transportation leaders came together from the public and private sectors to discuss new trends and how companies and agencies can better work together to foster collaboration and innovation. With better… Read more »
It’s truly fascinating these days to see so many cities and companies racing to improve the transportation choices increasingly available to all of us.It seems there’s a “first” each and every week. Indianapolis has just committed $6 million to BlueIndy (alongside $41 million from a French carsharing company and $3 million from Indianapolis Power and Light… Read more »
UberPool. Lyft Line. Bridj. Sidecar. Carma. Split. Social Bicycles. Vectus. RideAmigos. car2go. That’s just the tip of the iceberg. Mobility Lab Express #69 – September 1, 2015
Even in the doldrums of summer here in Arlington, Virginia, where Mobility Lab is based, there is still cool stuff going on with our Transportation Techies. Just a year-and-a-half old, the quickly expanding group has mostly met in Arlington and next-door Washington D.C., but it recently took its first journey to Baltimore. It’s a safe… Read more »
We at Mobility Lab have been working overtime at this past week’s annual Association for Commuter Transportation conference, as we continue to push diverse traveling options to cure so many of society’s transportation, health, and environmental woes. Look for several articles at our website in the coming weeks about the great work we learned that others in… Read more »
This is the time of year when we at Mobility Lab start to get excited for the annual Association for Commuter Transportation conference. This year, it’s in Baltimore from July 26-29, and it’s a key marker for moving the transportation-management industry in the much-needed directions of more funding, policy, and prestige. We’re speaking on a… Read more »
This issue of Mobility Lab Express arrives in your inbox with a new look. By making the news we bring you here more mobile friendly (since research tells us 65 percent of you are reading this on a smart phone), we hope you’ll be intrigued enough to click on links and join the longer conversations… Read more »
I recently got a lot of great tips on how public-transportation advocates should talk. Mobility Lab Express #64 – June 15, 2015 Also in this issue: POLICY: Transit Agencies Need Online Savvy to Influence Politics RESEARCH: Should Uber Get Special Treatment? A Look At Sharing-Economy Rules COMMUNITY DESIGN: Does Chicago’s Elevated “L” Get the Fundamentals… Read more »
Transportation agencies must give people the tools and information needed to get around. Mobility Lab Express #63 – June 1, 2015 Also in this issue: POLICY: Transit in U.S. Can Look to Swiss for Economic Vision, Beyer Says TRANSIT TECH: How Transit Agencies Can Manage the “Blizzard” of Negativity on Twitter BUSINESS: Uber, Lyft Get… Read more »
Arlington County, Virginia’s incubation of transit-tech projects like Conveyal’s CarFreeAtoZ is one way the county seeks to improve the lives of the D.C. region’s commuters. Mobility Lab Express #62 – May 15, 2015 Also in this issue: POLICY: Transit in U.S. Can Look to Swiss for Economic Vision, Beyer Says COMMUNITY DESIGN: London and Stockholm… Read more »
The only transportation demand management (TDM) program for public school faculty and staff in the U.S. has been created in Arlington County, Virginia. Mobility Lab Express #61 – May 1, 2015 Also in this issue: POLICY: Cities Must Understand Bikeshare Is Transit COMMUNITY DESIGN: Taking Bridj in D.C. Offers Great New Option, and Maybe Even Some… Read more »
Social media is undoubtedly an increasingly powerful tool to improve messaging about the values of public transportation. Mobility Lab Express #60 – April 15, 2015 Also in this issue: RESEARCH: For Earth Day, Accountability for Transportation Agencies May Begin with Environmental Messages TRANSIT TECH: School Bicycling Safety in Alexandria, Virginia Gets a Look From Tech… Read more »
After recently flying from Albany to Washington D.C., I jumped on the Metro at the airport. I thought: I’ve navigated subway systems in New York City, Paris, London, and Montreal, so how hard could it be in D.C.? Mobility Lab Express #59: April 1, 2015 Also in this issue: TRANSIT TECH: SXSW Hackers Suggest Austin Transportation… Read more »
We’re thrilled in this issue to bring you, our faithful subscribers, a sneak peek of two short videos Mobility Lab will release this week. They feature several transportation thought leaders discussing where public transportation is headed and ways we can all be involved. Mobility Lab Express #58 – March 15, 2015 Also in this issue: TRANSIT… Read more »
Transit, bicycling, and pedestrian programs will be increasingly important in order to meet the country’s future transportation needs. Mobility Lab Express #57 – March 1, 2015 Also in this issue: TRANSIT TECH: An Inside Glimpse of How Parking is Going High Tech EDUCATION: 5 Ways Our Transportation Vocabulary Makes Absolutely No Sense COMMUNITY DESIGN: How… Read more »
President Obama has released his proposed budget, which includes $478 billion over six years for infrastructure, including a much-needed 75% increase in transit spending. Mobility Lab Express #56 – February 15, 2015 Also in this issue: ECONOMIC PROSPERITY: How Uber is Driving Down the Cost of Transportation RESEARCH: 2 Down Sides to Low Gas Prices… Read more »
More than 120 Arlington businesses were recognized this past week as “Champions” of making transportation easier for their employees and tenants, and for the Washington region. Mobility Lab Express #55 – February 1, 2015 Also in this issue: RESEARCH: More Jobs Created Through Public Transportation Than Roads RESEARCH: Fully Driverless Cars Will Be Ready in… Read more »
Four-hundred twenty-five transportation enthusiasts converged at George Mason University’s Arlington, Virginia campus on Saturday in the largest TransportationCamp yet. Mobility Lab Express #54 – January 15, 2015 Also in this issue: TRANSIT TECH: “Best Conference Ever:” TransportationCamp’s Lab-Like Setting Energizes Attendees TRANSIT TECH: Smaller Communities Explore Health, Public Transportation Connections POLICY: DOT’s Chief Data Officer Looks for… Read more »
Tickets for TransportationCamp DC on January 10th are selling like hotcakes. To get you psyched, we have been previewing the event at our website. Mobility Lab Express #53 – January 1, 2015 Also in this issue: The Top 10 Stories of 2014 on MobilityLab.org TRANSIT TECH: Boston, Vegas Startups Tap Smart-Route Tech TRANSIT TECH: TransitScreen Looks to… Read more »
Nearly all of our most recent stories at MobilityLab.org have been about the fast-moving and shifting landscape of transportation options. It seems like every week we hear about new and easier ways for people to move around their communities. Mobility Lab Express #52 – December 15, 2014 Also in this issue: TRANSIT TECH: Time is On Our… Read more »
Congress may soon restore an equivalent tax break for transit commuters that would match the current parking subsidy. Meanwhile, it’s important to point out that big businesses and small ones alike can reap rewards from offering transit benefits to employees. Mobility Lab Express #51 – December 1, 2014 Also in this issue: INFOGRAPHIC: A graphic representation of… Read more »
Now 50 issues and 2 years into Mobility Lab Express, we have lots to give thanks for, including: You: We started the Express e-newsletter with a list of a couple thousand people in our network. We now have triple that number of subscribers with about 30 new ones each week (and almost never any unsubscribes). Mobility Lab Express #50 –… Read more »
Civic leaders around the country are tackling the normally staid topics of urban planning and traffic engineering on their own terms. Read about the 6 Ways to Become Your Own City Planner. Mobility Lab Express #49 – November 1, 2014 Also in this issue: POLICY: Flying Cars Instead of Bikes? Let’s Talk Real Solutions. Now. EDUCATION:… Read more »
When we recently visited Roanoke, Virginia for CityWorks(X)po, we learned how Roanoke’s downtown public plaza was actually the result of a crowdsourcing project launched at (X)po in 2011. Mobility Lab Express #48 – October 15, 2014 Also in this issue: EDUCATION: Messages for Getting People to Bike Need to Be Revamped TRANSIT TECH: Building Better Online Transit Mapping for All… Read more »
Americans took a record 10.7 billion rides on U.S. transit systems in 2013. Who exactly were these riders, and why did they choose public transit over other options? Mobility Lab Express #47 – October 1, 2014 Also in this issue: RESEARCH: Uber, Lyft May Add Convenience … And Traffic Jams EDUCATION: Strong Messages Needed to… Read more »
One of our newest contributors, Jeremy Holmes, recently wrote about what it means for a place to have a “bike culture.” Mobility Lab Express #45 – September 1, 2014 Also in this issue: TRANSIT TECH: Scoring Your Commute: Driving Can Be a Very Poor Choice RESEARCH: As D.C. Ages, Inclusive Transportation Options Needed ECONOMIC PROSPERITY: Suburbanites… Read more »
Mobility Lab is thrilled to have just helped launch the North American Bikeshare Association. Mobility Lab Express #45 – September 1, 2014 Also in this issue: RESEARCH: Suburbs – The Secret to D.C.’s Soaring Walkability? COMMUNITY DESIGN: Why Arlington (and Every Place) Needs More Protected Bike Lanes VIDEO: Transit Systems Tap Video’s Storytelling Ability to Attract,… Read more »
I got to explore San Francisco by bicycle over a couple of days during this month’s crucially educational Association for Commuter Transportation conference. Mobility Lab Express #44 – August 15, 2014 Also in this issue: RESEARCH: Where to Find Love? Ride Public Transportation TRANSIT TECH: Capital Bikeshare’s Regional Approach is a Winning Formula POP CULTURE: Curb Your… Read more »
All the rage this week in Washington D.C. is the opening of Metrorail’s Silver Line, with the introduction of five new stations in the Virginia portion of the system. Mobility Lab Express #43 – August 1, 2014 Also in this issue: TRAVEL/TOURISM: 5 Ways DC’s Metro Beats NY’s Subway TRANSIT TECH: Hitchhiking Goes High Tech:… Read more »
Yes, Virginia Interstate 66 is a mess. Commuters are right to decry the congestion along this stretch of interstate, where travel times from Northern Virginia into D.C. are the longest in the region. Mobility Lab Express #42 – July 15, 2014 Also in this issue: RESEARCH: Demand-side Transportation Strategies Are Secret to Arlington’s Success RESEARCH:… Read more »
With summer’s bike-riding months in full swing, it’s important that we all start thinking a little differently about who’s out there riding all these bikes. There may have once been a social stigma about riding bikes. And there may still be in some places and with some people. But we need to collectively get over… Read more »
The second-annual Innovation in Mobility Public Policy Summit took place this week, with hundreds of attendees excitedly discussing the future of transit tech and shared-use mobility. As one of the event’s co-sponsors, Mobility Lab live-blogged the event to bring you the news asap. Mobility Lab Express #40 – June 15, 2014 Also in this issue: Why Not… Read more »
Transportation options have reaped an economic bounty here where Mobility Lab is based in Arlington, Virginia. The Brookings Institution is among those finding strong correlations between public transit and economic competitiveness. Mobility Lab Express #39 – June 1, 2014 Also in this issue: Other Places Nipping at Heels of Arlington’s Transit-Oriented Development Would Protected Bike… Read more »
In an exciting report Mobility Lab has just released with George Mason University, we recommend Arlington, Virginia stay ahead of the curve by following more international urban-planning trends rather than just those happening in other U.S. cities. Mobility Lab Express #38 – May 15, 2014 Also in this issue: 10 Rules for Construction of Good Bicycle Parking What’s Your Favorite… Read more »
If you are interested in developing new ideas for smart urban transportation, the Embassy of Sweden, Mobility Lab, and others are co-sponsoring a can’t-miss creative workshop on May 21. Mobility Lab Express #37 – May 1, 2014 Also in this issue: Arlington County Building High-Tech Commute-Planning Software Modeling Bikesharing in Aspen, Colorado Redefining Uber: Why the Term “Rideshare” Doesn’t… Read more »
As an avid iPhone user, I have bought into the sense that Apple could literally peer into the future and deliver me technology that I never realized I would so desperately need. However, Apple’s decision to build a mammoth new headquarters in Cupertino, California – miles from public transportation and adequate housing – amounts to a corporate… Read more »
People love new transportation technologies like Uber, Sidecar, and Lyft that are allowing them to get on their smartphones to quickly and conveniently hail a ride. But with that ease of use, there are several murky areas that could negatively affect the public. Mobility Lab Express #35 – April 1, 2014 Also in this edition: Columbia Pike Streetcar Would Bring… Read more »
A “transit premium” can increase property values by between a few percentage points and more than 150 percent. Most property owners and managers (and the business leaders who operate within buildings) can find ways to better promote and encourage a range of multi-modal options. Mobility Lab Express #34 – March 15, 2014
I attended the Shared-Use Mobility Summit in San Francisco last year and came away from it with a strong sense that the conversations happening there should continue. Mobility Lab Express #33 – March 1, 2014
Making connections between modes and different transit systems requires planning and good information. Mobility Lab Express #32 – February 15, 2014
New Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe’s administration has the opportunity to take a fresh look at transportation funding and invest more dollars in commuter services. Mobility Lab Express #31 – February 1, 2014
2014 has begun with a bang here at Mobility Lab. Transportation Camp. Our Metrorail ridership analysis featured in the Washington Post. And much more … Mobility Lab Express #30 – January 1, 2014
Mobility Lab Express #29 – January 1, 2014 (Word) Happy New Year to all our transportation followers! We hope you have enjoyed our first full year of Mobility Lab Express newsletters.
Mobility Lab Express #28 – December 15, 2013 (PDF) Over here at Mobility Lab, we have a ton of exciting things happening right now in the “transit tech” arena.
Mobility Lab Express #27 – December 1, 2013 (PDF) I’m constantly on the look-out for the perfect, magical app that will help me get from place to place.
Mobility Lab Express #26 – November 15, 2013 (PDF) Transit’s impact on economic development was a major theme at the recent Rail-Volution conference in Seattle. King County (Washington) Executive Dow Constantine opened the conference by saying “transit is the backbone of our economy.”
Mobility Lab Express #25 – November 1, 2013 (PDF) If you haven’t already watched our two-minute video of the highlights from Ray LaHood’s news-making Mobility Lab event, wait no longer.
Mobility Lab Express #24 – October 15, 2013 (PDF) It’s already here: tomorrow’s can’t-miss event with former Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood at George Mason University’s Arlington campus.
Mobility Lab Express #23 – October 1, 2013 (PDF) Mobility Lab is thrilled to announce an event with former Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood at George Mason University’s Arlington campus Wednesday, October 16 at 10 a.m. Please register now, as we expect the event to sell out.
Mobility Lab Express #22 – September 15, 2013 (PDF) Trends indicate that Americans are driving less and have diminished interest in owning a vehicle. But what happens when the transportation modes they switch to become as crowded as the highways they left?
Mobility Lab Express #21 – September 1, 2013 (PDF) August has faded into September, which means events and meetings are kicking back into full gear all around the Nation’s Capital.
Mobility Lab Express #20 – August 15, 2013 (PDF) I’ve been trying to ride my bike to work 2-3 times each week. Some weeks are better than others. While I don’t think I’ll ever be a full-time bike commuter, I have certainly come to realize a number of benefits (as well as a handful of things I… Read more »
Mobility Lab Express #19 – August 1, 2013 (PDF) Mobility Lab is honored to have received the top award at the annual international conference of the Association for Commuter Transportation (ACT) in recognition for our efforts to showcase the groundbreaking efforts of Arlington County Commuter Services and many others.
Mobility Lab Express #18 – July 15, 2013 (PDF) With summer in full swing, transportation agencies around the country are creating exciting campaigns to make sure drivers, pedestrians, bicyclists, and all commuters are aware of each other.
Mobility Lab Express #17 – July 1, 2013 (PDF) Bikeshare programs are fast becoming expected urban amenities in cities around the world – symbols of thriving urban places that attract smart and creative people.
Mobility Lab Express #16 – June 15, 2013 (PDF) It’s been a year since Mobility Lab really ramped up our efforts to get the word out about mobility management. It’s thrilling to see how many connections the topic makes to our daily lives. Just in this issue of the Express alone, we feature human rights, technology, healthcare, and… Read more »
Mobility Lab Express #15 – June 1, 2013 (PDF) We recently exhibited our Capital Bikeshare Crowdsourcing Map at the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Data Palooza event in Washington D.C. Real-time data was a common thread in discussions at the event, and USDOT’s willingness to be creative and collaborate with the private sector and challenge traditional ways of thinking bodes… Read more »
Mobility Lab Express #14 – May 15, 2013 (PDF) Mobility Lab’s brand new Transportation Cost-Savings Calculator is featured. Our research teams are developing a calculation method to estimate, monetize, and communicate the return on investment from “transportation demand management” programs.
Mobility Lab Express #13 – May 1, 2013 (PDF) With communities around the world realizing that shifting from a car culture to healthier alternatives, walking is increasingly becoming a real commuter choice. In the U.S., there was a 6 percent increase over the past 5 years in adults who walk for transportation, fun, or exercise, according to… Read more »
Mobility Lab Express #12 – April 15, 2013 (PDF) Last week’s Mobility Lab symposium, Transportation Solutions for Aging in Auto-centric America, offered successes and challenges. Finding mobility solutions for our older adult population is not easy, given that our country is built largely for the automobile.
Mobility Lab Express #11 – April 1, 2013 (PDF) “Mobility management strategies” work. For example, Airlines Reporting Corporation was recently recognized as a “bike-friendly company.” But beyond the accolades, these strategies, which are frequently very inexpensive and can usually be easy to implement, offer a lot of bang for their buck in building happy and healthy work… Read more »
Mobility Lab Express #10 – March 15, 2013 (PDF) Mobility Lab has three major tenets as foundations to our work: Research, Communication, and Collaboration. Through our collaborative endeavors, we realize great things are possible when working with good partners to share knowledge, labor, and creativity. As you can see by reading this week’s Express, we have a… Read more »
Mobility Lab Express #9 – March 1, 2013 (PDF) What room is there for mobility-management professionals if individuals can access transportation information on their mobile devices? What will be the future need for human professionals in this realm of education and encouragement? One of the many questions we ponder in this edition of Mobility Lab Express.
Mobility Lab Express #8 – February 15, 2013 (PDF) Much of the discussion happening now in state houses across the country focuses on raising enough revenue for skyrocketing highway maintenance and construction costs to accommodate projections for ever increasing automobile travel. However, we believe that we cannot simply (and expensively) pave our way out of the traffic… Read more »
Mobility Lab Express #7 – February 1, 2013 (PDF) Mobility Lab began less than two years ago as a start-up focused on better transportation options that in turn create better lifestyles. We have a come a long way and are proud that our list of contributors keeps growing. This issue celebrates them.
Mobility Lab Express #6 – January 15, 2013 (PDF) This issue features the 2nd Annual TransportationCamp DC, held this past Saturday. With just about every one of the 300-plus people in attendance agreeing that the event was phenomenal, there is little reason to cover much else this issue.
Mobility Lab Express #5 – January 1, 2013 (PDF) Entering 2013, there are a lot of questions on Capitol Hill in regards to transportation policy. How will the fiscal cliff affect transit funding? What directions will the new leadership of the House Transportation Committee take? How can officials implement bikesharing systems more formally into their… Read more »
Mobility Lab Express #4 – December 15, 2012 (PDF) This issue, we look inside the Mobility Lab Toolbox, which provides insight into how Arlington County, Virginia and Washington D.C. have implemented transportation-oriented development that works and can easily be replicated.
Mobility Lab Express #3 – December 1, 2012 (PDF) Highlighting some of the great stories from Hack Day, this month’s Mobility Lab Express is focused on key connections between transportation options and technological choice.
Mobility Lab Express #2 – November 15, 2012 (PDF) This issue of Mobility Lab Express is focused on key connections between transportation options and energy and the environment.
Mobility Lab Express #1 – November 1, 2012 (PDF) The first issue of Mobility Lab Express is focused on how transportation options can lead to economic prosperity, especially when integrated with intelligent land use and design.