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Read Mobility Lab Express #118 We’ve had autonomous-vehicle fever around Mobility Lab lately. We’re really concerned (and excited) about how the quality of people’s lives are affected and improved with the introduction of AVs. At this stage, which is mostly about real-life testing scenarios, policy needs to incentivize shared mobility (instead of private ownership) to… Read more »
Read Mobility Lab Express #117 When it comes to filmmaking, transit and active-transportation agencies have an uphill battle. It’s hard work creating perfect messaging that will inspire audiences to try something other than their beloved four-wheeled stress cages. Our new film series is called The Switch. It’s about how people all over the country are being inspired to… Read more »
Read Mobility Lab Express #116 We as Americans usually only think about parking when we need a spot. That’s why it’s so heartening to see more and more places, like Columbus and Seattle featured in this issue, thinking seriously about the many woes that too much parking brings upon our country. It’s also pretty amazing that the video… Read more »
Read Mobility Lab Express #115 No summer doldrums for us here at Mobility Lab. Thanks to the release of a new video we made about parking, in partnership with Vox and Chilton Media Group, and featuring the legendary scholar Donald Shoup (pictured), our website has had its third-heaviest month of traffic ever. That and the release of our new survey of… Read more »
Read Mobility Lab Express #114 We’ve got a lot of great stuff happening here in the dog days of summer at Mobility Lab. If you like the Express newsletter, you’ll LOVE our relatively new Mobility Lab Daily, with all the TDM news you need to know from around the web. And if you haven’t been… Read more »
The Washington D.C. region has officially made it through SafeTrack, the ambitious maintenance program that forced commuters to rethink their trips as portions of the Metrorail system took their turns shutting down over the last year. WMATA and other agencies worked to offer non-driving commute options to affected riders, demonstrating the need for a wide… Read more »
Given that our most-read post this week encouraged retailers to embrace bike parking, it’s worth re-upping this post about Arlington County’s guide for bicycle parking standards. Secure, simple racks can go a good way toward encouraging bicycling: a 2012 Virginia Tech study of DC commuters found that people with bike parking at their offices were… Read more »
Regardless of the timing of their arrival, autonomous vehicles will play a significant role in how we discuss congestion in the future. To get ahead of the problem, it’s worth exploring pricing plans to incentivize efficient deployment and behaviors. Mobility Lab’s Managing Director Howard Jennings made the case for this kind of forward thinking recently… Read more »
It’s the middle of May, and that can only mean one thing: Bike Month. Cities and towns across the country are holding their Bike to Work Days, providing a welcoming, stress-free opportunity for commuters to finally try out a two-wheel commute. Here in Arlington, Va., we’re looking forward to the D.C. region’s Bike to Work… Read more »
Last month, the Association for Commuter Transportation gathered in Washington, D.C., for its 2017 Public Policy Summit, which showcased the changing policies of transportation demand management – covering everything from “mobility as a service” to the current state of the commuter tax benefit. ACT also launched its “25 x 20” campaign, which looks to encourage… Read more »
Major transportation disruptions never fail to create predictions of “carrmageddon” when more commuters are forced onto fewer roads. But each case, like the latest and ongoing closure in Atlanta, offers an interesting study in how people react and ultimately avert gridlock. Many in Atlanta have taken to MARTA, which has stepped up service to accommodate… Read more »
Research unveiled at South by Southwest last month (see below) serves as a reminder of the potential congestion-causing impacts and many other unknowns of autonomous vehicles. And while the new technologies may be intriguing, a Swedish transit ad reminds riders (and transportation advocates) that the true shared, electric, traffic-fighting mode is already here: buses. And… Read more »
South by Southwest is currently running in Austin, part of which is highlighting new technologies and businesses looking to make their mark on transportation options. Though the exact impacts of emerging technologies like autonomous vehicles are currently unknown, statements from automakers and other companies indicate broad moves to begin selling not just cars, but mobility options… Read more »
For major employers and large residential properties facing parking crunches and other transportation demand issues, potential TDM fixes may be hiding in plain sight. See the featured story from Arlington Transportation Partners in which our survey of a local hospital’s employees revealed a surprisingly high potential for carpool matches. Also covered in this issue: tweaking… Read more »
This month, a number of news items have highlighted the ongoing importance of transportation demand management as a tool to address congestion issues. A biennial report from downtown Seattle shows how TDM efforts and transit improvements are keeping drive-alone commutes at 30 percent while transit ridership rises. Noted below, San Francisco is investing in a… Read more »
Earlier this month, more than 430 advocates, professionals, and enthusiasts braved a snowy Saturday for an energetic, bustling TransportationCamp DC 2017. The event would not have been possible for us without the support of host partners, sponsors, and a small army of dedicated volunteers. See below for our write-up, and keep an eye out for… Read more »
This Express marks not only our last edition of 2016, but also the 100th edition! To mark the occasion, scroll down to take a look back to November 2012, when the very first newsletter hit inboxes. Many of the issues covered have continued to shape the D.C. region for the better, adding more transportation options,… Read more »
Several pieces in this week’s Express touch on the integration of bikeshare and transit, as both useful transportation connectors and how to simplify connections between the two. While fare integration may not happen in the immediate future, any steps – docks near bus stops, discounted passes – that agencies can take to unify the two… Read more »
It’s official: registration is now open for the next TransportationCamp DC! On January 7, transportation enthusiasts, professionals, and advocates will come together at the annual “unconference” to discuss topics ranging from transit advocacy strategies to bike infrastructure best practices. And as an unconference, the agenda is entirely up to attendees – so start thinking about… Read more »
Despite all the news developments and best practices we feature on the Mobility Lab blog, the world of transportation demand management (and adjacent issues) is always turning. With that in mind, we launched the Mobility Lab Daily newsletter, which highlights leading transportation stories from sites across the web. If you haven’t yet, subscribe to the… Read more »
Bikesharing, carsharing, and the broader sharing economy are reshaping how people think about the transportation options available in their cities. That’s why we’ll be at the National Shared Mobility Summit in Chicago this coming week, where transportation leaders from around the country will meet to share lessons about expanding shared-mobility options, like this one from… Read more »
In the last Express, we remarked upon the U.S. Department of Transportation’s release of 2015 traffic fatality data, which showed a 7.2 percent increase in driving deaths over 2014. Now, with good timing, APTA’s new report on transit and traffic safety cites the key role of public transportation and transportation demand management as ways to… Read more »
We often discuss the importance of better, accessible data and analysis in the transportation industry. But to echo a point made last month by City Observatory, that focus on data can often be betrayed by how car-centric it tends to be. As agencies discuss moves toward “smart city” technologies, it’s important to note where that… Read more »
We’ve returned from the Association for Commuter Transportation annual conference, fresh with inspiring stories of agencies and employers working across the U.S. to encourage more people to take transit, bike, walk, and carpool to work. Catch our first two write-ups below, and see Arlington Transportation Partners program director’s Wendy Duren’s blog post here for a… Read more »
We are reporting live this week from beautiful Portland, Ore., as a media sponsor of the annual Association for Commuter Transportation conference. This is the perfect time to be here, and there’s a lot to be excited about. We’re looking forward to rides on the newly launched Biketown bikeshare system, with its flexible smart-bikes, with… Read more »
Cities and transit agencies can often learn a lot from their competitors when it comes to communicating non-driving modes. In last week’s episode of the transportation and urbanism podcast Talking Headways, Mobility Lab’s Paul Mackie spoke with host Jeff Wood about better ways to reach out to people about switching modes. Also, we would be… Read more »
Now wrapping up its second maintenance surge, SafeTrack is becoming more of the norm across the D.C. Metro as many people find alternate commutes to avoid crowds. In a recent episode of WAMU’s podcast Metropocalypse, Melissa McMahon of Arlington County Commuter Services spoke about these temporary shifts in commuting behavior, and what they mean for the region…. Read more »
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.