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Why the struggle is real (especially today)

As the news of the Metro shutdown spread yesterday, all I could hear on my commute home was whispers of disbelief that an entire system/mode was being shut down. Midweek. For more than 24 hours. Unbelievable. And as I totally creeped on other people’s conversations, I commiserated, because even as a transportation demand management professional,… Read more »

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Taking fewer car trips is the best thing you can do for the environment

This article originally appeared on Triple Pundit. As leaders from around the world are meeting over two weeks in Paris to advance collective action on climate change, it’s heartening to note that transportation continues to gain prominence as an accepted path to cleaning up pollution. In order to keep global temperatures below levels that are dangerous… Read more »

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A first ride with Lyft Line, the D.C. region’s latest carpool option

This post originally appeared on the Arlington Transportation Partners blog. I was pretty excited to learn that Lyft was expanding its carpool service, Lyft Line, to the Washington D.C. region and opted to give it a try for my commute one day last week. Similar to Split and uberPOOL, Lyft Line allows a person to… Read more »

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12 Easy Tips to Help Local Governments Improve Transportation Options

Self-reflection can yield some truly beneficial results for public agencies: what’s behind your success? What could you be doing more effectively? Two years ago, Arlington, Virginia’s Department of Environmental Services, the county’s second largest department, sought to get a handle on its many programs – and nearly 1,000 employees and contractors – by understanding those… Read more »

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In rush-hour D.C., abundance of transportation options look “amazing”

At Arlington Transportation Partners and goDCgo, our job is to encourage residents and visitors in the Washington D.C. metro region to consider sustainable and active commutes. So we decided to try some of the many options in our first annual “Amazing Commuter Race.” In our book, the best ways to travel come down to cost, time,… Read more »

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Collision Puts Messy Road Rules and Design in Spotlight

Road safety is something that should matter to everyone. Some cities are starting to address the issue by Vision Zero or through other measures. But in many cases, such as in relation to the increase in cycling for transport, these issues aren’t being addressed. The unimaginable happens daily and it’s not just how we react in the moment,… Read more »

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Carsharing is Great Even for Car Owners

Cars work best for society when there’s more than one person using them, which is why we like when organizations such as Carma and Ridescout find ways to get people excited about carpooling and carsharing. I mean, who wouldn’t love cat cafes and origami owls? But seriously, aside from all the people you could be… Read more »

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Uber, Lyft Get a Carpool Competitor in D.C.

Boston-based Bridj recently launched limited service between Capitol Hill and Dupont Circle in Washington D.C. to help fill a niche not being targeted by buses. Another company, Split, launched just a couple days ago and is similar to Uber and Lyft in that you order a car to your location to taxi you to your destination. The… Read more »

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Arlington Incubates Its Latest Transit-Tech Project

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… Read more »

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Arlington County First in Nation with Program to Ease Public-School Staff Commutes

The only transportation demand management (TDM) program for public school faculty and staff in the U.S. has been created in Arlington County, Virginia. The program, called “ATP Schools,” is being administered by Arlington Transportation Partners (ATP), the employer-outreach arm of Arlington County Commuter Services. Funded by a grant from Virginia’s Department of Rail and Public… Read more »