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Arlington County Building High-Tech Commute-Planning Software

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 1:14 PM

Does the world need another commute planning app? It may surprise you to know that we think the answer is a resounding “yes.” The Arlington Transit Tech Initiative is creating commute-planning software to provide personalized information for travelers making trips throughout the Washington D.C. region. We’re developing this as an open-source project, with the code […]

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“Hot Zone” Commuters Taking Bikeshare to Use Metro

Tuesday, January 21, 2014 12:55 PM

In Capital Bikeshare’s 2013 customer survey, the local government regional partnership that created the service asked who made trips to and from Metro. It turns out that 54 percent of our customers do. So how far do Capital Bikeshare customers ride to get to and from Metro and their home? Well, we had some interesting […]

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Environment
Alex Steffen

The Best of Transportation TED Talks: Part 2

Wednesday, December 4, 2013 11:07 AM

TED Talks is a clearinghouse of informative and inspirational short lectures from the leading thinkers of our age. In case you didn’t know, TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, and Design (its creator was himself an architect and graphic designer). With more than 1,500 TED Talks available online (not including Mobility Lab’s own mini-TED Talks we hosted recently for Young […]

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Residential GGW

Walkability, Parking, and TDM Influence Whether You Drive

Wednesday, November 20, 2013 12:44 PM

This article was originally published by Greater Greater Washington.  Arlington has tried to reduce traffic by clustering development around transit and using transportation demand management (TDM) programs to raise awareness of alternatives to driving. According to a new study of residential buildings, it’s working. We found that regardless of age or whether a building is […]

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Financial Returns for Arlington Transportation Yielding Healthy Sums

Wednesday, November 13, 2013 4:09 PM

If an additional 1 percent of Arlington adults started getting the CDC-recommended levels of physical activity by walking or biking for their daily commute, the annual cost savings would be $7.5 million in the first year due to reduced mortality and $12 million per year due to reductions in lost productivity, workers’ compensation claims, and […]

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Affordable Clarendon

Will Housing Costs Price Service Workers Out of Arlington?

Wednesday, November 6, 2013 10:26 AM

Is service quality at risk in Arlington, Virginia – including those related to health, education, and public safety – because of housing affordability? A recent survey (PDF) offers up some food for thought. Last spring, nearly 700 employees of Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington voluntarily answered a computer-driven survey – about 40 percent of respondents  […]

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Economic Prosperity
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The Best of Transportation TED Talks: Part 1

Monday, August 26, 2013 2:12 PM

TED Talks is a clearinghouse of informative and inspirational short lectures from the leading thinkers of our age. In case you didn’t know, TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, and Design (its creator was himself an architect and graphic designer). With more than 1,500 TED Talks available online (not including Mobility Lab’s own mini-TED Talks we […]

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Economic Prosperity
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Is Bike Parking the Right Choice for Your Business?

Friday, August 23, 2013 3:48 PM

Bicycling provides an efficient means for melding an exercise regime into your daily commute. And cycling rates are growing across North America and, for many commuters, this includes not only biking to work, but also to the store, restaurant, or public house. Forward-thinking businesses realize that providing secure bicycle storage is a great way to […]

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Does Walking to the Metro Count as My Daily Exercise?

Thursday, August 22, 2013 4:24 PM

If you are like me and live or work about five blocks from the Metro and generally wait till the last minute to leave to catch the train, the hurried walk to the Metro counts as exercise! I have been pleased to discover that walking briskly for at least thirty minutes a day is the […]

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Education
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Revelations of a Part-Time Bike Commuter

Wednesday, August 14, 2013 11:18 AM

This summer, my office is participating in the National Bike Challenge - competing with office teams throughout the country to see who can collectively log the most miles on a bike. Since moving to the region nearly 3 years ago, I have been an almost exclusive Metro commuter. But, wanting to be a good colleague and teammate, […]

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