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Understanding the basics behind transportation choices

When it comes to transportation choices, people generally do what is best for themselves. Understanding what factors influence people’s decisions can help the transportation industry and advocates better show the benefits of different transportation options that address different components of motivations. What motivates someone to bike, or drive, or use transit? As the industry looks… Read more »

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Would minor map changes encourage Metro riders to shift their commutes?

SafeTrack surges in the past months have highlighted one of of the D.C. Metrorail system’s largest demand crunches: the Rosslyn tunnel bottleneck, where the Blue, Orange, and Silver lines converge to head east into downtown. This capacity issue has been exacerbated by the 2014 Silver line opening, and more recently by the current Blue line shutdown… Read more »

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Five ways employers are thinking big on commuter benefits

A new publication from the Association for Commuter Transportation, entitled “Getting to Work,” highlights the ways several forward-thinking employers are offering better commuting options to their employees. Each story offers a look at the unique transportation challenges major employers face – from parking crunches to time-consuming commutes – and which solutions have proven effective in addressing… Read more »

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What topics have brought people to TransportationCamp DC over the years?

At TransportationCamp DC, the Mobility Lab-sponsored unconference held in Arlington, Va., transportation professionals, advocates, and enthusiasts gather each year to discuss and learn about the pressing topics of the day. We put together this back-of-the-envelope analysis to see if we could discern any trends in topics and modes being discussed in the events’ sessions. Due… Read more »

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Curing a hospital’s transportation ailments

This post originally appeared on the Arlington Transportation Partners blog. Virginia Hospital Center is a leading medical services provider and one of the nation’s top teaching hospitals, providing 24/7 healthcare across two campuses. Over the years, the size of VHC’s facilities and the number of staff have grown considerably. That growth has provided the hospital with… Read more »

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University of Maryland project looks to crowdsource an accessibility map of DC’s sidewalks

Other programmers at the recent Walk Hack Night presented data visualizations that explore walkability and walking connections in the Washington, D.C., region. Across the United States, 30.6 million Americans older than 15 live with mobility impairments, a significant portion of whom require an assistive aid like a walker or wheelchair. Despite progress since the Americans… Read more »

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New services are moving fast, and cities are looking to update procurement processes to keep up

Notoriously lumbering municipal procurement processes can be an especially bad fit with the way newer transportation options need to be implemented. How are local agencies supposed to form “first-mile, last-mile” partnerships with flexible technology services like Lyft, Via, and Bridj when the official steps to solidify those partnerships impede the process? “A transit agency can… Read more »

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Building a transit army: How MARTA Army is working to improve Atlanta’s bus stops

Transit advocacy doesn’t have to move slowly through layers of bureaucracy: in Atlanta, advocates have been mobilizing to improve bus stops in their own neighborhoods. At TransportationCamp DC last month, representatives from the grassroots advocacy group MARTA Army shared their organizing model, which has been successful in creating tangible improvements for riders in the Atlanta… Read more »

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Communities can benefit from autonomous vehicles with “fast action planning”

This article originally appeared in the Eno Transportation Weekly. Kelley Coyner and Lisa Nisenson led the capstone session of Eno’s Capital Convergence, Taking it to the Streets: Creating the Strategies to Bring an AV Shuttle to the D.C. Region. At Eno’s Capital Convergence conference, technology leaders like David Woessner of Local Motors demonstrated that transformative… Read more »

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Ford’s Super Bowl ad captures where mobility is headed

Besides a stunner of a Super Bowl between New England and Atlanta, there was a lot to like in between the snaps as well. Lady Gaga thrilled at halftime and cinematic TV commercials were unveiled left and right. But in Mobility Lab’s space, Ford Motor Company really took the cake as the top ad. It… Read more »