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Biking in Amsterdam: Living and loving the ride

This post originally appeared on the Arlington Transportation Partners blog here. In larger towns and cities in the Netherlands, cyclists reach their destination 10 percent faster than car drivers. Combine this with the fact that it’s cheaper, healthier, faster, and more enjoyable, and you can begin to understand why there are more bikes than people… Read more »


Updated Arlington bicycling comfort map highlights the county’s most comfortable routes

This week, BikeArlington unveiled its 2017 edition of the Arlington Bicycle Comfort Level Map, which marks the most comfortable and safe streets for biking throughout the county. The new map is an update to the comfort map BikeArlington first debuted last year. The 2017 version was largely informed through resident suggestions, as well as input from… Read more »


Growth of mobile ticketing adds flexibility to transit solutions

The transportation industry is changing rapidly, and many public agencies are struggling to keep up. Demographics and demand often shift more quickly than a procurement process or study can address, putting a system’s reliability at risk as an agency fails to manage the many factors that influence ridership. To maintain a thriving transit system, transportation… Read more »


WMATA’s first Metro Data Day creates official space for Metro/developer cooperation

Each day, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority collects a lot of data. Hidden within is information that could contribute more reliable service and customer experiences. Unfortunately, WMATA does not have the resources to take full advantage of these assets, leaving an opening for concerned citizens to pick up the slack. Last week, the WMATA… Read more »


Arlington to refine its parking policy for multi-family residential properties

This post originally appeared on the Arlington Transportation Partners blog. Like many communities in the United States, the zoning ordinance in Arlington County, Va., requires developers to build parking for apartment and condominium residents. However, space is limited and land is expensive in Arlington’s urban neighborhoods. Each parking space in a garage can take up… Read more »


Bringing transportation options to small and mid-sized cities

Quality transit, abundant ride-hailing apps, and quick-trip bikeshare systems are largely assumed to be the province of big cities, but small and mid-sized cities are getting in on the game too. That was the takeaway at a workshop during this week’s Shared Mobility Summit in Chicago titled, “Scaling Shared Mobility in Small to Mid-sized Cities.”… Read more »


How does actual sharing fit into the sharing economy?

It’s safe to say that, in 2016, the sharing economy has gone mainstream. What’s funny about this is that what most people are referring to when we talk about this segment of the economy has little to do with sharing. I was thinking about this while I rode my hotel’s “shared bicycle” ($22 for four hours)… Read more »


New tools outline transportation planning impacts, look to boost resident engagement

In transportation planning, there is often a disconnect between planners and the public that can limit a new project’s effectiveness. By creating innovative and interactive presentations of data, planners can better inform and engage stakeholders of what transportation projects will bring to a community. At the October installment of the Mobility Lab-sponsored Transportation Techies meetup,… Read more »


Benefits of reliable transit: How transit agencies and planners should be talking about BRT

Bus Rapid Transit systems are beginning to pop up as quickly as fast-casual restaurants in the greater Washington region. Everywhere you look BRT systems are coming online – Fairfax, Arlington and Montgomery counties, and the City of Alexandria. And why shouldn’t D.C. be joining the ranks of New York, Chicago, and Barcelona? The region consistently ranks as… Read more »

Bike lane over Clemente Bridge.

Pittsburgh emerging as a transportation leader, still has work ahead

Pittsburgh’s time to shine has come. The city has been thrust into the national spotlight, viewed by many transportation leaders as one of the nation’s promising blueprints for how cities can finally do transportation well. But while visiting Pittsburgh last week, I had the chance to put Pittsburgh in context with what people outside of town… Read more »