University of Maryland project looks to crowdsource an accessibility map of DC’s sidewalks University of Maryland project looks to crowdsource an accessibility map of DC’s sidewalks
University of Maryland project looks to crowdsource an accessibility map of DC's sidewalks
University of Maryland project looks to crowdsource an accessibility map of DC’s sidewalks
New services are moving fast, and cities are looking to update procurement processes to keep up New services are moving fast, and cities are looking to update procurement processes to keep up
New services are moving fast, and cities are looking to update procurement processes to keep up
New services are moving fast, and cities are looking to update procurement processes to keep up
Building a transit army: How MARTA Army is working to improve Atlanta’s bus stops Building a transit army: How MARTA Army is working to improve Atlanta’s bus stops
Building a transit army: How MARTA Army is working to improve Atlanta's bus stops
Building a transit army: How MARTA Army is working to improve Atlanta’s bus stops
Communities can benefit from autonomous vehicles with “fast action planning” Communities can benefit from autonomous vehicles with “fast action planning”
Communities can benefit from autonomous vehicles with "fast action planning"
Communities can benefit from autonomous vehicles with “fast action planning”
To the Rockies and back without a car To the Rockies and back without a car
To the Rockies and back without a car
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About Transit Tech

To benefit from the use of multiple transportation modes, especially transit, people need reliable information that will help them plan their trips. With the widespread adoption of smartphones, which nearly two-thirds of all Americans now use, it’s easier than ever for people to consider trying new transportation options.

Because of these options in places like Washington, D.C., New York City, Chicago, and Los Angeles, it is becoming easier to combine walking, biking, driving, ridesharing, and transit for getting to social activities and work. Data transparency is leading cities and agencies to prioritize real-time information that will connect citizens to a more vibrant lifestyle.

Mobility Lab and Arlington County are constantly seeking to improve transportation through technology with events like our TransportationCamp, our Transportation Techies group, and tech partnerships like CarFreeAtoZ, TransitScreen, and Transit Near Me. These efforts are making smarter transportation choices a way of life.

Applications Culitivated by Mobility Lab

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CarFreeAtoZ

CarFreeAtoZ is the Washington region's first fully multimodal trip planning and comparison tool. Developed as part of Arlington County Commuter Services' Transit Tech Initiative, CarFreeAtoZ makes it easy to adapt smart transportation choices to your daily life.

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CaBi Station Crowdsourcing

Enables public participation in planning a network of preferred station locations.

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Real-Time Transit Screens

Monitor status of custom-selected stations for rail, bus, and bikeshare.

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CaBi Range

The map shows all the stations you can bike to in 30 minutes or less.

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Transit Near Me

Discover bus and rail lines near your home or office.

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Side-by-Side Router

Compare routes for driving, walking, biking, and transit

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Car Free Near Me

A mapping program currently in beta by Arlington County Commuter Services.
It allows anyone to insert an address anywhere in the Washington D.C. region to view their travel options, see real-time arrivals, and check for service advisories with various transit agencies.

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Metro Places

This tool that helps find goods and services within a critical distance of any given Metro station. 

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Trip Visualizer

Tool for studying trip-history data for bikeshare systems and Metro.

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Stat Mapper

Display heat maps for bike accidents and bike counts.

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Recent Technology News

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

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


February 15, 2017    Andrew Carpenter

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 »

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

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


February 10, 2017    Paul Mackie

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 »

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

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


February 8, 2017    Andrew Carpenter

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 »

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

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


February 7, 2017    Lisa Nisenson

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 »

To the Rockies and back without a car

To the Rockies and back without a car


February 6, 2017    Jana Lynott

A mother-and-son adventure in pursuit of a low-cost skiing vacation It started innocently enough: my teenage son begged for a ski trip to the Colorado mountains. His frugal mom decided to teach him how to save a few hundred bucks so he might be able to indulge his passion when on a college student’s budget…. Read more »

A closer look at Arlington’s bike counters show how riders are using the trails and bike lanes

A closer look at Arlington’s bike counters show how riders are using the trails and bike lanes


January 19, 2017    Andrew Carpenter

Other developers at Bike Hack Night VII presented sensor and mapping projects to understand the experience of urban biking Arlington County, over the past several years, has strategically placed 30 permanent EcoCounters, bike- and pedestrian-counting sensors, to determine how many people are riding bicycles and walking on major trails and routes. Permanent counters at these… Read more »

TransportationCamp DC 2017 shares perspectives on today’s (and tomorrow’s) mobility challenges

TransportationCamp DC 2017 shares perspectives on today’s (and tomorrow’s) mobility challenges


January 11, 2017    Andrew Carpenter

With the transportation landscape evolving quickly in recent years – new mobility options and growing support for transit and bicycling – decision-makers face greater opportunity and unpredictability in how they can utilize and react to such options. What should the role of private enterprise be in providing transportation services? How transit-oriented development should evolve with… Read more »

Our 10 most-read posts of 2016

Our 10 most-read posts of 2016


December 23, 2016    Adam Russell

From tiny data-gathering initiatives to widespread carpooling ideas, here are our 10 most-read articles from the past year. 1. The yellow bicycle button that gets the attention of city leaders Swedish company Hovding, makers of the explosively inflating bike helmet, paired with the London Cyclists Campaign to create a simple button that cyclists could use to record… Read more »

New carpooling service looks to employers for ride-matching potential

New carpooling service looks to employers for ride-matching potential


December 22, 2016    Paul Mackie

Commuter carpooling has been in a nosedive since about 1980. And it’s nearly inexplicable that the rate hovers around 5 percent in Washington, D.C., where traffic and parking are particularly abominable even though there are many – maybe too many – ride sharing resources . Since 1980, leaders have invested in HOV lanes and E-ZPass,… Read more »

With real-time data now public, developers delving deeper into Metrorail insights

With real-time data now public, developers delving deeper into Metrorail insights


December 21, 2016    Andrew Carpenter

Now that the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority has released its new real-time train location data feed to the public, developers have jumped on the opportunity to explore new insights from the agency’s data. At the latest Transportation Techies meetup, Metro Hack Night VI, programmers gathered in WMATA headquarters to share the projects they have… Read more »

Rethinking the swamp: Transportation convergence in the capital region

Rethinking the swamp: Transportation convergence in the capital region


December 9, 2016    Ann Henebery

This post, written by Eno President and CEO Rob Puentes and Senior Policy Analyst Stan Turner, originally appeared on Eno Transportation Weekly,  This year, Washington, D.C.’s image took a political hit in the national debate as a “swamp that needs draining.” For years it has also famously suffered from bleak news surrounding its transportation network…. Read more »

How new technologies might complement Arlington’s transportation options

How new technologies might complement Arlington’s transportation options


December 8, 2016    Andrew Carpenter

Communities around the United States have begun to embrace non-driving transportation options as a key factor in standards of living. But with such rapid changes in technology, it can be difficult to predict how cities will adapt and what they will look like in the coming years. Emerging options like autonomous vehicles and smartphone innovations,… Read more »