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
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.
CaBi Station Crowdsourcing
Enables public participation in planning a network of preferred station locations.
Real-Time Transit Screens
Monitor status of custom-selected stations for rail, bus, and bikeshare.
The map shows all the stations you can bike to in 30 minutes or less.
Transit Near Me
Discover bus and rail lines near your home or office.
Compare routes for driving, walking, biking, and transit
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.
This tool that helps find goods and services within a critical distance of any given Metro station.
Tool for studying trip-history data for bikeshare systems and Metro.
Display heat maps for bike accidents and bike counts.
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