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
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
Our 10 most-read posts of 2016 Our 10 most-read posts of 2016
Our 10 most-read posts of 2016
Our 10 most-read posts of 2016
New carpooling service looks to employers for ride-matching potential New carpooling service looks to employers for ride-matching potential
New carpooling service looks to employers for ride-matching potential
New carpooling service looks to employers for ride-matching potential
With real-time data now public, developers delving deeper into Metrorail insights With real-time data now public, developers delving deeper into Metrorail insights
With real-time data now public, developers delving deeper into Metrorail insights
With real-time data now public, developers delving deeper into Metrorail insights
Rethinking the swamp: Transportation convergence in the capital region Rethinking the swamp: Transportation convergence in the capital region
Rethinking the swamp: Transportation convergence in the capital region
Rethinking the swamp: Transportation convergence in the capital region

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

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 »

Predicting future use, connecting communities with Capital Bikeshare data

Predicting future use, connecting communities with Capital Bikeshare data


November 9, 2016    Andrew Carpenter

Capital Bikeshare’s open data is an invaluable tool that allows programmers and researchers to contribute to and learn from the system, making biking more accessible to residents and visitors in the Washington, D.C., area. At November’s Mobility Lab-sponsored Transportation Techies meetup, CaBi Hack Night VI, programmers and Capital Bikeshare users presented tools they developed to improve… Read more »

Five Smart City Challenge ideas that cities should make happen

Five Smart City Challenge ideas that cities should make happen


November 2, 2016    Paul Mackie

This summer, Columbus won the U.S. Department of Transportation’s $50 million Smart City Challenge, and there’s no denying that the Ohio city is just one of many in the U.S. in need of a shift to solve its transportation woes. Indeed, Columbus is the largest U.S. city without commuter rail, lacks zoning that could make… Read more »

Growth of mobile ticketing adds flexibility to transit solutions

Growth of mobile ticketing adds flexibility to transit solutions


October 25, 2016    Andrew Carpenter

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

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


October 21, 2016    Andrew Carpenter

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 »

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

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


October 18, 2016    Andrew Carpenter

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 »

Pittsburgh emerging as a transportation leader, still has work ahead

Pittsburgh emerging as a transportation leader, still has work ahead


October 11, 2016    Paul Mackie

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 »