See how space for cars, trains, and bikes stacks up in New York City See how space for cars, trains, and bikes stacks up in New York City
See how space for cars, trains, and bikes stacks up in New York City
See how space for cars, trains, and bikes stacks up in New York City
Post-Travis Kalanick, Uber needs to finally think deeply about its role in the world Post-Travis Kalanick, Uber needs to finally think deeply about its role in the world
Post-Travis Kalanick, Uber needs to finally think deeply about its role in the world
Post-Travis Kalanick, Uber needs to finally think deeply about its role in the world
Flying cars could happen. But they’ll probably create more problems than they solve – GreenTech Media Flying cars could happen. But they’ll probably create more problems than they solve – GreenTech Media
Flying cars could happen. But they’ll probably create more problems than they solve - GreenTech Media
Flying cars could happen. But they’ll probably create more problems than they solve – GreenTech Media
GMU “blueprint” study suggests avenues for expanding reach of Arlington’s transportation options GMU “blueprint” study suggests avenues for expanding reach of Arlington’s transportation options
GMU "blueprint" study suggests avenues for expanding reach of Arlington's transportation options
GMU “blueprint” study suggests avenues for expanding reach of Arlington’s transportation options
Vision Zero video tool analyzes intersections for dangerous traffic conflicts Vision Zero video tool analyzes intersections for dangerous traffic conflicts
Vision Zero video tool analyzes intersections for dangerous traffic conflicts
Vision Zero video tool analyzes intersections for dangerous traffic conflicts

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

See how space for cars, trains, and bikes stacks up in New York City

See how space for cars, trains, and bikes stacks up in New York City


June 23, 2017    Adam Russell

How much space cities provide to different transportation options is an easily-visualized hint into how they prioritize different ways of getting around, a relationship made even more evident through the basic geometric inefficiencies of driving. As an exercise to investigate just how unfair this allotment of space can be, Moovel Lab, the creative side project of… Read more »

Post-Travis Kalanick, Uber needs to finally think deeply about its role in the world

Post-Travis Kalanick, Uber needs to finally think deeply about its role in the world


June 21, 2017    Paul Mackie

With today’s news that Travis Kalanick has stepped down as chief executive of Uber, the ride-hailing giant has reached a crossroads on whether it will sink or swim. Its many months of trials and tribulations may be too much to overcome, and the boorish company culture that has come to light again and again will… Read more »

Flying cars could happen. But they’ll probably create more problems than they solve – GreenTech Media

Flying cars could happen. But they’ll probably create more problems than they solve – GreenTech Media


June 12, 2017    Paul Mackie

There’s a lot of excitement around flying cars right now – even if they are basically just giant drones. Whether piloted or autonomous, taxis or private vehicles, they’ve been hailed by futurists as the ideal way to reduce journey times across urban landscapes, thus easing city road congestion. But despite the media hype (or perhaps because… Read more »

GMU “blueprint” study suggests avenues for expanding reach of Arlington’s transportation options

GMU “blueprint” study suggests avenues for expanding reach of Arlington’s transportation options


June 8, 2017    Paul Mackie

This is part one of a two-part series on a report by George Mason University graduate students. Students were tasked by Mobility Lab with creating a new transportation blueprint for Arlington, Va., geared toward connecting more people to its transportation network. This part focuses on passenger transportation – part two will examine freight and deliveries…. Read more »

Vision Zero video tool analyzes intersections for dangerous traffic conflicts

Vision Zero video tool analyzes intersections for dangerous traffic conflicts


June 1, 2017    Andrew Carpenter

Volunteers will “teach” the program to better identify people walking and biking Despite signing onto Vision Zero, a campaign that aims to eliminate traffic-related deaths and serious injuries, Washington, D.C. and other large cities have struggled to make progress in reducing deaths on their streets. While traffic deaths in D.C. have held steady in the high 20s… Read more »

Cities will need to fight zero-occupant miles with “TDM for autonomous vehicles”

Cities will need to fight zero-occupant miles with “TDM for autonomous vehicles”


May 30, 2017    Howard Jennings

The advent of autonomous vehicles is fraught with uncertainty, especially when it comes to their impacts on traffic, travel choices, and the broader transportation system. They offer many potential benefits, but many potential negative impacts, depending in part on how they are deployed. While widespread adoption may still be decades away, significant numbers will begin… Read more »

Analysis suggests autonomous transit would be most efficient use of AV technology

Analysis suggests autonomous transit would be most efficient use of AV technology


April 27, 2017    Angela Urban

Authors make the case for employing AVs in ways to minimize VMT increases Mobility Lab has often stressed the importance of autonomous vehicles being introduced as fleets rather than personally owned, so what might those fleets look like? How would this emerging technology be applied to the transit solutions already known to work? If autonomous rapid transit –… Read more »

Biking in Arlington gets a boost from Safetrack and warmer winter weather

Biking in Arlington gets a boost from Safetrack and warmer winter weather


April 18, 2017    Angela Urban

Has there been an increase in biking in Arlington due to Washington D.C.’s region-wide SafeTrack initiative to repair Metrorail? It’s a difficult question to answer at this point. BikeArlington has already reported that there were increases up to 75 percent over 2015 daily averages in bike traffic at the Rosslyn-Custis Trail bike counter during the… Read more »

WMATA Metrobus data projects explore effects of fare payments, disruptions

WMATA Metrobus data projects explore effects of fare payments, disruptions


April 18, 2017    Andrew Carpenter

Other presenters at Transportation Techies’ Bus Hack Night shared projects to help riders better understand their local bus routes Though the D.C. region has one of the busiest bus systems in the country, with more than 120 million trips in 2016, it’s still part of the nationwide movement to stem recent bus ridership declines. As such, WMATA is… Read more »

A visualized day of New York’s transit options, working together

A visualized day of New York’s transit options, working together


April 11, 2017    Adam Russell

New York City is blessed with a lot of ways to get around town. From MTA buses to regional Metro-North rail lines to the omnipresent subway, the overall transportation system moves millions of people every day. A new visualization puts 24 hours of them together, showing how each works together in the broader context over… Read more »

On-demand “flying Ubers” could ease East Coast traffic

On-demand “flying Ubers” could ease East Coast traffic


April 6, 2017    Paul Mackie

What would happen to congested urban traffic if some trips could simply be picked up and moved into the air? That’s a question players from Uber to Airbus to NASA are seriously studying. But to Bruce Gunter, who often has to take unnecessarily long car trips from his home in Virginia Beach to Richmond to… Read more »

Capital Bikeshare heat map visualizes 2016 rides, first look at Fairfax ridership

Capital Bikeshare heat map visualizes 2016 rides, first look at Fairfax ridership


March 27, 2017    Adam Russell

Earlier this month, Mobility Lab tech advisor Michael Schade shared a look at the latest Capital Bikeshare ridership data with his new heat map. Not only does the map grant an easy way to create a more detailed look at how individual neighborhoods use bikeshare, it also includes the first few months of ridership in… Read more »