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The flip side of infrastructure

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Research Catalog

Dive into our studies and surveys

Mobility Lab is a center for research, policy, and communications – and transportation options for all. Get involved.

What is TDM?

The flip side of infrastructure

Research Catalog

Dive into our studies and surveys
Arlington insights

How Arlington moves

A historically transit-oriented community, Arlington County has a unique mix of transportation options.

Applied open data

Smarter transit decisions through better info

Open data sharing policies allows transit agencies and civic developers to learn more about how riders use their systems.

Forward mobility

Filling up seats in cars: The future of driving

Every day, millions and millions of car seats are shuttled through cities and communities, completely empty. Within them lies untapped potential for behavioral changes that could make our transportation system more efficient, less polluting, and cheaper.

Shared mobility

Options new and old making streets more efficient

Sharing rides, bikes, and cars allows more people to get around on our current transportation infrastructure with less traffic.

Mobility Lab Research

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 »

Curing a hospital’s transportation ailments

Curing a hospital’s transportation ailments


February 16, 2017    Wendy Duren

This post originally appeared on the Arlington Transportation Partners blog. Virginia Hospital Center is a leading medical services provider and one of the nation’s top teaching hospitals, providing 24/7 healthcare across two campuses. Over the years, the size of VHC’s facilities and the number of staff have grown considerably. That growth has provided the hospital with… Read more »

Analysis of military base travel choices leads to improved pedestrian connections, more transportation options

Analysis of military base travel choices leads to improved pedestrian connections, more transportation options


July 13, 2016    Paul Mackie

Arlington’s work to improve military base transportation options gets top marks Look at a map of Arlington County, Virginia, and it’s easy to see just how much of it is covered by Arlington National Cemetery and the crescent moon-shaped Fort Myer-Henderson Hall military base on its western border. But, considering Arlington’s wide array of public… Read more »

Where did people ride Capital Bikeshare during the Metro shutdown?

Where did people ride Capital Bikeshare during the Metro shutdown?


April 11, 2016    Adam Russell

The sudden Metrorail shutdown on March 16 took nearly everyone by surprise, and was a nearly unprecedented move by WMATA. While the decision disrupted the commutes of hundreds of thousands of commuters, it did provide agencies with an opportunity to observe how the other components of the D.C. region’s transportation system handled the new demand…. Read more »

A closer look at who bikes to work in Arlington

A closer look at who bikes to work in Arlington


March 17, 2016    Stephen Crim

Last month, the District Department of Transportation released a map, broken down by census tract, of how many people commuted by bike in Northwest D.C. as part of its presentation on a proposed protected bike lane in Shaw. In a blog post over at BikeArlington, our Research Director Stephen Crim took a similar look at Arlington County’s commuting habits… Read more »

Arlington develops path for getting public on board with bikeshare

Arlington develops path for getting public on board with bikeshare


August 26, 2015    Jason Hardin

While humans have been planning cities and transportation networks for millennia, planning for bikeshare is something new. In just the last few years, many American cities have launched ambitious bikeshare services – with systems in at least 78 major U.S. cities – all aimed at providing a new transportation option. Planners have learned much about… Read more »

External Research

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 »

Low-stress streets mean more biking, greater transit access

Low-stress streets mean more biking, greater transit access


May 17, 2017    Ethan Goffman

New study examines how bus and bicycling travel times interact in stressful street networks As cities move forward with ambitious plans to revamp bus services and add dedicated bike infrastructure, which in turn will help draw riders and bicyclists, the level of comfort in nearby streets still play a large role. Streets free of the… Read more »

In Arlington, when is it cheaper to choose carsharing over car ownership?

In Arlington, when is it cheaper to choose carsharing over car ownership?


May 11, 2017    Paul Mackie

Arlington County, Va., includes carsharing in its Master Transportation Plan because it adds important connections to and from its already-rich transit infrastructure. But for car-owning Arlington households, how does carsharing fit within their transportation needs? For one, cost can play a large role. Marietta Gelfort, a carsharing analyst for the Arlington County Department of Environmental Services, recently took a detailed… Read more »

Transit is key for new Alexandria development

Transit is key for new Alexandria development


May 9, 2017    Gabriel Morey

Circulators, frequent buses could ease potential traffic from booming development plan Tucked into the southern edge of Alexandria, Va., between the Washington Beltway and Duke Street is the 230-acre Eisenhower East corridor. This formerly industrial area encompasses some of the newest development in Alexandria, including the Patent and Trademark Office (above) and the Carlyle Center office… Read more »

Will growth of shared mobility make people more willing to share their own cars?

Will growth of shared mobility make people more willing to share their own cars?


April 25, 2017    Paul Mackie

As many as 95 percent of trips in big cities could be shared with no more than a 5-minute inconvenience for riders, according to a recent report co-authored by Carlo Ratti of MIT’s SENSEable City Lab. Back in 2010, the Albany Times Union did some interesting reporting to delve into why New York State residents… 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 »