What is TDM?

The flip side of infrastructure

Mobility Lab is a news source for research, policy, and communications. Transportation options for all. Get involved.

Research Catalog

Dive into our studies and surveys

Mobility Lab is a news source for research, policy, and communications. Transportation options for all. Get involved.

What is TDM?

The flip side of infrastructure

Research Catalog

Dive into our studies and surveys
VOX / Mobility Lab Video

The high cost of free parking

It’s estimated that, in America, there are eight parking spots for every car, covering up to 30 percent of our cities, and collectively taking up about as much space as the state of West Virginia. The more parking we have, the more encouraged we are to drive and to shape our urban landscapes based on that parking.

UPCOMING EVENTS
Policy Implications of AVs for Cities and Regions @ Washington | District of Columbia | United States
12:00 AM
Save the Date on October 6, 2017 for an invitation-only symposium that will set the direction for future research, education, and other efforts to get cities ready for a revolutionary new technology. The American Planning Association and... Read more »
2017 Pennsylvania Automated Vehicle Summit @ State College | Pennsylvania | United States
12:00 AM
As highly automated vehicles grow in public awareness,automated vehicle technology offers the promise of a mobility revolution. Please join in a public discussion on critical issues facing community and regional infrastructure planning and workforce development... Read more »
TransportationCamp NYC 2017
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TransportationCamp NYC, the original home of TransportationCamp, is coming back for its third straight year, this October 21st in Brooklyn. As more details become available, stay tuned to this page and @TranspoCampNYC.
Shared mobility

Making streets more efficient

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

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.

Mobility Lab Research

Survey: Arlington seniors are savvy users of public transportation

Survey: Arlington seniors are savvy users of public transportation


July 25, 2017    Melissa Paluch

Seniors in Arlington County, Va., have many similar traits to Millennials when it comes to using public transportation. This is one of several findings from a survey released today by Mobility Lab for Arlington County Commuter Services (ACCS). “’Aging in place’ is what seniors expect,” said Bobbi Greenberg, acting bureau chief of ACCS. “What we… Read more »

Station placement is key to connecting bikeshare to the transportation grid

Station placement is key to connecting bikeshare to the transportation grid


July 13, 2017    Melissa Paluch

A typical bikeshare member might often face an easy choice in trying to get from her home to downtown: pick up a bike and pedal with the wind in her hair, or sit in traffic and search in vain for a parking space. In the Washington D.C. region, with the spread of Capital Bikeshare stations,… 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 »

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 »

External Research

Why you should care about other modes now

Why you should care about other modes now


August 1, 2017    Maggie Awad

This article is excerpted from an article at Arlington Transportation Partners. Not too long ago, I was biking down 14th Street and was halfway doored by an SUV that had pulled partially into the bike lane to drop off some passengers. I say halfway because I was able to slow my speed enough that the impact wasn’t completely jarring and… Read more »

Could Uber and Lyft push to make paratransit efficient and affordable?

Could Uber and Lyft push to make paratransit efficient and affordable?


July 28, 2017    Angela Urban

Only seven to 10 percent of any age group with disabilities used paratransit or other specialized services for travel, according to a 2002 study by the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS). The same study said that 8 to 31 percent of any age group with disabilities uses public transit. Those numbers haven’t likely changed… Read more »

Transit should cater to similar needs of seniors and Millennials

Transit should cater to similar needs of seniors and Millennials


July 27, 2017    Melissa Paluch

While Millennials and seniors are in diametrically opposing life stages, they are similar in many ways in their attitudes towards public transportation. Take the Millennials interviewed and surveyed back in 2012 and 2013 by the American Public Transportation Association’s Millennials & Mobility study and the Arlington, Va., seniors who participated in Mobility Lab’s focus groups… Read more »

Seniors, not just Millennials, may be turning away from driver’s licenses

Seniors, not just Millennials, may be turning away from driver’s licenses


July 26, 2017    Melissa Paluch

Millennials and seniors having anything in common may sound unusual. But when it comes to transportation, seniors age 65 and up may be following their 18-to-35-year-old cohorts’ lead by increasingly diversifying their transportation habits – or not having driver’s licenses all together. That is in line with what Mobility Lab found with some recent focus… Read more »

Biking and shared rides absorb Metro Safetrack spillover – Deloitte

Biking and shared rides absorb Metro Safetrack spillover – Deloitte


July 19, 2017    Mobility Lab Web

Metro’s usual 700,000 riders per weekday dropped 11 percent this year due partly to Safetrack disruptions. Now Deloitte has dug into the numbers and it’s encouraging to find that not everyone who left D.C.’s Metro during its year-long subways fix-it project replaced those trips by driving alone more. A recent report by Deloitte’s Center for Government Insights… Read more »

Station placement is key to connecting bikeshare to the transportation grid

Station placement is key to connecting bikeshare to the transportation grid


July 13, 2017    Melissa Paluch

A typical bikeshare member might often face an easy choice in trying to get from her home to downtown: pick up a bike and pedal with the wind in her hair, or sit in traffic and search in vain for a parking space. In the Washington D.C. region, with the spread of Capital Bikeshare stations,… Read more »