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Adam Russell

Adam Russell

Adam is Mobility Lab's managing editor.

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Mobility Lab Express #96

Bikesharing, carsharing, and the broader sharing economy are reshaping how people think about the transportation options available in their cities. That’s why we’ll be at the National Shared Mobility Summit in Chicago this coming week, where transportation leaders from around the country will meet to share lessons about expanding shared-mobility options, like this one from… Read more »

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Seattle pilot will let buildings rent parking spaces as park-and-rides

Though it’s made rapid progress in shifting commuters away from driving alone to work, Seattle is still looking to address ongoing congestion within the Puget Sound region. Now, the King County Metro is planning to launch a pilot to attract commuters to light rail and buses by allowing nearby buildings to rent their empty parking spaces… Read more »

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WMATA finds that biking, walking improvements near Metro stations pay off

Metrorail is the backbone of the D.C. region’s transportation system, but that doesn’t mean each station exists in a vacuum. For many people, walking and biking from their station to their ultimate destination is a key part of the Metro experience, whether we consciously recognize it or not. That’s a driving idea behind WMATA’s Metrorail… Read more »

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In LA, Rams’ return creates parking demand “laboratory”

Last week, the Los Angeles Rams played their first home game since returning to Southern California. And while it took place in their temporary home, the LA Memorial Coliseum – a historic stadium that has twice hosted the Olympics and currently hosts USC football games – the arrival of the NFL created a unique transportation-demand situation,… Read more »

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How are people in the DC region getting to work in 2016?

Initial findings from the Transportation Planning Board’s 2016 State of the Commute analysis Teleworking is up, driving alone is down, and commuters are, on average, traveling farther and longer. Today, the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments released the preliminary analysis of its 2016 State of the Commute survey. The regional, triennial report presents a snapshot… Read more »

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Park(ing) Day: The annual glimpse into livelier streets

Since the first pop-up parklet conversion in 2005, the third Friday in September has become an international holiday celebrating a vision for streets beyond the car default. Today, five parklets appeared in the streets of North Arlington, while more than 30 can be found across the river in the District, with more still in Montgomery County… Read more »


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Mobility Lab Express #94 – Safer by transit

In the last Express, we remarked upon the U.S. Department of Transportation’s release of 2015 traffic fatality data, which showed a 7.2 percent increase in driving deaths over 2014. Now, with good timing, APTA’s new report on transit and traffic safety cites the key role of public transportation and transportation demand management as ways to… Read more »

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WABA designing a regional bike lane map to inform a more equitable network

Across Washington, D.C., and its bordering counties in Virginia and Maryland, the data on bike facilities and who has access to them can be awkward to piece together. The region is blessed with scores of miles of bike lanes and trails, up from very few in 2000. But when D.C., for example, says it has “75 miles of bike… Read more »


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Mobility Lab Express #93 – National Park(ing)

We often discuss the importance of better, accessible data and analysis in the transportation industry. But to echo a point made last month by City Observatory, that focus on data can often be betrayed by how car-centric it tends to be. As agencies discuss moves toward “smart city” technologies, it’s important to note where that… Read more »

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Drive less, earn a bike: Employers thinking big with TDM programs

When Sonos wanted to move its Santa Barbara headquarters into a new downtown location, the wireless speaker company became very aware of the potential traffic impacts. After all, the company’s previous location had been two small buildings outside of the city core. And the city of Santa Barbara had its own site requirements for the new office, part… Read more »