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Adam Russell

Adam Russell

Adam is Mobility Lab's managing editor.
The Arlington County Division of Transportation parklet on Wilson Boulevard. Photo by author.

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 »

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WMATA pilot brings Wi-Fi to six stations, ties connectivity to better transit info

On Monday, WMATA launched a 45-day pilot of public Wi-Fi in stations downtown. The program will cover Union Station, L’Enfant Plaza, Archives, Gallery Place, Judiciary Square, and Metro Center. While better wireless connectivity is always helpful for riders, it’s interesting that WMATA has chosen to integrate the pilot with real-time train arrival information. Upon signing… Read more »

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Car-centric data encourages car-centric transportation planning

We often discuss the role of data in the transportation industry, especially how advocates are using it and new technologies to improve non-drive-alone transportation options. But Joe Cortwright, over at City Observatory, recently made a key point about data: the vast majority of new technology-driven transportation data is focused on making it easier to drive. The movement towards the development… Read more »

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Recording biking comfort: Portland stress data, Biketown, and more

This is part two of our coverage of Transportation Techies: Portland edition. Read part one here. Portland, Ore., is known nationally as one of the country’s biking capitals, with more than 188 miles of bike lanes and one of the highest rates of bike commuting in the country. But even given its bikeway networks, “crossbikes,” and other… Read more »


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Mobility Lab Express #92 – Tour de Bike Infrastructure

We’ve returned from the Association for Commuter Transportation annual conference, fresh with inspiring stories of agencies and employers working across the U.S. to encourage more people to take transit, bike, walk, and carpool to work. Catch our first two write-ups below, and see Arlington Transportation Partners program director’s Wendy Duren’s blog post here for a… Read more »

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Portland’s open data leadership pays off with better transit information

Portland, known for its array of public transportation options, also has a special history with open transit data. The region’s TriMet agency, which runs Portland’s buses and MAX light rail, played an instrumental role in working with Google to develop and spread the General Transit Specification Feed transit data format 10 years ago. As Matthew Roth wrote on… Read more »