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Adam Russell

Adam Russell

Adam is Mobility Lab's managing editor.
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What is TDM? Shaping a new era of transportation options

Here at Mobility Lab, we throw around the term “transportation demand management,” or “TDM” for short, as the core concept that unites our research and coverage. But the idea itself is one that is often not present in the widespread public understanding of and discussions about transportation and transit issues. Hence the purpose of our… Read more »


Mobility Lab Express #84 – Rethinking sidewalks

Cities, suburbs, and even rural areas are thinking creatively about what gets people out of driving alone to work, and into a shared ride or different mode. This week, Mobility Lab joined transportation demand management professionals from across the U.S. converged in Washington, D.C., for the Association for Commuter Transportation’s 2016 Policy Summit, which covered… Read more »

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Where did people ride Capital Bikeshare during the Metro shutdown?

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 »


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. Sharing rides – bringing back the once-popular carpool option – has become easier and easier as attitudes and technology change. By… Read more »

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Bikeshare safer than riding personal bikes, new research says

Anyone who’s ever ridden a bikeshare bike can tell you: they are hardy, aluminum tanks on two wheels. But does that translate to an inherently safer experience on the street, especially when many casual riders are likely unfamiliar with a city’s bike infrastructure? A recent study from the Mineta Transportation Institute determined that yes, bikeshare systems… Read more »

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Mobility Lab Express #82

Recent visitors to the Mobility Lab site may have noticed some changes in the past week: a cleaner look, new pages, and a better fit on mobile devices. We hope our new look will make it easier for visitors and newcomers to find articles and research relevant to their interests. Many of our sub-topics now… Read more »

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Mobility Lab Express #81 – Live from WMATA

Agencies that create opportunities for cooperation with stakeholders and riders stand to benefit from these learning experiences. That’s why it was heartening for Mobility Lab’s Transportation Techies group to hold its Metro Hack Night from within the WMATA headquarters in downtown Washington, D.C., where the agency announced it would begin releasing real-time data on where… Read more »

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Transportation Techies’ Metro Hack Night, from within WMATA HQ

Last night, members of the Transportation Techies group came together to share projects, visualizations, and apps relating to D.C.’s Metro system. The group’s fourth “Metro Hack Night” since Techies first began, it was the first to take place inside the WMATA headquarters in downtown Washington, D.C. A full write-up of the presentations will hit the… Read more »

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Mobility Lab Express #80 – Do You Still Need a Car?

With the growth of connected bike networks, ride-hailing companies, bikeshare, carsharing, and transit, are the costs of personal car ownership really worth it? The array of transportation options available in urban areas has expanded greatly from even a decade ago, offering a tempting alternative to decades-old car-centered status quo. Three years ago, planner and advocate Veronica… Read more »