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Adam Russell

Adam Russell

Adam is Mobility Lab's managing editor.
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U.S. DOT “overwhelmed” by applications to its Smart City Challenge

Did your city throw its hat in the ring? The unveiling last December of a competition for $50 million toward connected transportation systems has sparked a flurry of activity from interested cities. The U.S. Department of Transportation announced yesterday that 77 cities in 35 states (including the District of Columbia) had submitted applications outlining their… Read more »

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Watch: Governing the new transportation options

With federal support consistently failing to keep up with the changing landscape of shared-use and technology-based mobility options, what role can governments play in ensuring these systems address equity, access, and carbon pollution? Last fall’s Disrupting Mobility Summit in Cambridge, Mass., brought together a number of experts from within federal and local agencies to how these changes can… Read more »

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Video: What excites TransportationCampers?

TransportationCamps bring together so many different kinds of planners, advocates, engineers and enthusiasts. The most recent one, in the Washington, D.C., region, gave us a chance to check out all the exciting work that’s happening across the country in the transportation field. Take a look at our new video above, in which Mobility Lab’s Paul… Read more »

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Selling bike lanes: Lessons from Calgary’s ambitious biking network

Whether it’s grounded in monetary costs or perceived traffic impacts, new bicycling infrastructure often raises a heated debate. But in Calgary, Alberta, the stakes were higher than normal when the issue of protected bike lanes came up for a vote by the city council in 2014. The city had proposed not just one lane project… Read more »


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Mobility Lab Express #78 – TransportationCampers Unite

This past weekend, the fifth annual TransportationCamp DC brought together planners, advocates, engineers and enthusiasts for a day packed with new ideas, innovative proposals, and exciting lessons. A record number of attendees proposed sessions covering everything from regulations on automated taxis to organized “armies” of transit advocates. For those who were not able to make it, sessions… Read more »

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Mobility Lab Express #77 – Year in Review

In 2015, our most popular articles ranged from wide commentary on the transportation industry to smaller, local initiatives expanding options in and around Arlington, Va. Many of our contributors sought to address some of the major unknowns that currently face the transportation industry, especially as demographic shifts bring more people to urban areas. What role… Read more »


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Mobility Lab Express #76 – December 15, 2015

On December 13, the twenty-first UN Conference of Parties concluded its talks in Paris with broad agreement from 196 signatory countries to lower carbon emissions and regularly report their national progress. But as Next City and other outlets have noted, a major part of this low-carbon movement will be led by urban areas, who can… Read more »

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In Arlington, lessons for simple bike wayfinding

Navigating by bike isn’t always as simple as following a bike trail to its end. Often, suggested bike routes may not be easily identified without a map, leaving bicyclists to guess at how to best navigate to their destinations. In Arlington, Virginia, an ongoing wayfinding project is working to make it easier to navigate the county’s irregular street grid… Read more »


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Mobility Lab Express #75 – December 1, 2015

Congress, for the first time in years, is in the final stretches of passing a multi-year transportation funding bill. While the bill marks an achievement for this session, in many ways, it continues a long-uninspiring path for transportation funding that is unlikely to provide the efficient transportation options and safe infrastructure needed for Americans. However,… Read more »