Authors & Contributions
Adam Russell

Adam Russell

Adam is Mobility Lab's managing editor.
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Carsharing can open parking spaces to happier, healthier lives for all

Car ownership is an anchor on our choices and habits. It creates inertia against change. This is most obvious when we think of the ways in which owning a car requires physical public sacrifices that cities have accepted for decades: parking spaces at home and at destinations, space for roadways. The assumption that people will… Read more »


Mobility Lab Express #74 – November 15, 2015

After building and rebuilding our cities around cars and accepting the growing sacrifices in traffic, space, and public health, our transportation systems are ripe for change. Disruption is already happening through various ride-hailing companies and shared-use options, from Uber to bikeshare systems. This past week, Mobility Lab’s Paul Mackie was part of a panel at… Read more »


To Fill Empty Offices, Arlington Must Focus on Transportation Options

Resting on the status quo of existing transportation options is no longer a winning strategy for places that want to attract new businesses. Workers want to have transportation options at their fingertips, while developers are looking to locate in transportation hubs that will help attract both companies and their workers. As a report from Smart… Read more »


Mobility Lab Express #73 – November 1, 2015

It’s always exciting to see passionate advocates come together to share ideas and discuss making our cities better. Washington, D.C., just hosted the National Walking Summit, while the NACTO Designing Cities conference took place in Austin. Both addressed how we can design and plan walkable, livable communities with abundant transportation options. It doesn’t pay to… Read more »

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Washington Post Helps Trumpet How Open Data Improves Our Transit Options

Being able to boast online about your bikeshare mileage. A tracking app that saves transit agencies money. A way to catch the train to the baseball game at just the right time. Open transit data is driving people to think about how they can make systems better and more engaging. In a recent Washington Post… Read more »

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What Every Candidate (and Voter) Should Know about Bikeshare

While many in the transportation world already understand the implications of urban bikeshare systems, candidates for local elected office, especially in jurisdictions outside the urban core, who don’t bike on a daily basis might have some questions on how it all fits together. Where is everyone on those sturdy red bikes going? Why is it… Read more »

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Mobility Lab Express #72 – October 15, 2015

Our streets and transportation choices were not always centered on cars. Decades of shifting cultural values and incentives have molded public, pedestrian spaces into the dangerous domain of the personal car. Storytelling is one powerful way we can reshape how we think about our transportation systems and open new avenues for more effective and safer options…. Read more »

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Mobility Lab Express #71 – October 1, 2015

This week, the Shared Use Mobility Summit took place in Chicago, casting light on the rapid growth of shared and on-demand transportation services available in cities. Transportation leaders came together from the public and private sectors to discuss new trends and how companies and agencies can better work together to foster collaboration and innovation. With better… Read more »

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Pope visit highlights an overlooked option: teleworking

In the weeks ahead of Pope Francis’ visit to Washington, D.C., transportation agencies predicted three days of dire traffic and crowds flooding the District – comparable to those from a presidential inauguration. However, as the schedule of events played out, many residents were pleasantly surprised to see empty streets, light traffic, and significantly smaller crowds… Read more »