Authors & Contributions
Paul Mackie

Paul Mackie

Paul is communications director for Mobility Lab. He specializes in storytelling and editing, as well as environmental and pop-culture issues related to transportation.

Mobility Lab Express #118

Read Mobility Lab Express #118 We’ve had autonomous-vehicle fever around Mobility Lab lately. We’re really concerned (and excited) about how the quality of people’s lives are affected and improved with the introduction of AVs. At this stage, which is mostly about real-life testing scenarios, policy needs to incentivize shared mobility (instead of private ownership) to… Read more »

Don’t wait for transportation options, take them to the people

Most people, believe it or not, really don’t think much about their transportation options. They just get in the car and go. So other than grumbling about it, what can transportation demand management professionals from throughout the country do? Well, for one, they can take a look at what Arlington Transportation Partners in Virginia recently… Read more »


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Mobility Lab Express #117

Read Mobility Lab Express #117 When it comes to filmmaking, transit and active-transportation agencies have an uphill battle. It’s hard work creating perfect messaging that will inspire audiences to try something other than their beloved four-wheeled stress cages. Our new film series is called The Switch. It’s about how people all over the country are being inspired to… Read more »

Demand questions are the elephant in the room with autonomous vehicles

Say you live 1.3 miles from a subway station or a bus route that would offer you direct access to your job. Then picture an autonomous vehicle looping through your neighborhood every 20 minutes or so to take you and your neighbors straight to that access point. All of a sudden, you would be pretty… Read more »

Teachers leave behind their lonesome commutes

The Switch, Part 1 – Mobility Lab’s video series on how everyday Americans can rethink their transportation options. Teachers who rideshare, or “carpool,” get to wave at the other commuters stuck in traffic as they breeze past in the HOV lanes. And that’s not all. Once teachers get to school – in the case of… Read more »

Redesign and rethink the U.S.’s existing transportation: Tumlin

Jeffrey Tumlin is a leading thinker – a mover-and-shaker – on incorporating “transportation demand management” principles into the many ways planners are rethinking the ways we’ve built our cities. I didn’t attend the Association for Commuter Transportation’s recent annual conference in New Orleans, but several of our readers told me how his keynote speech was… Read more »

Mobility Lab Express #116

Read Mobility Lab Express #116 We as Americans usually only think about parking when we need a spot. That’s why it’s so heartening to see more and more places, like Columbus and Seattle featured in this issue, thinking seriously about the many woes that too much parking brings upon our country. It’s also pretty amazing that the video… Read more »

D.C. Metro’s Back2Good needs to aspire to more very, very soon

How far D.C.’s Metrorail has come from the excellent Silver Line opening dance-party video to the whimpering current “Back2Good” campaign. There’s no doubt WMATA is at least being realistic, but as Marc Ferris writes to the Washington Post, “What company or official entity – public or private – strives to be good? No publisher would release business… Read more »

Driver speed, texting is the new drunk driving

Streetsblog’s Angie Schmitt brings to light a really important issue that we think about every day at Mobility Lab. She notes that Americans spend more time on average every day driving their cars than socializing with other people. And this is likely skewing the ways people think about and care about other people as they… Read more »

Vox/Mobility Lab video: The high cost of free parking

When Steve Jobs pitched Apple’s new California campus – which opened earlier this year – he wanted to turn parking lots into green landscapes. But the city of Cupertino demanded 11,000 parking spots, which put a wrench in that part of Jobs’ vision. Cupertino’s parking requirements are not unique. It’s estimated that, in America, there… Read more »