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What rebuilding in New Orleans means for transportation options

This article is excerpted from a longer version at Arlington Transportation Partner’s blog. Having previously only spent one business day in New Orleans, I wasn’t sure what I’d experience besides beads, jazz, seafood, and hot-heavy-humid air at the Association for Commuter Transportation’s (ACT) recent annual conference there. I certainly didn’t expect to become smitten with a city… 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 »

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Why you should care about other modes now

This article is excerpted from an article at Arlington Transportation Partners. Not too long ago, I was biking down 14th Street and was halfway doored by an SUV that had pulled partially into the bike lane to drop off some passengers. I say halfway because I was able to slow my speed enough that the impact wasn’t completely jarring and… 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 »

Transit should be uncluttered onboard and in its advertising

Mobility Lab recently published an article on how transit agencies nationwide should pool their resources to do an advertising campaign they can all use. Now, I think marketing is overrated in general, but it has its purpose, and transit could use any boost it can get. That being said, I disagree with Ethan Goffman’s Mobility… Read more »

National advertising effort needed by local transit agencies

Transit in this country faces an advertising challenge. With limited budgets, transit agencies are competing with a plethora of ads—and free, earned media attention—from more prestigious and hipper corporations such as Mercedes Benz, Tesla, Uber, and Lyft. I wonder if it would be possible for transit agencies to combine efforts – and budgets – in… Read more »

California merchants, public clamor for rethinking our transportation impulses

In bustling city cores, people driving alone in their personal cars can be the worst thing for local merchants. Many of them simply didn’t know it before, but they’re slowly beginning to figure it out. Three new stories out of California show that the state is taking the concept of transportation demand seriously. Take this example:… Read more »

Stanford’s drive-alone rate has dropped 22 percentage points since 2000 – Stanford News

Stanford is a leader on transportation demand management, and the university has a robust “No Net New Commute Trips” goal to back it. That goal seeks to accomplish “no additional automobile trips during the peak commute time in the campus commute direction in the morning and evening.” On top of the goal, Stanford has posted… Read more »

Offering transit incentives is a way to avoid costly infrastructure spending

In the department of “Where Are They Now?,” Chris Hamilton is a prominent face around Mobility Lab, as one of our contributors and the former bureau chief of Arlington County Commuter Services, of which Mobility Lab is a part. He just appeared as a guest on the excellent GovLove podcast. Host Ben Kittelson asks to learn… Read more »

Bike to Work Day 2017 sets new records for the D.C. region

When hundreds of people and their bikes appear bright and early at Rosslyn, Arlington’s Gateway Park, it can only mean one thing: Bike to Work Day. The biggest stop by far in Arlington, pictured below, was part of the 85 pit stops offering coffee, T-shirts, and good vibes to bike commuters in the broader D.C…. Read more »