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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 »

Survey: Arlington seniors are savvy users of public transportation

Seniors in Arlington County, Va., have many similar traits to Millennials when it comes to using public transportation. This is one of several findings from a survey released today by Mobility Lab for Arlington County Commuter Services (ACCS). “’Aging in place’ is what seniors expect,” said Bobbi Greenberg, acting bureau chief of ACCS. “What we… 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 »

Biking in Arlington gets a boost from Safetrack and warmer winter weather

Has there been an increase in biking in Arlington due to Washington D.C.’s region-wide SafeTrack initiative to repair Metrorail? It’s a difficult question to answer at this point. BikeArlington has already reported that there were increases up to 75 percent over 2015 daily averages in bike traffic at the Rosslyn-Custis Trail bike counter during the… Read more »

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Analysis of military base travel choices leads to improved pedestrian connections, more transportation options

Arlington’s work to improve military base transportation options gets top marks Look at a map of Arlington County, Virginia, and it’s easy to see just how much of it is covered by Arlington National Cemetery and the crescent moon-shaped Fort Myer-Henderson Hall military base on its western border. But, considering Arlington’s wide array of public… Read more »

Communicating transportation options, on “Talking Headways” podcast

How can cities and transit agencies better reach out to commuters and guide them towards modes that aren’t driving alone? How is the transportation landscape changing to include a greater breadth of transportation options? Mobility Lab’s communications director Paul Mackie recently discussed these questions and more with host Jeff Wood on the transportation and urbanism podcast Talking Headways. Referencing a communications… Read more »

WMATA hosts Metro Hack Night, announces more real-time data

[quote_right][feature_box title=”TRANSPO TAKEAWAY” title_color=”fff” header_color=”369″]By providing – and improving – real-time system data and working with third-party developers, agencies can help riders better understand potential issues with their commutes and make smarter choices.[/feature_box][/quote_right]While Metrorail and Metrobus ridership has fallen in recent years, the transit system is still an essential backbone to the Washington, D.C., region’s… Read more »

Where are the Super Bowl-esque ads about public transportation?

[quote_right][feature_box title=”TRANSPO TAKEAWAY” title_color=”fff” header_color=”369″]Transit communications needs to catch up if transit ever hopes to catch on.[/feature_box][/quote_right] When it comes to communicating that people have transportation options besides their own drive-alone cars, the transit industry is getting its lunch handed to it, and has been for decades. It must face that it’s a fringe player that wants to… Read more »

Bikeshare on a suburban road

Debunking common myths about bikeshare in the suburbs

“There’s no need for a bikeshare station here. People in this neighborhood already have bikes.”[quote_right][feature_box title=”OPTIONS OPPORTUNITY” title_color=”fff” header_color=”369″]Bikeshare infrastructure is compatible with any kind of neighborhood, as are the benefits of fostering increased bikeshare access and ridership.[/feature_box][/quote_right] As bikeshare expands beyond Arlington, Virginia’s densest neighborhoods along Metro corridors, this is a comment the county’s… Read more »

Map app in car

Want to start carpooling? Pick up your phone and get going

Nearly half of all car trips in the U.S. can technically be defined as carpooling. But that’s because we often travel together with our friends and family.[quote_right][feature_box title=”OPTION OPPORTUNITY” title_color=’fff” header_color=”369″]Many policies and programs could do better at incentivizing the safe and tech-friendly practice of carpooling.[/feature_box][/quote_right] Besides those joy rides, sharing a car has had… Read more »