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Bicycling Gains Could Eventually Put U.S. Cities on Par with Copenhagen

The mainstreaming of bicycling is nothing short of a comeback story in the United States. Bicycle ridership generally is up, and so is bike commuting, particularly in some key urban markets. In automobile-congested but bicycle-friendly regions such as New York, San Francisco, and Washington D.C., the ability of bikes to outmaneuver automobiles and avoid headache-inducing… Read more »

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Gamification, Technology, and Improving Transit Rider Satisfaction

What’s the current state of the rider experience? Are transportation systems meeting the demands and expectations of the general public? These questions were posed to a panel of speakers at a plenary session of the Mobility Lab-sponsored Innovation in Public Policy Summit. Technology – in particular the power of information – was shown to be a… Read more »

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Other Places Nipping at Heels of Arlington’s Transit-Oriented Development

Arlington, Virginia has long been a national and local leader of transit-oriented development (TOD). It’s been the jurisdictional equivalent of an iPad when the majority of places were still desktop PCs. Now, many other places are patterning themselves based on the traits Arlington perfected; that is, relatively dense and containing mixed-use, walkable, and bikeable neighborhoods… Read more »

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Are Fearful, Lurking Parents a Reason for Uninspired Transportation Choice?

I’ve been enjoying danah boyd’s book titled It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens. She is a researcher from Microsoft, New York University and Harvard who toured the country for the past several years interviewing teens about why they seem so addicted to social media and whether they are destroying their brains and their… Read more »

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Quick Fixes for Motorcycles, Scooters Would Improve D.C. Traffic

The bike network in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area is alive and well. The Capital Bikeshare program is a wild success despite the bankruptcy of Montreal-based Public Bike System Co. (PBSC), the sole supplier of the program’s bicycles. Arlington bills itself as a place to get your fix for your car-free diet and boasts more… Read more »

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Amtrak’s Impact on Northeast Economy Detailed in New Report

This is an excerpt of an article originally published at Amtrak’s blog. Amtrak owns and maintains 80 percent of the Northeast Corridor’s mainline, which is used by 710,000 rail commuters and 40,000 Amtrak riders daily. A new report shows what an incredible impact the mainline has on the American economy. The Northeast Corridor Infrastructure and Operations… Read more »

Sprawl

Arlington’s Embrace of Transit-Oriented Development Linked to Health, Sprawl Study Says

We have been taught to hate sprawl in America, yet, in the past 10 years, our country has become, on average, slightly more sprawling than in the decade prior. That was one finding of Smart Growth America’s Measuring Sprawl 2014 report, released earlier this month. The study, conducted by University of Utah city planning professor… Read more »

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Columbia Pike Streetcar Would Bring Billions to Arlington and Fairfax

A new study commissioned by Arlington County shows that the Columbia Pike Streetcar would spur billions of dollars in revenue for Arlington and Fairfax counties. Between $3.2 billion and $4.4 billion in incremental benefits (over and above capital expenditures and operating costs) would be realized for the two counties over 30 years. This far exceeds the $300… Read more »

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80 Percent of New York’s 150 Million Taxi Trips Could Be Shared

I’ve been a big fan of MIT’s Senseable City Lab since I was a grad student at Penn. Their work sits at the intersection of cities and technology, and so I’ve always found it incredibly fascinating. Recently, the Lab examined data from all of New York’s 13,586 registered cabs and looked for ways that technology and mobile… Read more »

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TransitScreen Wins Transportation Research Board “Six Minute Pitch” Contest

My TransitScreen cofounder Matt Caywood (a Mobility Lab contributor) and I recently had the honor – along with three other transportation startups – of presenting our “Six Minute Pitch” at the Transportation Research Board (TRB) 93rd Annual Meeting in Washington D.C. on January 14. We won, and the biggest benefit is that we received recognition at an event with nearly… Read more »