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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 »

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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 »

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“Hot Zone” Commuters Taking Bikeshare to Use Metro

In Capital Bikeshare’s 2013 customer survey, the local government regional partnership that created the service asked who made trips to and from Metro. It turns out that 54 percent of our customers do. So how far do Capital Bikeshare customers ride to get to and from Metro and their home? Well, we had some interesting… Read more »

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Activity Centers: Economic Engines and Livable Places

“For many people, this is a neighborhood where you can live, you can work, you can shop, you can have lots of cultural and recreational choices, all in the same place,” explains Harriet Tregoning, director of the District of Columbia Office of Planning, in describing NoMA in a new video from my organization – the Metropolitan Washington… Read more »

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The Case for Activity Centers in the D.C. Region

Atlanta has Livable Centers. San Francisco has Priority Development Areas. And here in D.C., we have Activity Centers. Different terms, similar concepts: places or hubs in large metropolitan areas where future growth is designated, encouraged, and concentrated. Activity Centers have big implications regarding efficiencies in transportation, sustainability, and livability, particularly in a post-recession environment of… Read more »