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Regional State of the Commute Survey 2013, Arlington Analysis

Every three years, Commuter Connections, the regional transportation demand management (TDM) program of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, commissions a survey of workers in the Washington, DC region in order to understand commute behavior, commute satisfaction, and awareness of TDM programs. In addition to the results that Commuter Connections publishes for the region, Mobility… Read more »

Better Data Collection is Path to Helping People Bike and Walk

There is not yet a nationally accepted standardized method for conducting counts of bicyclists and pedestrians, and the frequency of conducting counts varies among states and cities. There have been numerous efforts to create a more reliable means to measure travel. In 2005, Barnes and Krizek developed a formula for determining total bicycling trips by multiplying the… Read more »

Capital Bikeshare’s Regional Approach is a Winning Formula

People who ride the Washington D.C. region’s Capital Bikeshare system tend to ignore geopolitical boundaries. And that can be advantageous to the jurisdictions that feature the bikesharing program. CaBi, as it’s popularly known, was begun as a joint venture between the District and Arlington, Virginia, back in 2010. Two years later, Alexandria, Virginia joined the… Read more »

To Continue as a Leader, Arlington Must Look to Future of Transportation

Arlington, Virginia is a well-known national leader when it comes to fiscally responsible practices of transit-oriented development and transportation demand management. For many years, Arlington has primarily focused its attention on the “low-hanging fruit” of encouraging people to take Metro, bus, walk, and bicycle instead of their cars when possible. This work has been done… Read more »

ModeScore Rates Accessibility of Buildings to Multiple Transportation Options

A “transit premium” can increase property values by anywhere between a few percentage points up to more than 150 percent. As the business development manager of Developer Services at Arlington Transportation Partners, I spend a lot of time thinking about sustainable development, and how transportation access can improve building performance, sustainability and marketability. For my… Read more »

Business Appears to Be Picking Up Near Capital Bikeshare Stations

New research suggests that companies located near Capital Bikeshare stations see an increase in business because of traffic from bikeshare riders. During the 2013 fall semester a group of urban-planning graduate students at Virginia Tech’s Alexandria campus investigated the economic impacts of bikesharing on local businesses. Together with myself and Andrea Hamre, the students used… Read more »

Prosperous Hubs of Activity Planned Across D.C. Region

Today, the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) Board of Directors approved Place + Opportunity (PDF), a report that presents a regional framework to understand common challenges and opportunities among Activity Centers in our region. Examining a cross section of the region’s 141 Activity Centers, the Place + Opportunity Project Team conducted detailed analysis of each… Read more »

Metrorail Commuters Could Lose Up to $115 Each Month, Starting Now, Thanks to Congress

[Editor’s note: Be sure to check out the Washington Post’s feature article and excellent Metro rider calculator both created in a close collaboration with Mobility Lab’s Research Director Stephen Crim. Great work, Stephen!] It’s 2014, and Congressional inaction on keeping the transit-benefit cap at $245 could cost the riders who make over 700,000 daily trips… Read more »

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Arlington Transit (ART) Ridership Study 2013

The Arlington Transit (ART) Ridership Study is a regular assessment of who ART’s customers are, how they use ART bus service, their satisfaction with current service, and changes that ART could make to improve that satisfaction. The study had the following objectives: Determine characteristics of bus use, such as frequency of transit use, route utilization,… Read more »

TOD Reduces Vehicle Trips: 2008 TCRP Study Looks at 17 Residential Buildings Nationwide

A 2008 Transit Cooperative Research Program study found that housing in transit-oriented development (TOD) produces fewer vehicle trips than suggested by standards from the Institute for Traffic Engineers (ITE), and the authors conclude that regulators should lower parking ratios, as well as transportation impact fees, for residential TODs, in general. Authors G. B. Arrington of the… Read more »