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Planning Tool Brings Hope for Transit Users

[quote_right][feature_box title=”TDM TAKEAWAY” title_color=”fff” header_color=”369″]With budget limitations greater than ever for transit planners, a new web tool could help prioritize and expedite route-design improvements.[/feature_box][/quote_right] Paul Supawanich and his colleagues want to make transit better. They see transit as a powerful force for good because it is efficient at moving lots of people. The problem, as… Read more »

Living in the Heart of D.C. May Actually Be Cheaper Than Living in the Outer Suburbs

[quote_right][feature_box title=”TDM TAKEAWAY” title_color=”fff” header_color=”369″]People may have incentive to take public transportation now that they have access to better information about the true costs of car ownership.[/feature_box][/quote_right] The conventional wisdom is that living in the city is much more expensive than living outside of it. Taxes, entertainment, and groceries all add up to a slightly higher… Read more »

Peace and Love – Not Scare Mongering – Makes Better Bike-Ped-Car Messaging

[quote_right][feature_box title=”TDM TAKEAWAY” title_color=”fff” header_color=”369″]The right kind of safety messaging can set a transit agency apart from the competition – and encourage active transportation.[/feature_box][/quote_right] Arlington hasn’t unveiled its new PAL marketing campaign yet, but Mobility Lab received a preview of it. Soon to show up on ART buses, in Arlington Metro stations, and in local… Read more »

Bikeshare Opens Major Possibilities for People Who Use CarFreeAtoZ

One of the key strengths of bikeshare is how it effectively expands the transportation network for its users. It unlocks new travel options that might not otherwise be possible, even for people with their own bikes. Now that CarFreeAtoZ supports bikeshare as an option, we can begin to see this impact more clearly than ever…. Read more »

D.C. Region’s First Capital Bikeshare-to-Transit App Unveiled by Arlington County

Along with bike-to-transit and drive-to-transit, people traveling throughout the Washington D.C. region – for the first time – can now search for bikeshare-to-transit directions as part of their trip planning. To see if your commute would benefit from Capital Bikeshare, start by going to CarFreeAtoZ.com. Follow the guide to submit your home and work address… Read more »

Arlington Incubates Its Latest Transit-Tech Project

[quote_right][feature_box title=”TDM TAKEAWAY” title_color=”fff” header_color=”369″]Arlington County’s incubation of transit-tech projects like Conveyal’s CarFreeAtoZ is one way the county seeks to improve the lives of its commuters.[/feature_box][/quote_right] It takes a certain amount of chutzpah to compete with the likes of Google, but that’s what a little start-up named Conveyal is doing. The firm creates digital tools… Read more »

3 Ways Multi-Modal Travel is Tricky for App Developers

[quote_right][feature_box title=”TDM TAKEAWAY” title_color=”fff” header_color=”369″]Working to refine all the complicated algorithms of travel is vital to improving commuter experiences.[/feature_box][/quote_right] When searching for a route with OpenTripPlanner, we transit techies use complex profile-routing algorithms to objectively find the best options across all available modes, which can lead to an enormous amount of results. To get the… Read more »

Making It Easy for Small Businesses to Offer Transit Benefits

It has been well documented that large companies offering transit benefits to their employees gain payroll tax savings, lower health-benefit costs, increased employee productivity, and better retention levels.[quote_right][feature_box title=”TDM TAKEAWAY” title_color=”fff” header_color=”369″]TDM agencies can help small businesses, making their employees happier, helping them compete, and improving regional traffic congestion.[/feature_box][/quote_right] But we seem to hear less about… Read more »

D.C. Using Data to Envision Bike Lanes of the Future

One bike every 13 seconds. One-hundred fifteen bikes in a 15-minute period. That’s what newly installed bicycle sensors recorded during a recent evening rush hour on the 15th Street cycle track – a massive number considering the bike lane itself is just two years old. Darren Buck, the head of the Washington D.C. Department of… Read more »

Bike Friendly is Business Friendly

It has been well documented that having happy and fit employees helps productivity and the bottom line, but many businesses may be overlooking one of the cheaper ways to support a healthy work place: becoming a Bicycle Friendly Business through the League of American Bicyclists. And businesses in Arlington, Virginia may find earning that designation especially easy… Read more »