Post-Travis Kalanick, Uber needs to finally think deeply about its role in the world Post-Travis Kalanick, Uber needs to finally think deeply about its role in the world
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How does transportation affect economic development?

People want to have the option to walk, bike, or take transit to work, and businesses, employers and developers have taken notice. Cities and communities in which it is easier for workers and residents to get around in ways other than by car for most of their daily needs are drawing more investments in terms of economic growth and jobs.

Additionally, studies are increasingly finding that lower rates of driving means more money stays in the local economy, as opposed to being siphoned away by the cost of gasoline. Bicyclists, for example, generally spend more money more frequently at local businesses than drivers do.

Thus, businesses and economic development agencies are often on the forefront of advocacy for better transportation options. Smarter decisions when it comes to getting around will pay off down the road when it comes to attracting a talented workforce and fostering a stronger local economy.

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Ease of transportation access gets a look in Hawaii and Pennsylvania

Ease of transportation access gets a look in Hawaii and Pennsylvania


June 27, 2017    Paul Mackie

One of the most popular pages on MobilityLab.org is our What is TDM? page. It makes sense, since there is clearly a groundswell of more cities and regions focusing on improving education about and access to transportation options. Just this week in the news, Chester County, Pa., is exploring a new “holistic” way to look… Read more »

California merchants, public clamor for rethinking our transportation impulses

California merchants, public clamor for rethinking our transportation impulses


June 23, 2017    Paul Mackie

In bustling city cores, people driving alone in their personal cars can be the worst thing for local merchants. Many of them simply didn’t know it before, but they’re slowly beginning to figure it out. Three new stories out of California show that the state is taking the concept of transportation demand seriously. Take this example:… Read more »

Post-Travis Kalanick, Uber needs to finally think deeply about its role in the world

Post-Travis Kalanick, Uber needs to finally think deeply about its role in the world


June 21, 2017    Paul Mackie

With today’s news that Travis Kalanick has stepped down as chief executive of Uber, the ride-hailing giant has reached a crossroads on whether it will sink or swim. Its many months of trials and tribulations may be too much to overcome, and the boorish company culture that has come to light again and again will… Read more »

Offering transit incentives is a way to avoid costly infrastructure spending

Offering transit incentives is a way to avoid costly infrastructure spending


June 14, 2017    Paul Mackie

In the department of “Where Are They Now?,” Chris Hamilton is a prominent face around Mobility Lab, as one of our contributors and the former bureau chief of Arlington County Commuter Services, of which Mobility Lab is a part. He just appeared as a guest on the excellent GovLove podcast. Host Ben Kittelson asks to learn… Read more »

Bike parking and the bottom line

Bike parking and the bottom line


June 5, 2017    Shawn Chessell

5 reasons why retail business can no longer afford to ignore bicyclists Once, providing a secure bicycle parking infrastructure was an option that was only considered by socially-conscious business owners in bike-friendly communities. But with bicycle commuting rapidly growing, that has changed. Now, business owners in almost all communities must face the reality that a… Read more »

In Arlington, when is it cheaper to choose carsharing over car ownership?

In Arlington, when is it cheaper to choose carsharing over car ownership?


May 11, 2017    Paul Mackie

Arlington County, Va., includes carsharing in its Master Transportation Plan because it adds important connections to and from its already-rich transit infrastructure. But for car-owning Arlington households, how does carsharing fit within their transportation needs? For one, cost can play a large role. Marietta Gelfort, a carsharing analyst for the Arlington County Department of Environmental Services, recently took a detailed… Read more »

DC employers recognized for leadership in commute contests, transit benefits, and more

DC employers recognized for leadership in commute contests, transit benefits, and more


March 29, 2017    Paul Mackie

A little healthy competition led a bunch of architects to rethink the way they get to work each day. It sounds so simple, but the science behind it was on display Wednesday at The Westin Georgetown, where goDCgo – an initiative of the District Department of Transportation – held its first Ambassador Awards ceremony. The… Read more »

Ford not just selling cars anymore

Ford not just selling cars anymore


March 13, 2017    Paul Mackie

Business model shifts to include mobility options Anyone who caught Ford’s Super Bowl commercial might have some questions about the other modes – bikeshare and vanpool, most notably – that appeared next to the automaker’s cars. To Ford, it’s part of a strategic, ongoing shift. Speaking Monday at South By Southwest in Austin, Texas, Executive Chairman… Read more »

More people in the DC region are teleworking. Here’s how to get started.

More people in the DC region are teleworking. Here’s how to get started.


March 2, 2017    Adam Russell

In the last few years, the D.C. region has quietly seen a significant rise in the number of people teleworking. According to last year’s regional State of the Commute report, 10 percent of the area’s workers now primarily telework, and nearly one-third of all workers report teleworking at least some of the time (on average, 1.5… Read more »

Five ways employers are thinking big on commuter benefits

Five ways employers are thinking big on commuter benefits


February 21, 2017    Adam Russell

A new publication from the Association for Commuter Transportation, entitled “Getting to Work,” highlights the ways several forward-thinking employers are offering better commuting options to their employees. Each story offers a look at the unique transportation challenges major employers face – from parking crunches to time-consuming commutes – and which solutions have proven effective in addressing… Read more »

In Arlington, 221 Champions recognized for work promoting transportation options

In Arlington, 221 Champions recognized for work promoting transportation options


February 2, 2017    Paul Mackie

While Arlington County’s transportation network benefits from being directly across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C., the county has worked hard to get people moving in ways other than by car. “We have the lowest drive-alone rate for commuters in the state,” noted Larry Filler, bureau chief of Arlington County Commuter Services. But that rate… Read more »

Which employers are leading on commuter benefits?

Which employers are leading on commuter benefits?


January 31, 2017    Adam Russell

Employer TDM programs aren’t just for reducing congestion on highways – they also make good business sense, contributing to productive workplaces and employee retention. Best Workplaces for Commuters, a program of the Center for Urban Transportation Research, today released its 2017 list of employers leading the way in TDM programs, a national lineup of companies making… Read more »