Traffic planners should listen up to solutions offered by Transportation Techies Traffic planners should listen up to solutions offered by Transportation Techies
Traffic planners should listen up to solutions offered by Transportation Techies
Traffic planners should listen up to solutions offered by Transportation Techies
How ride-hailing is disrupting transit, the auto industry, and our communities How ride-hailing is disrupting transit, the auto industry, and our communities
How ride-hailing is disrupting transit, the auto industry, and our communities
How ride-hailing is disrupting transit, the auto industry, and our communities
Mobility: How technology will shape the way we travel Mobility: How technology will shape the way we travel
Mobility: How technology will shape the way we travel
Mobility: How technology will shape the way we travel
Could Uber and Lyft push to make paratransit efficient and affordable? Could Uber and Lyft push to make paratransit efficient and affordable?
Could Uber and Lyft push to make paratransit efficient and affordable?
Could Uber and Lyft push to make paratransit efficient and affordable?
Driver speed, texting is the new drunk driving Driver speed, texting is the new drunk driving
Driver speed, texting is the new drunk driving
Driver speed, texting is the new drunk driving
Vox/Mobility Lab video: The high cost of free parking Vox/Mobility Lab video: The high cost of free parking
Vox/Mobility Lab video: The high cost of free parking
Vox/Mobility Lab video: The high cost of free parking

What are cities doing to make transportation solutions a reality?

The transportation sector is rapidly shifting from the status quo of previous decades — not only in the availability of federal funding for new investments, but also in new technologies and demographic preferences.

It is clear that states and localities will have to be inventive in finding funding sources to supplement federal support, and must plan for coming trends in greater connectivity between riders and their options.

And even the latest transportation funding bill will not come close to covering the need for maintenance and replacement of crumbling roads, bridges and transit systems.

Popular Policy Stories

How Transportation Funding Fails to Work the Way Anyone Intended

As the Senate and House are finalizing touches on the first new transportation authorization bill in more than 10 years, everyone agrees there are major problems with our transportation systems in the U.S. But nobody agrees on how to fund the necessary improvements.

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Answers to Transportation Ills Need to Come from Unexpected Funding

The world of transportation is innovating and shifting at a clip no mere mortals can expect to follow easily, but one would never know it by simply glancing at the flat and seemingly unexcited way Congress has taken to keeping roads and transit barely patched.

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Transportation Leadership 2.0 – Arlington, Technology, and the Future of Place

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Recent Policy News

Traffic planners should listen up to solutions offered by Transportation Techies

Traffic planners should listen up to solutions offered by Transportation Techies


August 16, 2017    Andrew Carpenter

Traffic wastes time and money almost everywhere on the planet, so congestion is the bogeyman many transportation planners hope to defeat. Attendees at the most-recent Transportation Techies Meetup – held at Mobility Lab in Arlington, Va., and focused on traffic solutions – got a taste of several early-stage tech/planning options. “Data and technology are becoming… Read more »

How ride-hailing is disrupting transit, the auto industry, and our communities

How ride-hailing is disrupting transit, the auto industry, and our communities


August 11, 2017    Ethan Goffman

This is a two-part series on ride-hailing carpool-like services. Part 1 introduced us to Via, now operating in Washington D.C., and included the results of a test ride with the service. Via launched in 2012 in Manhattan and now also operates in Chicago and Washington, D.C. And it’s similar to other services such as San Francisco’s… Read more »

Mobility: How technology will shape the way we travel

Mobility: How technology will shape the way we travel


August 2, 2017    Christine Perlick

Next-generation technologies are changing the way we travel, how we define transportation, and mobility options. Paul Mackie, our communications director, recently joined Tech Pulse TV’s panel of transportation experts to discuss emerging technologies shaping mobility, and how we will define mobility in the future. Today, somewhere between 75 to 85 percent of the cars on… Read more »

Could Uber and Lyft push to make paratransit efficient and affordable?

Could Uber and Lyft push to make paratransit efficient and affordable?


July 28, 2017    Angela Urban

Only seven to 10 percent of any age group with disabilities used paratransit or other specialized services for travel, according to a 2002 study by the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS). The same study said that 8 to 31 percent of any age group with disabilities uses public transit. Those numbers haven’t likely changed… Read more »

Driver speed, texting is the new drunk driving

Driver speed, texting is the new drunk driving


July 20, 2017    Paul Mackie

Streetsblog’s Angie Schmitt brings to light a really important issue that we think about every day at Mobility Lab. She notes that Americans spend more time on average every day driving their cars than socializing with other people. And this is likely skewing the ways people think about and care about other people as they… Read more »

Vox/Mobility Lab video: The high cost of free parking

Vox/Mobility Lab video: The high cost of free parking


July 19, 2017    Paul Mackie

When Steve Jobs pitched Apple’s new California campus – which opened earlier this year – he wanted to turn parking lots into green landscapes. But the city of Cupertino demanded 11,000 parking spots, which put a wrench in that part of Jobs’ vision. Cupertino’s parking requirements are not unique. It’s estimated that, in America, there… Read more »

Oregon law meddles and could hurt local bike sales

Oregon law meddles and could hurt local bike sales


July 7, 2017    Paul Mackie

It seems that Oregon policymakers want to encourage people to buy bicycles at Amazon.com rather than local bike shops. The state has proposed a flat $15 tax on any new adult bikes purchased for $200 or more. This is a bit odd because, while the funding is earmarked for the Connect Oregon program to make… Read more »

Aspen will examine traffic issues with a “mobility lab”

Aspen will examine traffic issues with a “mobility lab”


June 28, 2017    Paul Mackie

As transportation-policy rockstar Ray LaHood once said at a Mobility Lab event, there should be Mobility Labs all over the U.S. While our little shop headquartered in Arlington, Va., may still be the only Mobility Lab in the country, there may soon be another. With Aspen, Colo., “drowning in automobiles,” Mayor Steve Skadron is hoping to… 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 »

Closing gaps in low-stress networks to bring bicycling to more people

Closing gaps in low-stress networks to bring bicycling to more people


June 20, 2017    Ethan Goffman

Montgomery County, Md., revisits how it plans bike lanes Creating safe biking connections between low-stress streets can pay off in improved access to a broad network of bike lanes. Montgomery County, Md., is seeking to do just that in its forthcoming Bicycle Master Plan. It includes about 1,000 miles of separated bike lanes in the next… Read more »

Dallas area is pinpointing ways to make transportation easier and better – Dallas News

Dallas area is pinpointing ways to make transportation easier and better – Dallas News


June 19, 2017    Paul Mackie

It’s encouraging to see that, even in car-centric suburbs, more and more people are starting to open their eyes to the possibilities of more and better transportation options. Take Plano, Texas, for example, right outside of Dallas, where a new study finds that 41 percent of the population is interested in options other than traveling… Read more »

Stanford’s drive-alone rate has dropped 22 percentage points since 2000 – Stanford News

Stanford’s drive-alone rate has dropped 22 percentage points since 2000 – Stanford News


June 15, 2017    Paul Mackie

Stanford is a leader on transportation demand management, and the university has a robust “No Net New Commute Trips” goal to back it. That goal seeks to accomplish “no additional automobile trips during the peak commute time in the campus commute direction in the morning and evening.” On top of the goal, Stanford has posted… Read more »