Low-stress streets mean more biking, greater transit access Low-stress streets mean more biking, greater transit access
Low-stress streets mean more biking, greater transit access
Low-stress streets mean more biking, greater transit access
In Arlington, when is it cheaper to choose carsharing over car ownership? In Arlington, when is it cheaper to choose carsharing over car ownership?
In Arlington, when is it cheaper to choose carsharing over car ownership?
In Arlington, when is it cheaper to choose carsharing over car ownership?
Transit is key for new Alexandria development Transit is key for new Alexandria development
Transit is key for new Alexandria development
Transit is key for new Alexandria development
Will growth of shared mobility make people more willing to share their own cars? Will growth of shared mobility make people more willing to share their own cars?
Will growth of shared mobility make people more willing to share their own cars?
Will growth of shared mobility make people more willing to share their own cars?
WMATA Metrobus data projects explore effects of fare payments, disruptions WMATA Metrobus data projects explore effects of fare payments, disruptions
WMATA Metrobus data projects explore effects of fare payments, disruptions
WMATA Metrobus data projects explore effects of fare payments, disruptions
Disparity across D.C. region’s commute times a “serious equity problem” Disparity across D.C. region’s commute times a “serious equity problem”
Disparity across D.C. region's commute times a "serious equity problem"
Disparity across D.C. region’s commute times a “serious equity problem”

How is TDM changing transportation choices in Arlington County and beyond?

Mobility Lab is an international think tank based in Arlington County, Virginia. Our original research supports the case for how and why transportation demand management improves communities. We are fortunate to be embedded within the county government, studying from within a world-class “living laboratory” of transportation development.

Our team works in-house with innovative TDM partners like BikeArlington, WalkArlington, Capital Bikeshare, Arlington Transportation Partners, goDCgo, The Commuter Stores®, and many others in the region. We also serve to communicate the best practices from around the world back to Arlington’s leaders and citizenry.

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Low-stress streets mean more biking, greater transit access

Low-stress streets mean more biking, greater transit access


May 17, 2017    Ethan Goffman

New study examines how bus and bicycling travel times interact in stressful street networks As cities move forward with ambitious plans to revamp bus services and add dedicated bike infrastructure, which in turn will help draw riders and bicyclists, the level of comfort in nearby streets still play a large role. Streets free of the… 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 »

Transit is key for new Alexandria development

Transit is key for new Alexandria development


May 9, 2017    Gabriel Morey

Circulators, frequent buses could ease potential traffic from booming development plan Tucked into the southern edge of Alexandria, Va., between the Washington Beltway and Duke Street is the 230-acre Eisenhower East corridor. This formerly industrial area encompasses some of the newest development in Alexandria, including the Patent and Trademark Office (above) and the Carlyle Center office… Read more »

Will growth of shared mobility make people more willing to share their own cars?

Will growth of shared mobility make people more willing to share their own cars?


April 25, 2017    Paul Mackie

As many as 95 percent of trips in big cities could be shared with no more than a 5-minute inconvenience for riders, according to a recent report co-authored by Carlo Ratti of MIT’s SENSEable City Lab. Back in 2010, the Albany Times Union did some interesting reporting to delve into why New York State residents… Read more »

Biking in Arlington gets a boost from Safetrack and warmer winter weather

Biking in Arlington gets a boost from Safetrack and warmer winter weather


April 18, 2017    Angela Urban

Has there been an increase in biking in Arlington due to Washington D.C.’s region-wide SafeTrack initiative to repair Metrorail? It’s a difficult question to answer at this point. BikeArlington has already reported that there were increases up to 75 percent over 2015 daily averages in bike traffic at the Rosslyn-Custis Trail bike counter during the… Read more »

WMATA Metrobus data projects explore effects of fare payments, disruptions

WMATA Metrobus data projects explore effects of fare payments, disruptions


April 18, 2017    Andrew Carpenter

Other presenters at Transportation Techies’ Bus Hack Night shared projects to help riders better understand their local bus routes Though the D.C. region has one of the busiest bus systems in the country, with more than 120 million trips in 2016, it’s still part of the nationwide movement to stem recent bus ridership declines. As such, WMATA is… Read more »

Disparity across D.C. region’s commute times a “serious equity problem”

Disparity across D.C. region’s commute times a “serious equity problem”


April 17, 2017    Adam Russell

An analysis from the Washington Post, with transit-mapping software provider Mapzen, highlights several severe disparities in the availability of reliable, frequent transit options for parts of the D.C. region. The animated map lays out shifting isochrones, or areas reachable within similar time frames, that reflect projected transit travel times during a given period of the day…. Read more »

Inspiring transit ridership requires meeting people where they are

Inspiring transit ridership requires meeting people where they are


March 31, 2017    Angela Urban

Preferences and need are major factors that influence whether people take public transportation. And communicating to those people in the places they visit throughout their day is a key to improving and inspiring transit ridership. A new report from the American Public Transportation Association, Who Rides Public Transportation?, reveals insights that will be useful to… Read more »

Report envisions possible paths transportation technologies may take us in next 20 years

Report envisions possible paths transportation technologies may take us in next 20 years


March 22, 2017    Hannah Budnitz

A version of this post originally appeared on contributor Hannah Budnitz’s blog, Go-How.com. As in the United States, how people will get around Great Britain in the near future is especially unclear given a number of emerging technologies. A recent report from RAND explored this uncertainty, offering three alternative visions of the future of mobility,… Read more »

Fully autonomous vehicles may make us safer, but could add to traffic

Fully autonomous vehicles may make us safer, but could add to traffic


March 20, 2017    Paul Mackie

Split of benefits and costs could spark much-needed national transportation discussion Just what a future transportation system with autonomous vehicles looks like isn’t completely clear-cut. However, Kara Kockelman, a University of Texas-based leading academic on the subject, has predictions for their economic impacts. In a South by Southwest presentation last week, she put forth a… Read more »

Capturing major DC events on bike and walking counters

Capturing major DC events on bike and walking counters


March 17, 2017    Angela Urban

Bike/ped traffic counter spikes for disruptive events emphasize importance of transportation options Arlington has 38 bike and pedestrian counters along its trails and bike lanes, six of which capture how many people cross the Potomac River into Washington, D.C., every day. Two counters are located on Memorial Bridge, two on Key Bridge, one on Roosevelt… Read more »

Transit as a lifelong habit: Early transit use informs choices later on in life

Transit as a lifelong habit: Early transit use informs choices later on in life


March 9, 2017    Adam Russell

Travel choices are a habit, and not just one for a day-to-day consideration. A new study by Michael Smart and Nicholas Klein found that people who lived near reliable transit options early in their lives, such as in their 20s and 30s, were more likely to choose transit later on. Writing on Planetizen, the authors… Read more »