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Apps Are Not the Answer

It’s clear that apps, specifically mobile apps, are the most popular creations for civic hackers and are the usual output of countless hackathons nationwide. But at the latest Transportation Techies, held for the first time in Baltimore, Justin Elszasz, an open data analyzer who blogs at The Training Set, said the focus on apps isn’t… Read more »

Transportation Agencies: Open Your Data Now

An important tactic for transportation agencies to balance traveler demand on roads and transit is to give people the tools and information they need to make smart choices about how they get around. One such tool is rideshare matching – providing commuters with potential carpool or vanpool matches based on origin, destination, and time of… Read more »

Arlington Incubates Its Latest Transit-Tech Project

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 to help transport authorities better communicate the wide array of available mobility options. Its new product is similar in functionality to Google Maps and the many… Read more »

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There’s a Reason Backpacking is European and Not American

When I think of Europe, I think of backpacking across the continent and traveling by Eurorail. It’s an often discussed, if uncommon, practice that many hope to do in their lifetimes. The idea of grabbing a few necessities and hopping on a train to see where the wind takes you is a wonderfully romantic idea…. Read more »

Techies Work to Merge Data From Multiple Transit Agencies

We’ve all used apps for planning trips using transit, but have you ever thought about what it takes to write one of these apps? The Transportation Techies Meetup group recently invited coders to share their stories about creating programs that consume data from multiple transit agencies and blend the results together. Because transit agencies tend to… Read more »

Top 10 Mobility Lab Stories of 2013

We go in a lot of directions at Mobility Lab. But – in a world with a booming population, ever-dirtier air from traffic pollution, and idealists who simply want to spend their time any other way but in traffic jams – we always bring it back to the concept of “moving people – not cars.” Within that… Read more »

Steps Needed for Integrating D.C. Patchwork of Transit Information and Technology

What’s next in the Washington D.C. region for OneBusAway — an open-source platform that consolidates transit data from multiple transit agencies? For starters, Mobility Lab will continue to work with transit agencies to improve the quality and quantity of open transit data in the region. For example, the WMATA API that we use to feed… Read more »

Calling All Nerds! Our Transportation Techies Group is Launching

Calling all nerds! Are you a programmer who loves open data, data visualizations, and mapping? Can you use your skills to help people find healthy, efficient, and sustainable transportation options? Mobility Lab has launched a Meetup group to nurture innovations in transportation. The Transportation Techies group is building a community of technology experts who love… Read more »

New Map Tool Shows Range of Capital Bikeshare Trips

A new map – called the CaBi Range – should interest users of the Washington D.C. bikeshare system, Capital Bikeshare. The map shows all the stations you can bike to in 30 minutes or less, highlighting those stations in green, as well as the routes you would take to get there. Stations beyond the time… Read more »

Transit Agencies Must Improve Service Through Technology

Transit in the Baltimore-Washington D.C. metropolitan area is complex. More than a dozen agencies serve the region, with overlapping service areas, conflicting stop numbering schemes, and uncoordinated schedules. For transit riders, it can be difficult to piece together intermodal journeys across the region because the information simply isn’t readily available. You can board an OmniLink bus in… Read more »