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A closer look at Arlington’s bike counters show how riders are using the trails and bike lanes

Other developers at Bike Hack Night VII presented sensor and mapping projects to understand the experience of urban biking Arlington County, over the past several years, has strategically placed 30 permanent EcoCounters, bike- and pedestrian-counting sensors, to determine how many people are riding bicycles and walking on major trails and routes. Permanent counters at these… Read more »

TransportationCamps infuse new thinking into industry

This fall and winter will be a busy season for TransportationCamps in the United States, with three currently planned through January and an additional four in various planning stages for Miami, Boston, Houston, and Kansas City. TransportationCamp South in Atlanta, Georgia, kicked off the latest round of camps on September 26, the third time the… Read more »

Free transit attracts riders and helps communities in more ways than one

In January, Missoula, Montana’s transit agency, Mountain Line, began a three-year, “zero-fare” demonstration project on its fixed-route and door-to-door services, meaning boarding passengers no longer pay to use the bus. Implementing a zero-fare system was part of a larger transit improvement package that includes late-night service on its four most popular routes, increased frequency on… Read more »

National Academies Find That Open Data is a No-Brainer for Transit Agencies

While transit agencies have long been measuring their performance based on the data they keep, a new world of “open data” is providing the opportunity for anyone to analyze and visualize performance in ways that have almost never been possible. The National Academies – which advises Congress on science, engineering, and medicine – has now… Read more »

Fully Driverless Cars Will Be Ready in 2060, Report Finds

The impact of autonomous – driverless – vehicles is still a ways in the future, according to projections made in a new report by Todd Litman of the Victoria Transport Policy Institute (VTPI). As for autonomous vehicles’ impacts on traffic congestion, automobile accidents, and car ownership, the VTPI report projects that driverless vehicles will have… Read more »

TransportationCamp Provides a Twist on the Usual Academic Conference

Four-hundred twenty-five transportation enthusiasts converged at George Mason University’s Arlington campus on Saturday in the largest TransportationCamp yet. The unconference – which occurs in other cities but also in Arlington just before the National Academies’ Transportation Research Board January conference in Washington D.C. – requires the participants to show up that day with session topics in… Read more »

Hitchhiking Goes High Tech: The Story Behind CarmaHop’s Upcoming Launch

In 2010, my husband and I moved out to rural Northeast Kansas in order to live a more sustainable lifestyle. Our dream had one major flaw – a complete lack of public transportation. So these two save-the-planet sustainability groupies became just two more single-occupant vehicle drivers with big ugly carbon footprints. And we’re not alone. Forty-five… Read more »

USDOT Should Develop a Mobility Scorecard

Anyone who has lived in Washington D.C. for any amount of time is sure to have heard griping – or has griped themselves – about getting around the area. The complaints might be about traffic, Metrorail escalator outages, single-tracking trains, late buses, or many other topics. These are all anecdotal examples of problems and inefficiencies… Read more »

TransitScreen Wins Transportation Research Board “Six Minute Pitch” Contest

My TransitScreen cofounder Matt Caywood (a Mobility Lab contributor) and I recently had the honor – along with three other transportation startups – of presenting our “Six Minute Pitch” at the Transportation Research Board (TRB) 93rd Annual Meeting in Washington D.C. on January 14. We won, and the biggest benefit is that we received recognition at an event with nearly… Read more »

Arlington’s Strategies Integrate Community Development and Transportation

[Editor’s note: Arlington County’s Director of Transportation Dennis Leach presented this slideshow at the recent Transportation Research Board annual conference in Washington D.C.] Arlington’s strategies have yielded substantial economic, transportation, and environmental benefits – allowing continued growth with less reliance on auto trips, and more use of  transit and other travel options. It isn’t just… Read more »