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(Left to right) goDCgo's Grace Oran, and ATP's Maggie Awad, Brendan Casey, Keara Mehlert, and Jonathan Bollhoefer

In rush-hour D.C., abundance of transportation options look “amazing”

At Arlington Transportation Partners and goDCgo, our job is to encourage residents and visitors in the Washington D.C. metro region to consider sustainable and active commutes. So we decided to try some of the many options in our first annual “Amazing Commuter Race.” In our book, the best ways to travel come down to cost, time,… Read more »

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StreetsCamp Elevates Transit Discourse in D.C. Region

Successful campaigns to improve transit – and urban mobility more generally – depend on key contributions from community advocates, city government, and transit agencies. The venues are few and far between for these three groups to informally collaborate, refine their efforts, and share ideas. However, members of each of these groups, as well as academic… Read more »

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5 Apps for Catching Your Train and Being Productive on D.C.’s Metro

Mobility Lab’s Transportation Techies has grown wildly to include more than 900 members in the Washington D.C. region since its founding a year-and-a-half ago – and the latest event featured its best show yet. Here are a few of the projects presented at June’s Metro Hack Night III (look for more from this session to… Read more »

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Transit Agencies Need Online Savvy to Influence Politics

Surveying and research modeling for transit ballot measures typically happens in the final crunch before elections. But Scott Wilkinson, founder of AlphaVu, makes a compelling case for transit agencies and transportation strategists to stay focused on how people are talking about them 365 days a year. “In transit, we’re feeling gun-shy. We’re used to people… Read more »

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How Transit Agencies Can Manage the “Blizzard” of Negativity on Twitter

Agencies that use Twitter to respond to users’ complaints or answer questions get more positive Twitter reaction and more civil discourse online, according to Lisa Schweitzer, the author of a recent award-winning study analyzing tweets of public transit agencies. “It’s about the marketing potential of social media — a lot of public transit agencies are… Read more »

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A Social-Media Playbook for Changing Commuting Behaviors

Can social media be used to change a person’s commuting behavior or the way we design cities and transportation systems? There’s growing research to show how behaviors are influenced by networks, and specifically how social media can cause behavior changes that benefit society (such as decreasing energy consumption). The same principles, done correctly, could no doubt… Read more »

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Gentrification is Not a Left-Right Issue, It’s a Clash of Values

Author Ben Ross spoke at today’s Lunch At the Lab at Mobility Lab. Below are select tweets about the ways people are discussing gentrification and how it’s shaping the worlds of affordable housing, transit, and urbanism in general.

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Transit Systems Tap Video’s Storytelling Ability to Attract, Inform Riders

This article was originally published by METRO Magazine, by senior editor Nicole Schlosser. As a growing number of riders and the general public look to online videos for information and entertainment — video consumption in the U.S. has been generally increasing, according to comScore — some transit systems are producing their own videos to more… Read more »