About Transit Tech
To benefit from the use of multiple transportation modes, especially transit, people need reliable information that will help them plan their trips. With the widespread adoption of smartphones, which nearly two-thirds of all Americans now use, it’s easier than ever for people to consider trying new transportation options.
Because of these options in places like Washington, D.C., New York City, Chicago, and Los Angeles, it is becoming easier to combine walking, biking, driving, ridesharing, and transit for getting to social activities and work. Data transparency is leading cities and agencies to prioritize real-time information that will connect citizens to a more vibrant lifestyle.
Mobility Lab and Arlington County are constantly seeking to improve transportation through technology with events like our TransportationCamp, our Transportation Techies group, and tech partnerships like CarFreeAtoZ, TransitScreen, and Transit Near Me. These efforts are making smarter transportation choices a way of life.
Applications Culitivated by Mobility Lab
CarFreeAtoZ is the Washington region's first fully multimodal trip planning and comparison tool. Developed as part of Arlington County Commuter Services' Transit Tech Initiative, CarFreeAtoZ makes it easy to adapt smart transportation choices to your daily life.
CaBi Station Crowdsourcing
Enables public participation in planning a network of preferred station locations.
Real-Time Transit Screens
Monitor status of custom-selected stations for rail, bus, and bikeshare.
The map shows all the stations you can bike to in 30 minutes or less.
Transit Near Me
Discover bus and rail lines near your home or office.
Compare routes for driving, walking, biking, and transit
Car Free Near Me
A mapping program currently in beta by Arlington County Commuter Services.
It allows anyone to insert an address anywhere in the Washington D.C. region to view their travel options, see real-time arrivals, and check for service advisories with various transit agencies.
This tool that helps find goods and services within a critical distance of any given Metro station.
Tool for studying trip-history data for bikeshare systems and Metro.
Display heat maps for bike accidents and bike counts.
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This is part one of a two-part series on a report by George Mason University graduate students. Students were tasked by Mobility Lab with creating a new transportation blueprint for Arlington, Va., geared toward connecting more people to its transportation network. This part focuses on passenger transportation – part two will examine freight and deliveries…. Read more »
Volunteers will “teach” the program to better identify people walking and biking Despite signing onto Vision Zero, a campaign that aims to eliminate traffic-related deaths and serious injuries, Washington, D.C. and other large cities have struggled to make progress in reducing deaths on their streets. While traffic deaths in D.C. have held steady in the high 20s… Read more »
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Authors make the case for employing AVs in ways to minimize VMT increases Mobility Lab has often stressed the importance of autonomous vehicles being introduced as fleets rather than personally owned, so what might those fleets look like? How would this emerging technology be applied to the transit solutions already known to work? If autonomous rapid transit –… Read more »
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 »
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