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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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 »
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Earlier this month, Mobility Lab tech advisor Michael Schade shared a look at the latest Capital Bikeshare ridership data with his new heat map. Not only does the map grant an easy way to create a more detailed look at how individual neighborhoods use bikeshare, it also includes the first few months of ridership in… Read more »
Other programmers at CaBi Hack Night sought to better understand riding connections between stations and data accessibility issues Bike rebalancing is one of the most costly and inefficient issues that bikeshare systems face. The constant need for rebalancing manifests most frustratingly in “dockblocking,” those times when riders reach a station to find all of its docks filled… Read more »
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Cities and providers face challenge of promoting shared options against the ease of drive-alone trips This week our communications director Paul Mackie is reporting from South by Southwest in Austin, Texas. Why would there be much urgency in creating shared-mobility options in a place like Austin? RideAustin, Fasten, and others easily slipped in to take the… Read more »
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How far will 10 minutes of walking take you in Arlington? And which transportation options will you find? Mobility Lab’s tech advisor Michael Schade, inspired by a Twitter inquiry about walkshed visualisations, recently set out to create a localized walkshed tool that links walking to any number of transportation options. Speaking at last month’s walking-centric Transportation… Read more »
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