Bikeshare operators addressing rebalancing and other fixes to maximize reliability Bikeshare operators addressing rebalancing and other fixes to maximize reliability
Bikeshare operators addressing rebalancing and other fixes to maximize reliability
Bikeshare operators addressing rebalancing and other fixes to maximize reliability
Fully autonomous vehicles may make us safer, but could add to traffic Fully autonomous vehicles may make us safer, but could add to traffic
Fully autonomous vehicles may make us safer, but could add to traffic
Fully autonomous vehicles may make us safer, but could add to traffic
Will people ever share rides in small and mid-size cities? Will people ever share rides in small and mid-size cities?
Will people ever share rides in small and mid-size cities?
Will people ever share rides in small and mid-size cities?
How often is that bike lane blocked? A crowdsourced tool takes a look. How often is that bike lane blocked? A crowdsourced tool takes a look.
How often is that bike lane blocked? A crowdsourced tool takes a look.
How often is that bike lane blocked? A crowdsourced tool takes a look.
Visualizing a 10-minute walk’s worth of transportation connections Visualizing a 10-minute walk’s worth of transportation connections
Visualizing a 10-minute walk's worth of transportation connections
Visualizing a 10-minute walk’s worth of transportation connections

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

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CarFreeAtoZ

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.

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CaBi Station Crowdsourcing

Enables public participation in planning a network of preferred station locations.

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Real-Time Transit Screens

Monitor status of custom-selected stations for rail, bus, and bikeshare.

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CaBi Range

The map shows all the stations you can bike to in 30 minutes or less.

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Transit Near Me

Discover bus and rail lines near your home or office.

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Side-by-Side Router

Compare routes for driving, walking, biking, and transit

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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.

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Metro Places

This tool that helps find goods and services within a critical distance of any given Metro station. 

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Trip Visualizer

Tool for studying trip-history data for bikeshare systems and Metro.

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Stat Mapper

Display heat maps for bike accidents and bike counts.

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Bikeshare operators addressing rebalancing and other fixes to maximize reliability

Bikeshare operators addressing rebalancing and other fixes to maximize reliability


March 21, 2017    Andrew Carpenter

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 »

Fully autonomous vehicles may make us safer, but could add to traffic

Fully autonomous vehicles may make us safer, but could add to traffic


March 20, 2017    Paul Mackie

Split of benefits and costs could spark much-needed national transportation discussion Just what a future transportation system with autonomous vehicles looks like isn’t completely clear-cut. However, Kara Kockelman, a University of Texas-based leading academic on the subject, has predictions for their economic impacts. In a South by Southwest presentation last week, she put forth a… Read more »

Will people ever share rides in small and mid-size cities?

Will people ever share rides in small and mid-size cities?


March 16, 2017    Paul Mackie

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 »

How often is that bike lane blocked? A crowdsourced tool takes a look.

How often is that bike lane blocked? A crowdsourced tool takes a look.


March 13, 2017    Andrew Carpenter

It’s a common conversation topic among bike commuters: drivers block bike lanes all too often, and cities rarely seem responsive about it. This has been anecdotal for some time, but advocates in the Washington, D.C., region have been collecting some useful data and in order to develop a stronger case for better enforcement and safer… Read more »

Visualizing a 10-minute walk’s worth of transportation connections

Visualizing a 10-minute walk’s worth of transportation connections


March 10, 2017    Adam Russell

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 »

Breaking the mold in the quest for the ultimate connected city

Breaking the mold in the quest for the ultimate connected city


March 9, 2017    Paul Mackie

This is part 2 of a two-part series on how advocates can create connected cities. Part 1 examined public agencies reshaping their transportation priorities. Pinellas County, Fla., just west of Tampa Bay, is one of several local governments in the nation to essentially embed Uber and Lyft into the local transit system. Transit riders can… Read more »

Untangling the jumbled path towards the ultimate connected city

Untangling the jumbled path towards the ultimate connected city


February 28, 2017    Paul Mackie

This is part 1 of a two-part series on how advocates can create connected cities, examining how public agencies can reshape their priorities. Part 2 will detail how they can then move beyond conventional projects. Smartphone owners feel connected much of the time, for better or worse. But shouldn’t that be the goal for physical… Read more »

University of Maryland project looks to crowdsource an accessibility map of DC’s sidewalks

University of Maryland project looks to crowdsource an accessibility map of DC’s sidewalks


February 15, 2017    Andrew Carpenter

Other programmers at the recent Walk Hack Night presented data visualizations that explore walkability and walking connections in the Washington, D.C., region. Across the United States, 30.6 million Americans older than 15 live with mobility impairments, a significant portion of whom require an assistive aid like a walker or wheelchair. Despite progress since the Americans… Read more »

New services are moving fast, and cities are looking to update procurement processes to keep up

New services are moving fast, and cities are looking to update procurement processes to keep up


February 10, 2017    Paul Mackie

Notoriously lumbering municipal procurement processes can be an especially bad fit with the way newer transportation options need to be implemented. How are local agencies supposed to form “first-mile, last-mile” partnerships with flexible technology services like Lyft, Via, and Bridj when the official steps to solidify those partnerships impede the process? “A transit agency can… Read more »

Building a transit army: How MARTA Army is working to improve Atlanta’s bus stops

Building a transit army: How MARTA Army is working to improve Atlanta’s bus stops


February 8, 2017    Andrew Carpenter

Transit advocacy doesn’t have to move slowly through layers of bureaucracy: in Atlanta, advocates have been mobilizing to improve bus stops in their own neighborhoods. At TransportationCamp DC last month, representatives from the grassroots advocacy group MARTA Army shared their organizing model, which has been successful in creating tangible improvements for riders in the Atlanta… Read more »

Communities can benefit from autonomous vehicles with “fast action planning”

Communities can benefit from autonomous vehicles with “fast action planning”


February 7, 2017    Lisa Nisenson

This article originally appeared in the Eno Transportation Weekly. Kelley Coyner and Lisa Nisenson led the capstone session of Eno’s Capital Convergence, Taking it to the Streets: Creating the Strategies to Bring an AV Shuttle to the D.C. Region. At Eno’s Capital Convergence conference, technology leaders like David Woessner of Local Motors demonstrated that transformative… Read more »

To the Rockies and back without a car

To the Rockies and back without a car


February 6, 2017    Jana Lynott

A mother-and-son adventure in pursuit of a low-cost skiing vacation It started innocently enough: my teenage son begged for a ski trip to the Colorado mountains. His frugal mom decided to teach him how to save a few hundred bucks so he might be able to indulge his passion when on a college student’s budget…. Read more »