Transportation Costs Not Considered Enough in Housing Decisions

[By Paul Goddin for Mobility Lab, published on November 25, 2013] The 2010 Census shows that the D.C. metropolitan region has the highest median income in the country, at more than $84,000. In fact, a popular Wall Street Journal article recently touted the “New Gilded Age” of the nation’s capital. So it is perhaps not surprising that no …

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LaHood: America’s Transportation Future is in Rail, Google Car, Mobility Labs

[By Paul Goddin for Mobility Lab, published on October 24, 2013] In the next 25 years, America’s highway system will be replaced in large part by a crisscrossing network of passenger rail lines. The automobile will be replaced by the Google (driverless) car. Alternative modes of transportation such as biking and walking will be more prevalent. And there …

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Arlington Residential Parking Garages Not Full

[By Paul Goddin for Mobility Lab, published on October 10, 2013] A new study by Arlington County Commuter Services (ACCS) examines the travel and parking behaviors of residents by looking at a sample of residential site plan buildings. Site plan buildings are those that require special approval from the County Board in order to be developed because they need …

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Transportation Tech Bubble Makes D.C. “Ripe for Disruption”

[By Paul Goddin for Mobility Lab, published on September 27, 2013] The word “innovative” isn’t usually used in the same sentence as Washington D.C., but that adjective is surprisingly apt today. The nation’s capital has flown under the radar to become one of the leaders in transportation innovation. Recently launched services such as Uber, Hailo, Capital Bikeshare, Hitch, …

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TDM 101

[By Paul Goddin for Mobility Lab] “How do we begin to covet, Clarisse? Do we seek out things to covet? No, we covet what we see every day.” – Hannibal Lecter in Thomas Harris’s Silence of the Lambs What does this quote have to do with transportation? Here at Mobility Lab, we're in the business of attempting to …

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The Best of Transportation TED Talks: Part 1

[By Paul Goddin for Mobility Lab, published on August 26, 2013] TED Talks is a clearinghouse of informative and inspirational short lectures from the leading thinkers of our age. In case you didn’t know, TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, and Design (its creator was himself an architect and graphic designer). With more than 1,500 TED Talks available online (not …

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Pop-Up Buses, Cell-Phone Data are Big Winners at Transit Tech Competition

[By Paul Goddin for Mobility Lab, published on June 25, 2013] Above, Josephine Kressner and Virginia Secretary of Transportation Sean Connaughton One might expect the future of transportation to involve teleportation machines, but, at the recent “Outside the Box” competition, presenters were less “Back to the Future”-style flying skateboards than real-world innovations that could be actually implemented to …

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Connecting Data to Our Health: Kaiser’s Code-A-Thon

[By Paul Goddin for Mobility Lab, published on June 11, 2013] Mobility Lab’s Director Tom Fairchild served as a guest judge in Kaiser Permanente’s recent Code-a-Thon, a competition in which software developers from across the country traveled to the company’s state-of-the-art Center for Total Health in Washington D.C. The developers worked on different apps envisioned under Kaiser …

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Data Palooza Helps USDOT Plan for Our Transportation Future

[By Paul Goddin for Mobility Lab, published on May 14, 2013] Imagine the following scenario: Your daily commute in Washington D.C. requires taking metro’s green line to Gallery Place, then transferring onto a Metrobus to your final destination. Unfortunately, the Washington Capitals hockey team is playing at Gallery Place’s Verizon Center. The game has just completed, and …

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Sustainable DC Hopes to Build “the Most Livable City in the U.S.”

[By Paul Goddin for Mobility Lab, published on May 3, 2013]. To call Washington D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray’s Sustainable DC plan ambitious might be an understatement. Piggybacking on predecessor Adrian Fenty’s accomplishments in making the Nation’s Capital one of the most bicycle-friendly cities in the U.S., Gray has gone several steps further with Sustainable DC – a …

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