Idea for Smarter Transit Fares Wins GMU Competition

Transit would be better served if the pay-per-ride and unlimited fare schemes that currently dominate were expanded to include more fine-tuned pricing structures similar to those offered by cell phone companies. That was the idea that won the recent second annual Outside the Box transportation conference and competition at George Mason University’s (GMU’s) School of …

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10 Rules for Construction of Good Bicycle Parking

Arlington, Virginia takes bicycling seriously. It partnered with Washington D.C. to create arguably the most successful bikesharing network in the U.S., Capital Bikeshare. Arlington contains more than 100 miles of multi-use trails, on-street bike lanes, and designated bike routes over a relatively small 26.1 square miles of space. The county prides itself on its world-class …

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What are Cities Trying to Tell People?

“Does a city speak?” This provocative question – posed by Saskia Sassen (pictured above) – opened the recent Mobilities in Cities: From Visible to Invisible conference at Columbia University. It’s hard to deny that a city has life, but does it live and communicate? Sassen has explored these ideas before: the juxtaposition of technology – ephemeral, artificial, …

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Tips for Effective (Transportation) Blogging

Begin with your most important point. Use short sentences and clear, non-jargony language. Remember your end goal. These were among the tips BeyondDC creator and Greater Greater Washington (GGW) blogger Dan Malouff (above left, with Paul Mackie) imparted at this week’s Lunch at the Lab. Malouff discussed effective blogging and how to get published by websites …

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5 Ways DC Metro Beats NYC Subway

New York City’s Subway system, run by the city’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), is the largest rapid transit system in the United States. With service 24 hours per day and an extensive network of 421 stations, virtually all of Manhattan and most of the outer boroughs are within a quick walk of the system – …

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Redefining Uber: Why the Term Rideshare Doesn’t Fit

[By Paul Goddin for Mobility Lab, published on April 17, 2014] Uber and its ilk are cool and disruptive technologies, and our position at Mobility Lab is that additional transportation choices are always a good thing for consumers. But Uber’s habit of calling itself a “rideshare company” is getting out of hand. Neither Uber, Sidecar, nor …

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Capital Bikeshare is the Netflix of Transportation

[By Paul Goddin for Washington Post and Mobility Lab, published on April 16, 2014] When my Capital Bikeshare membership came up for renewal a month ago, it was a foregone conclusion that I would fork over my credit card for another year of what has become, for me, an indispensable service. First, a disclaimer: I don’t wear spandex …

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Virginia Senator Discusses Silver Line, Streetcar, Uber

A recent Salon article called Arlington the suburb of the future, and Virginia State Senator Barbara Favola (D) had a big hand in creating it. At Mobility Lab’s Lunch At the Lab this week, the 14-year veteran of the Arlington County Board discussed a wide array of transportation issues in Virginia, including the Silver Line, the …

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Bike Parking Overtakes Auto Parking in Some Places

At a recent tour of Kaiser Permanente Center for Total Health in Washington, D.C., Dr. Ted Eytan displayed a photograph of Kaiser Permanente’s Colorado Springs, Colorado medical office (see below), and asked: “In this picture, what’s the most toxic structure to humans?” You might guess the correct answer was the office building, or the carbon dioxide-emitting automobile. But …

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Seven Reasons to Let Your Child Walk or Bike to School

[By Paul Goddin for Mobility Lab, published on April 15, 2014] May 7 is Walk and Bike to School Day 2014 in Arlington, Virginia (and Bike to School Day nationally), but once a year isn’t the only time students can participate in these activities. Safe Routes to School (SRTS) is a national program designed to encourage walking and …

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