Making it Easy for Small Businesses to Offer Transit Benefits

It has been well documented that large companies offering transit benefits to their employees gain payroll tax savings, lower health-benefit costs, increased employee productivity, and better retention levels. But we seem to hear less about the advantages to small companies. Turns out, offering transit benefits is just as beneficial for small firms as it is …

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Behind the Scenes of Arlington’s Bike and Pedestrian Innovations

How do government leaders learn from one another? One example is the recent tour Arlington County leaders offered to representatives from multiple Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) districts to showcase the county’s best practices in pedestrian and bicycle engineering. VDOT engineers from as far away as Hampton Roads and Lynchburg, representing nearly all nine VDOT …

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As Driving Habits Change, Places That Cater to Millennials Thrive

An employment opportunity brought Matt Smith (above), a 30-year old business-development manager, to the Washington D.C. area from Shrewsbury, Pennsylvania in 2009. He chose to live in Arlington because of its urban feel and plethora of transportation options. “Arlington feels like D.C. to me, but it’s cleaner and greener,” said Smith, who works at goDCgo …

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Leaders in TDM Show a Healthy Mature Profession

If you want a list of innovators in the transportation demand management (TDM) industry, you need look no further than the officers and board of the Association for Commuter Transportation(ACT). ACT, the international commuter transportation and TDM advocacy organization, recently elected officers and at-large directors for 2015. The electees are a “who’s-who” of TDM practitioners. Jason …

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New Shared-Space Residential Project Made Possible by Tech, Transit

A new shared-space residential project by Vornado and WeWork, approved in July by the county board, will be Arlington, Virginia’s first micro-unit project, and could be priced affordably. The Crystal City project will be a temporary revamp of the vacant Crystal Plaza 6 office building at 2221 South Clark Street, which is scheduled to be redeveloped by 2050. In the …

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Why Arlington (and Every Place) Needs More Protected Bike Lanes

Chris Eatough, a former professional biker and the director of BikeArlington, envisions an Arlington County where there are more bikes than cars. In order to get there, says Eatough, the county needs to create a connected network of protected bike lanes. Eatough has spent the last five years helping to guide the county’s transformation into …

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Ballston and the Silver Line: A Big Opportunity

In the video that follows, produced by me and Mobility Lab's Editor Paul Mackie, Ballston Business Improvement District CEO Tina Leone says, “We see the Silver Line as making Ballston the center of the universe. It makes everything even better here. We already have a very active Metro stop, with 26,000 trips per day. We see …

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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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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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How Arlington Plans to Invest in Transportation Future

More people are moving throughout Arlington County, Virginia without additional automobile congestion. Over the past 15 years, Arlington’s arterial roads have had less traffic, while transit usage during the same period of time has increased 34.5 percent. As transit service has grown, customer satisfaction has increased, especially on the county’s ART buses. These statistics were …

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