Ride Public Transportation, Find Love?

[By Paul Goddin for Mobility Lab] There seems to be quite a lot of flirting, or at least furtive glancing, taking place on public transportation. A new series of Metro ads celebrating the opening of the Silver Line suggests the new rail line to Reston might not only connect Washington D.C. residents with jobs and housing, but …

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Ballston and the Silver Line: A Big Opportunity

[Video produced by Paul Mackie and Paul Goddin. Article by Paul Mackie originally appearing in PlanItMetro] In the above video, produced by me and Mobility Lab 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 …

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5 Ways DC Metro Beats NYC Subway

[By Paul Goddin for Mobility Lab] 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 …

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Virginia Senator Discusses Silver Line, Streetcar, Uber

[By Paul Goddin for Mobility Lab] 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 …

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Gamification, Technology, and Improving Transit Rider Satisfaction

[By Paul Goddin for Mobility Lab, published on June 17, 2014] What’s the current state of the rider experience? Are transportation systems meeting the demands and expectations of the general public? These questions were posed to a panel of speakers at a plenary session of the Mobility Lab-sponsored Innovation in Public Policy Summit. Technology – in particular the …

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Columbia Pike Streetcar Would Bring Billions to Arlington and Fairfax

[By Paul Goddin for Mobility Lab, published on March 27, 2014] A new study commissioned by Arlington County shows that the Columbia Pike Streetcar would spur billions of dollars in revenue for Arlington and Fairfax counties. Between $3.2 billion and $4.4 billion in incremental benefits (over and above capital expenditures and operating costs) would be realized for the …

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ART Bus in Arlington Has Loyal, Diverse Ridership

[By Paul Goddin for Mobility Lab, published on December 18, 2013] Bus ridership is getting the respect it deserves. Or at least that is the case in Arlington County, Virginia according to a new report released today by Arlington County Commuter Services (ACCS). The report, titled Arlington Transit Ridership Study, contains the results of a survey of …

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