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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Gamification, Technology, and Improving Transit Rider Satisfaction

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 power of information – was shown to be a …

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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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Overheard on Transit: 30 Days of Eavesdropping

Riding the bus, train, or metro isn’t exactly a communal experience but, unlike driving, isn’t a solitary one either. Even if you’re commuting alone, you’re never really alone. Overheard conversations by one’s fellow passengers can be one of the mildly voyeuristic satisfactions of public transit. A snippet of conversation is a brief glimpse into another …

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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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Location, Location, Location… So Long as that Location is Near Transit

[By Paul Goddin for Mobility Lab, published on April 3, 2013] We’re all familiar with the saying that the three most important factors in real estate are “location, location, location.” This rule no longer just refers to the importance of quality schools and neighborhood amenities in close proximity to residential properties. A new study by the American Public …

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London Shows that Every City Could Use an Olympics

[By Paul Goddin for Mobility Lab, published on March 5, 2013] The Summer Olympics serve as a chance for host cities to showcase their architectural prowess. Who can forget the fabulous flyover views in 2008 of Beijing’s Bird’s Nest stadium? But now nearly five years later, the Bird’s Nest remains largely vacant, and its future unclear. …

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