Transportation Costs Not Considered Enough in Housing Decisions

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 one seems too eager to talk about affordable housing. Mobility …

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

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 will be a national chain of Mobility Labs …

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

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, and RidePost are changing the way Washingtonians get …

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TDM 101: An Intro to Mobility Management

“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 change what you covet. …

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

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 solve transportation problems. The George Mason School of Public Policy hosted the event for students and young professionals …

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

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 Permanente’s just-launched application programming interface (API) program called Interchange℠. …

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

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 20-year plan to make it the “healthiest, greenest, most …

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The Fine Line Between Ridesharing and Taxi Cabs

This morning, Facebook, ever knowledgeable about users interests and preferences, recommended an app to me called SideCar. Clicking the SideCar link resulted in an application page soliciting users to join its fleet of drivers with the pitch, “You drive every day. Why not get paid for it?” SideCar is a smartphone-enabled, instant-match ride-sharing service, and …

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

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 Transportation Association (APTA), in partnership with the National …

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“War Against D.C. Drivers” is Much Ado About Nothing

A recent headline in Washington D.C.’s Examiner newspaper raged, “D.C. Waging War Against Drivers.” It cited the District’s Sustainable DC plan, released February 20 by Mayor Vincent Gray, as an example of how this “war” starts at the top. While the Examiner’s headline (below) was full of sound and fury, the article’s content was, in the …

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