A First Look at Arlington’s New Bike-Ped Safety Messaging

[By Paul Goddin for Mobility Lab] Arlington hasn't unveiled its new PAL marketing campaign yet, but Mobility Lab received a preview of it. Soon to show up on ART buses, in Arlington Metro stations, and local newspapers, the new series of ads are colorful and friendly in their gentle and light-hearted admonition for drivers, pedestrians, …

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Arlington County First in Nation with Program to Ease Public-School Staff Commutes

[By Paul Goddin for Mobility Lab] The only transportation demand management (TDM) program for public school faculty and staff in the U.S. has been created in Arlington County, Virginia. The program, called “ATP Schools,” is being administered by Arlington Transportation Partners (ATP), the employer-outreach arm of Arlington County Commuter Services. Funded by a grant from …

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Making it Easy for Small Businesses to Offer Transit Benefits

[By Paul Goddin for Mobility Lab] 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 …

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The Federal Government is Making Your Commute Worse

[By Paul Goddin for Mobility Lab] There are a lot of reasons to be frustrated with the gridlocked federal government, but when it comes to transportation, this headline probably hits home the hardest. And it is the primary claim of a report released today, Subsidizing Congestion, by TransitCenter and The Frontier Group, that describes the …

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Arlington, Virginia’s decision to locate the Orange Line underneath Wilson Boulevard (instead of the easier and cheaper location adjacent to I-66, chosen by its northern Virginia neighbors) allowed for creation of the “urban villages” that are the hallmark of the County today.

County Bureau Gets Creative Moving People Instead of Cars

[By Paul Goddin for Mobility Lab, published on June 4, 2014] Arlington County Commuter Services (ACCS) looks and operates more like a start-up tech company than a government agency. The transportation demand management (TDM) arm of the Virginia county has an energy one might not normally expect in a government office. Busily decorated with site plan documents pinned to …

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TDM 101

[By Paul Goddin for Mobility Lab] “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 …

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