National Academies Find That Open Data is a No-Brainer for Transit Agencies National Academies Find That Open Data is a No-Brainer for Transit Agencies
National Academies Find That Open Data is a No-Brainer for Transit Agencies
Should Uber Get Special Treatment? A Look at Sharing-Economy Rules Should Uber Get Special Treatment? A Look at Sharing-Economy Rules
Should Uber Get Special Treatment? A Look at Sharing-Economy Rules
A Playbook for Persuading People to Use Public Transportation A Playbook for Persuading People to Use Public Transportation
A Playbook for Persuading People to Use Public Transportation
Transit Agencies Need Online Savvy to Influence Politics Transit Agencies Need Online Savvy to Influence Politics
Transit Agencies Need Online Savvy to Influence Politics
Carsharing is Great Even for Car Owners Carsharing is Great Even for Car Owners
Carsharing is Great Even for Car Owners

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Research Commentary

Businesses Moving to Where the Public Transportation Is – Downtown

Businesses Moving to Where the Public Transportation Is – Downtown


June 24, 2015    Paul Goddin

The deciding factor in Panasonic’s move of its North American headquarters from Secaucus, New Jersey to Newark was public transportation, according to Jim Reilly, vice president of corporate communications. The company relocated from a large corporate campus with lots of green space to an amenity-rich downtown location. Reilly said his company’s relocation has been “transformative”… Read more »

Living in the Heart of D.C. May Actually Be Cheaper Than Living in the Outer Suburbs

Living in the Heart of D.C. May Actually Be Cheaper Than Living in the Outer Suburbs


June 17, 2015    Paul Goddin

The conventional wisdom is that living in the city is much more expensive than living outside of it. Taxes, entertainment, and groceries all add up to a slightly higher cost of living in the city. Housing, though, is the expense that tips the scales decidedly in favor of the suburbs. Or does it? With car… Read more »

Film Festival Helps Build Roanoke Bike Culture

Film Festival Helps Build Roanoke Bike Culture


June 16, 2015    Jeremy Holmes

RIDE Solutions in Roanoke, Virginia has a long history of working with the local arts and culture scene to reduce traffic in the region. We have worked with: the Roanoke Arts Commission on: an art bike rack, a bicycle-based tour of public art installations, and a program called Art by Bus the independent Roanoke Arts… Read more »

Should Uber Get Special Treatment? A Look at Sharing-Economy Rules

Should Uber Get Special Treatment? A Look at Sharing-Economy Rules


June 10, 2015    Paul Goddin

Sharing-economy companies like Uber, Lyft, and AirBnB continue to disrupt industries as they create services that are incredibly appealing to consumers. Whatever your opinion on these companies, the decision regarding if, and how much, they should be regulated is important. It will help determine the speed of technological innovation in the U.S. and the direction… Read more »

Transit Agencies Need Online Savvy to Influence Politics

Transit Agencies Need Online Savvy to Influence Politics


June 2, 2015    Paul Mackie

Surveying and research modeling for transit ballot measures typically happens in the final crunch before elections. But Scott Wilkinson, founder of AlphaVu, makes a compelling case for transit agencies and transportation strategists to stay focused on how people are talking about them 365 days a year. “In transit, we’re feeling gun-shy. We’re used to people… Read more »

Peace and Love – Not Scare Mongering – Makes Better Bike-Ped-Car Messaging

Peace and Love – Not Scare Mongering – Makes Better Bike-Ped-Car Messaging


May 20, 2015    Paul Goddin

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 in local newspapers, the new series of ads are colorful and friendly in their gentle and light-hearted admonition for drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists to show each… Read more »

How Transit Agencies Can Manage the “Blizzard” of Negativity on Twitter

How Transit Agencies Can Manage the “Blizzard” of Negativity on Twitter


May 20, 2015    Janna Starcic

Agencies that use Twitter to respond to users’ complaints or answer questions get more positive Twitter reaction and more civil discourse online, according to Lisa Schweitzer, the author of a recent award-winning study analyzing tweets of public transit agencies. “It’s about the marketing potential of social media — a lot of public transit agencies are… Read more »

Corrals Aim to Make Bikeshare Customers Even Happier

Corrals Aim to Make Bikeshare Customers Even Happier


May 15, 2015    Paul Goddin

We already know that an overwhelming amount of Capital Bikeshare members are really happy to have this cost-saving, healthy, non-polluting, and auto-traffic-alleviating transportation option available in the Washington D.C. region. Now there’s yet another reason for them to love the system. “You’re corralled,” Nate Graham tells a Capital Bikeshare rider pulling up into a roped-off… Read more »

Research Studies

Film Festival Helps Build Roanoke Bike Culture

Film Festival Helps Build Roanoke Bike Culture


June 16, 2015    Jeremy Holmes

RIDE Solutions in Roanoke, Virginia has a long history of working with the local arts and culture scene to reduce traffic in the region. We have worked with: the Roanoke Arts Commission on: an art bike rack, a bicycle-based tour of public art installations, and a program called Art by Bus the independent Roanoke Arts… Read more »

Peace and Love – Not Scare Mongering – Makes Better Bike-Ped-Car Messaging

Peace and Love – Not Scare Mongering – Makes Better Bike-Ped-Car Messaging


May 20, 2015    Paul Goddin

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 in local newspapers, the new series of ads are colorful and friendly in their gentle and light-hearted admonition for drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists to show each… Read more »

How Transit Agencies Can Manage the “Blizzard” of Negativity on Twitter

How Transit Agencies Can Manage the “Blizzard” of Negativity on Twitter


May 20, 2015    Janna Starcic

Agencies that use Twitter to respond to users’ complaints or answer questions get more positive Twitter reaction and more civil discourse online, according to Lisa Schweitzer, the author of a recent award-winning study analyzing tweets of public transit agencies. “It’s about the marketing potential of social media — a lot of public transit agencies are… Read more »

Corrals Aim to Make Bikeshare Customers Even Happier

Corrals Aim to Make Bikeshare Customers Even Happier


May 15, 2015    Paul Goddin

We already know that an overwhelming amount of Capital Bikeshare members are really happy to have this cost-saving, healthy, non-polluting, and auto-traffic-alleviating transportation option available in the Washington D.C. region. Now there’s yet another reason for them to love the system. “You’re corralled,” Nate Graham tells a Capital Bikeshare rider pulling up into a roped-off… Read more »

Bikeshare Opens Major Possibilities for People Who Use CarFreeAtoZ

Bikeshare Opens Major Possibilities for People Who Use CarFreeAtoZ


May 14, 2015    David Emory

One of the key strengths of bikeshare is how it effectively expands the transportation network for its users. It unlocks new travel options that might not otherwise be possible, even for people with their own bikes. Now that CarFreeAtoZ supports bikeshare as an option, we can begin to see this impact more clearly than ever…. Read more »

D.C. Region’s First Capital Bikeshare-to-Transit App Unveiled by Arlington County

D.C. Region’s First Capital Bikeshare-to-Transit App Unveiled by Arlington County


May 14, 2015    Trevor Gerhardt

Along with bike-to-transit and drive-to-transit, people traveling throughout the Washington D.C. region – for the first time – can now search for bikeshare-to-transit directions as part of their trip planning. To see if your commute would benefit from Capital Bikeshare, start by going to CarFreeAtoZ.com. Follow the guide to submit your home and work address… Read more »

Arlington Incubates Its Latest Transit-Tech Project

Arlington Incubates Its Latest Transit-Tech Project


May 6, 2015    Paul Goddin

It takes a certain amount of chutzpah to compete with the likes of Google, but that’s what a little start-up named Conveyal is doing. The firm creates digital tools to help transport authorities better communicate the wide array of available mobility options. Its new product is similar in functionality to Google Maps and the many… Read more »

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

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


April 22, 2015    Paul Goddin

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 Virginia’s Department of Rail and Public… Read more »