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Mobility Lab Research

How Capital Bikeshare Members Use System is Becoming Clearer

How Capital Bikeshare Members Use System is Becoming Clearer


April 21, 2015    Paul Mackie

Since Capital Bikeshare’s previous surveys in 2011 and 2012, members of the Washington D.C. region’s bikeshare program have grown a little older, become more widespread throughout the region (rather than simply being from the urban core), and become more prominently affluent white males. This latest survey (see the full survey and executive summary here) –… Read more »

Capital Bikeshare Member Survey, 2014


April 21, 2015    Stephen Crim

The 2014 Capital Bikeshare Member Survey is the third edition of a survey of members with the Washington region’s Capital Bikeshare system. With more than 350 stations across the District of Columbia, Arlington County (VA), the City of Alexandria (VA), and Montgomery County (MD) at  the time of writing, thousands of the region’s residents and… Read more »

Transportation Agencies: Focus Less on Telework

Transportation Agencies: Focus Less on Telework


November 24, 2014    Stephen Crim

When I first moved to Washington D.C., I shared an apartment with a graduate-school classmate and her husband. Every Wednesday, he would leave for his job and I would leave for mine, but she would stay behind, and start work by sitting down on the couch and remotely logging in to her office computer. There… Read more »

New Regional Study Details How Commuters Get To and From Arlington

New Regional Study Details How Commuters Get To and From Arlington


November 12, 2014    Stephen Crim

What proportion of commuters to and from Arlington regularly drive alone, bike, walk, take transit, carpool or vanpool, or telework? The high-level answer to that question is that, of the 131,300 employed Arlington residents, about 53.3 percent who commute from a home in Arlington usually drive alone, while about 55.3 percent of the 180,300 people… Read more »

External Research

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 »

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 »

Around the web

Wed 08Metro pulls some of its real-time app data, citing security concerns

The news: Three weeks after launching a real-time data feed and satisfying a commitment to app developers, Metro has pulled some of the data, citing security concerns. The DC MetroHero app’s take: Metro no longer publishes the location of non-passenger trains, a change made for “operational and security reasons,” but that snarls train-arrival...

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Wed 08Silver Spring Boasts ‘Sorriest Bus Stop in America’

The news: A Silver Spring bus stop has been voted the “Sorriest bus stop in America,” an honor that has prompted Montgomery County to explore possible improvements. Quote of the day:  “For a while we are still going to have plenty of bus stops that suffer from under investment.” Read...

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Wed 08Enough With The Helmetsplaining

Let’s get this out of the way first: I wear a bike helmet. I think everyone should wear a helmet, including car drivers and pedestrians, who both have a tendency to go through windshields and suffer severe head injuries when involved in a crash. But the only drivers I...

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Tue 07If Metrobus asked me to redesign its info brochures, I’d make them look like this

by Todd Fisk I’ve lived in DC and used Metrobus here for 14 years. I’m also a designer, and I have a few ideas about how to make the bus timetable brochures clearer for people using them to understand the system. Metrobus brochures could included a map like this...

Tue 07Less than perfect

Last week, sadly, two tragic deaths represented unfortunate, but predictable firsts in transportation. They are also reminders that despite the very real potential benefits of new technology, operating large metal objects at high speeds is an inherently dangerous activity, and public safety is best served by reducing people’s exposure...

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Thu 07Google’s robot cars recognize cyclists’ hand signals — better than most cyclists

Biking alongside manually driven cars can be a nightmare for both the biker and the driver. Bikers can be fast. They weave in and out of traffic and sometimes human drivers toe the line when deciding how much space to give them — and sometimes they don’t. But now,...