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Paul Goddin

Paul Goddin

Paul is Mobility Lab's urban-affairs and transportation-research reporter. He tells stories about Arlington's innovations in public transportation and under-reported research news.

Businesses Moving to Where the Public Transportation Is – Downtown

[quote_right][feature_box title=”TDM TAKEAWAY” title_color=”fff” header_color=”369″]The pattern of office relocations is making it easier for people to reconsider the commuting possibilities.[/feature_box][/quote_right] 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… Read more »

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Slow Down! And Four Other Ways to Make People Love Cyclists

[quote_right][feature_box title=”TDM TAKEAWAY” title_color=”fff” header_color=”369″]As cycling becomes more mainstream, the image of cyclists is changing as well. We need to promote this new and better image.[/feature_box][/quote_right] Just as there are two Americas, there are two types of cyclists. First, there are the Cyclists with a capital “C,” clad in Lycra and obsessed with speed. These… Read more »

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

[quote_right][feature_box title=”TDM TAKEAWAY” title_color=”fff” header_color=”369″]People may have incentive to take public transportation now that they have access to better information about the true costs of car ownership.[/feature_box][/quote_right] 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… Read more »

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

[quote_right][feature_box title=”TDM TAKEAWAY” title_color=”fff” header_color=”369″]Confusion on regulations for startups is making it tricky for cities and states to innovate with public transportation.[/feature_box][/quote_right] 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… Read more »

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

[quote_right][feature_box title=”TDM TAKEAWAY” title_color=”fff” header_color=”369″]The right kind of safety messaging can set a transit agency apart from the competition – and encourage active transportation.[/feature_box][/quote_right] 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… Read more »

Corrals Aim to Make Bikeshare Customers Even Happier

[quote_right][feature_box title=”TDM TAKEAWAY” title_color=”fff” header_color=”369″]As bikeshare programs become more popular, they also must work more efficiently to satisfy customer demand and satisfaction.[/feature_box][/quote_right] 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… Read more »

Gridlock Is Not Just for D.C. Politics

[quote_right][feature_box title=”TDM TAKEAWAY” title_color=”fff” header_color=”369″]Cities that work hard to publicize their transit options can do a lot to relief stress and congestion for all commuters.[/feature_box][/quote_right] File this one under “lists you don’t want to appear on.” Consumer finance website NerdWallet has released a list of the top 10 Worst Cities for Car Drivers. Washington D.C.,… Read more »

More Bikeshare Stations is a Good Thing, But It’s Important to Be Realistic

A new study from the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) says people use bikeshare more when a given area has more stations. But the study makes a density recommendation that’s going to be hard to ever meet, and not everyone agrees it’s a good idea in the first place. NACTO’s report, released April… Read more »

Arlington Incubates Its Latest Transit-Tech Project

[quote_right][feature_box title=”TDM TAKEAWAY” title_color=”fff” header_color=”369″]Arlington County’s incubation of transit-tech projects like Conveyal’s CarFreeAtoZ is one way the county seeks to improve the lives of its commuters.[/feature_box][/quote_right] 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… Read more »

Is China Considering a Divorce From Its Car Culture?

[quote_right][feature_box title=”TDM TAKEAWAY” title_color=”fff” header_color=”369″]Like in U.S. cities, research shows there is an opportunity to introduce new transportation ideas and options in Chinese mega-cities.[/feature_box][/quote_right] If the 20th Century was the era of America’s honeymoon with the car, the 21st has given way to the reluctant realization that this suitor has come with some baggage –… Read more »