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
Should Uber Get Special Treatment? A Look at Sharing-Economy Rules
Millennials and City Dwellers Have Nearly Identical Transportation Preferences Millennials and City Dwellers Have Nearly Identical Transportation Preferences
Millennials and City Dwellers Have Nearly Identical Transportation Preferences
Millennials and City Dwellers Have Nearly Identical Transportation Preferences
Uber, Lyft Have Opportunity to Complement Local Transit Networks Uber, Lyft Have Opportunity to Complement Local Transit Networks
Uber, Lyft Have Opportunity to Complement Local Transit Networks
Uber, Lyft Have Opportunity to Complement Local Transit Networks
D.C., S.F., Austin Among Top-Ranked Cities for Technology-Enabled Transportation D.C., S.F., Austin Among Top-Ranked Cities for Technology-Enabled Transportation
D.C., S.F., Austin Among Top-Ranked Cities for Technology-Enabled Transportation
D.C., S.F., Austin Among Top-Ranked Cities for Technology-Enabled Transportation
Providing a Leg Up to Low-Income Americans with Rideshare, Carshare, and Bikeshare Providing a Leg Up to Low-Income Americans with Rideshare, Carshare, and Bikeshare
Providing a Leg Up to Low-Income Americans with Rideshare, Carshare, and Bikeshare
Providing a Leg Up to Low-Income Americans with Rideshare, Carshare, and Bikeshare
TransitScreen Looks to Keep Up With Fast-Changing Transportation Landscape TransitScreen Looks to Keep Up With Fast-Changing Transportation Landscape
TransitScreen Looks to Keep Up With Fast-Changing Transportation Landscape
TransitScreen Looks to Keep Up With Fast-Changing Transportation Landscape

How is TDM changing transportation choices in Arlington County and beyond?

Mobility Lab is a think tank located in Arlington County, Virginia, communicating research findings based on our real, daily work within a metropolitan region-wide the Arlington County government. Our original research supports the case for how and why transportation demand management improves communities, employing examples from Arlington’s ongoing “living laboratory.”

Our team works in-house with innovative transportation demand management partners like BikeArlington, WalkArlington, Capital Bikeshare, Arlington Transportation Partners, goDCgo, The Commuter Stores®, and many others in the region.

Popular Research Stories

How Capital Bikeshare Members Use System is Becoming Clearer

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.

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New Regional Study Details How Commuters Get To and From Arlington

What proportion of commuters to and from Arlington regularly drive alone, bike, walk, take transit, carpool or vanpool, or telework?

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Recent 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 »

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 »

Gridlock Is Not Just for D.C. Politics

Gridlock Is Not Just for D.C. Politics


May 12, 2015    Paul Goddin

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., number two on the list, proves once again that the term “gridlock” doesn’t just apply to the city’s politics. NerdWallet gave Washington poor scores because,… Read more »

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

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


May 11, 2015    Paul Goddin

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 »

Is China Considering a Divorce From Its Car Culture?

Is China Considering a Divorce From Its Car Culture?


May 1, 2015    Paul Goddin

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 – air pollution, urban sprawl, obesity, and traffic congestion, to name a few. It is not just the U.S. that is contemplating a car “divorce.”… Read more »

Millennials and City Dwellers Have Nearly Identical Transportation Preferences

Millennials and City Dwellers Have Nearly Identical Transportation Preferences


April 23, 2015    Paul Goddin

If you were born after 1980, you’re a Millennial. But if you live in an urban area, you probably think like one, regardless of your age. That is the takeaway from the fifth annual survey of Millennials from Zipcar. Released this month, Zipcar’s report confirms something many of us have expected for quite a while:… Read more »

For Earth Day, Accountability for Transportation Agencies May Begin with Environmental Messages

For Earth Day, Accountability for Transportation Agencies May Begin with Environmental Messages


April 1, 2015    Lloyd Brown

As Earth Day approaches on April 22, it’s worth considering how well state departments of transportation talk about their environmental responsibilities. A new report by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Center for Excellence in the Environment, Benefits of Transportation: Telling America’s Transportation and Environment Story (full disclosure: I work for AASHTO… Read more »

Uber, Lyft Have Opportunity to Complement Local Transit Networks

Uber, Lyft Have Opportunity to Complement Local Transit Networks


March 27, 2015    Chris Plano

We hear a lot about how Uber and Lyft are impacting traditional taxis, but what of their potential impact on public transit? Tech-enabled ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft already appear to be acting as a complement to public transit. Uber analyzed its Los Angeles trip data to in this light. Over the course of… Read more »

2 Main Reasons D.C. Transit Ridership is Decreasing

2 Main Reasons D.C. Transit Ridership is Decreasing


March 26, 2015    Paul Goddin

This article was also published at Greater Greater Washington. Americans took a record 10.75 billion trips on public transportation in 2014, according to annual ridership statistics released this month by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA). This is up from 10.65 billion trips in 2013, with the number of trips outpacing population growth. In a year… Read more »

Major U.S. DOT Study Emphasizes Need for More Transit, Biking, Walking

Major U.S. DOT Study Emphasizes Need for More Transit, Biking, Walking


February 20, 2015    Paul Goddin

Transit, bicycling, and pedestrian programs will be increasingly important in order to meet the country’s future transportation needs. That’s one conclusion that can be drawn from a new report by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) called Beyond Traffic. The report, currently still in draft form, is the Obama administration’s 30-year framework of our transportation… Read more »

Recent Research Studies

Arlington County, Virginia created Mobility Lab to help communicate its original TDM research, and that of our close partners.
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 »

Business Leaders Network to Make Transportation Easier in Arlington

Business Leaders Network to Make Transportation Easier in Arlington


April 21, 2015    Paul Goddin

“One of the biggest benefits of being part of this program is learning what other companies are doing,” says Christine Ng of Environ, a science and technology consultancy that is one of hundreds of businesses served by Arlington Transportation Partners. Her compliment of ATP is captured in one of a series of videos shot at… Read more »

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 »

Seemingly Little Things Make D.C. Transit Too Difficult

Seemingly Little Things Make D.C. Transit Too Difficult


March 24, 2015    Monique Wahba

I recently flew down to Washington D.C. to attend a friend’s wedding in Rockville, Maryland. With trains, planes, and automobiles involved, surely, I thought, there would be something to write about. My flights were thankfully uneventful. With nothing more than a carry-on, electronic check-in at Albany International Airport was a breeze. The machines were easy… Read more »

Four Ways to Inspire Bike Riders in Your Small Community

Four Ways to Inspire Bike Riders in Your Small Community


March 19, 2015    Elizabeth Denton

This is based on an article originally published by Arlington Transportation Partners. Because of its small geographic size as the fourth-smallest county in the U.S., Arlington County, Virginia is a good example of how small communities and towns can make it easy for people to choose bicycling as a commuting option. Here are four tips… Read more »

Making an Impact

Annual reports from Arlington County Commuter Services

ACCS Making an Impact FY2013


August 30, 2013    Stephen Crim

By making it easier for people to switch from driving alone to taking transit, walking, biking, carpooling and vanpooling, Arlington County Commuter Services (ACCS) reduced traffic in Arlington by about 41,100 vehicle trips on the average workday in FY13, saving 30,200 gallons of gasoline and reducing CO2 emissions by 682,267 lbs. Here, we present highlights… Read more »

ACCS Making an Impact FY2012


August 10, 2012    Stephen Crim

On the average workday in FY 2012, Arlington County Commuter Services (ACCS) reduced traffic in Arlington by about 44,000 trips by helping people switch from driving alone to taking transit, carpooling, vanpooling, walking, or biking. Eliminating these trips also eliminates over 757,400 miles of travel each business day, which means a savings of about 31,500… Read more »

ACCS Making an Impact FY2011


August 15, 2011    MobilityLabTeam

SUMMARY OF COMMUNITY BENEFITS On the average workday in FY 2011, Arlington County Commuter Services (ACCS) reduced traffic in Arlington by about 40,100 trips by helping people switch from driving alone to taking transit, carpooling, vanpooling, walking, or biking. Considering that the average lane of interstate highway carries approximately 4,000 – 6,000 vehicles in the… Read more »

ACCS Making an Impact FY2010


July 15, 2010    ACCS Research Team

SUMMARY OF COMMUNITY BENEFITS On the average workday in FY 2010, Arlington County Commuter Services (ACCS) reduced traffic in Arlington by 39,600 trips by helping people switch from driving alone to taking transit, carpooling, vanpooling, walking, or biking. Considering that the average lane of interstate highway carries approximately 4,000 – 6,000 vehicles in the rush… Read more »

ACCS Making an Impact FY2009


August 15, 2009    MobilityLabTeam

RESEARCH The ACCS Making An Impact report for 2009 documents that each day ACCS eliminates nearly 39,000 vehicles trips, over 625,000,000 vehicles miles of travel, 26,000 gallons of fuel and 565,000 pounds of CO2. To visualize the daily impact on traffic of removing 39,000 vehicle trips  consider that I-395 and I-66 carry approximately 37,000 vehicles… Read more »

ACCS Making an Impact FY2008


August 15, 2008    MobilityLabTeam

In FY 2008, Arlington County Commuter Services (ACCS) eliminated 38,000 daily vehicle trips in the County by helping people shift from driving alone to transit, carpooling, vanpooling, walking, bicycling, or teleworking. To visualize 38,000 vehicles, consider that I-395 and I-66 carry a combined total of 37,000 passenger vehicles in eight inbound lanes during the three hour morning rush period. This… Read more »

2005 Arlington County Commuter Services (ACCS) Fiscal Year Annual Report


August 15, 2005    MobilityLabTeam

This report outlines ACCS’s FY2005 programs and accomplishments. Details are provided on programs designed to increase awareness and use of alternative forms of transportation in Arlington County through its various divisions:  Marketing, Sales, Distribution, Retail, Internet, and Transit Demand Management Planning/Administration. The Sales Division employs Arlington Transportation Partners (ATP), which is responsible for employer, residential,… Read more »

Transportation Cost-Savings Calculator

The Transportation Cost-Savings Calculator project is designed to monetize a range of benefits in terms that are understandable and compelling to policy makers. In an era of constrained funding, it is critical that the TDM industry effectively communicates the value of these investments.

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 »

Business Leaders Network to Make Transportation Easier in Arlington

Business Leaders Network to Make Transportation Easier in Arlington


April 21, 2015    Paul Goddin

“One of the biggest benefits of being part of this program is learning what other companies are doing,” says Christine Ng of Environ, a science and technology consultancy that is one of hundreds of businesses served by Arlington Transportation Partners. Her compliment of ATP is captured in one of a series of videos shot at… Read more »

Cities Must Understand Bikeshare Is Transit

Cities Must Understand Bikeshare Is Transit


April 17, 2015    Chris Hamilton

Bikeshare systems either have to make it on their own or be subsidized like the rest of the transportation system. This difference of opinion within the bikeshare industry was recently brought to light by an article at NextCity.org entitled San Antonio Bikeshare Threatens to Close Without Major Sponsor. But it isn’t such a black or white… Read more »

The Who, What, When, Where, Whys of CarFreeAtoZ

The Who, What, When, Where, Whys of CarFreeAtoZ


November 7, 2014    David Emory

As part of its Transit Tech Initiative, Arlington County is beta launching CarFreeAtoZ, an online resource for travelers in Arlington and the greater Washington region. What is CarFreeAtoZ? It’s the Washington D.C. region’s first multi-modal trip planning and comparison tool. Bike to metro to walk on your way to work? Sick of driving your car… Read more »

Transit Use = Healthy Employees, Businesses in Arlington

Transit Use = Healthy Employees, Businesses in Arlington


September 23, 2014    Keara Mehlert

This article is adapted from the Arlington Transportation Partners blog. Last week’s Greater Washington’s Healthiest Employers Awards and Workplace Wellness Expo, hosted by the Washington Business Journal and United Healthcare, recognized 50 companies in the D.C. region. And it is notable that four out of the five “healthiest employers” finalists from Arlington County are also Arlington… Read more »

Businesses Can Play Key Role in Boosting Public Transportation Ridership

Businesses Can Play Key Role in Boosting Public Transportation Ridership


September 18, 2014    Wendy Duren

People who are offered transit benefits from an employer use them. At Arlington Transportation Partners, we spend a lot of time building relationships with Arlington County, Virginia employers, educating them about the many transportation benefits they could be offering. Do they have a Capital Bikeshare station across the street from their office? We pitch Capital… Read more »

Why Streetcars Aren’t a Waste of Money

Why Streetcars Aren’t a Waste of Money


August 12, 2014    Brandon G. Donnelly

This article was originally published at Architect This City. Last weekend a friend of mine sent me an article from The Economist talking about why trams, streetcars, and light rail are a waste of money. The argument is basically that steetcars are expensive, less efficient, and that — despite North America’s renewed interest in them —… Read more »

Ballston and the Silver Line: A Big Opportunity

Ballston and the Silver Line: A Big Opportunity


July 24, 2014    Paul Mackie

The new Silver Line connects the economically-crucial Dulles Corridor in Northern Virginia with the rest of the region by Metrorail. With Phase I complete, a rider can reach five new stations leading out to Reston, Virginia. One stop before the Silver Line branches off from the Orange Line to the five new stops is the… Read more »

Bike-Walk Funding Facing Bumpy Road, Secretary Foxx Says

Bike-Walk Funding Facing Bumpy Road, Secretary Foxx Says


July 21, 2014    Paul Mackie

Bicycling is an important part of the U.S. transportation ecosystem of the future. That was the message U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx offered today as part of a National Press Club speech on the many transportation challenges faced by our partisan-gridlocked country. “True confession: I have been trying for an entire year to figure out… Read more »

Elly Blue Works to Build Economic Equality for Bicycling Movement

Elly Blue Works to Build Economic Equality for Bicycling Movement


June 25, 2014    Meredith Cockerham

Elly Blue and her team of bike activists – which include a cook and the founder of Microcosm Publishing Joe Biel – recently visited the Washington D.C. area and, with support from BikeArlington, held an evening gathering at Mobility Lab. Blue, an independent publisher, has written a series of books on the societal benefits of biking…. Read more »

Bikes Are Not a Sign of Poverty, They Are a Great Equalizer

Bikes Are Not a Sign of Poverty, They Are a Great Equalizer


June 17, 2014    Meredith Cockerham

In the documentary Urbanized, the former mayor of Bogota, Enrique Penalosa, speaks about how his focus on bike use has had an impact on the social hierarchy in the city (he also does so in the short Streetfilms video above). The introduction of bike paths in the Colombian capital opened up opportunities for people of all… Read more »

Amtrak’s Impact on Northeast Economy Detailed in New Report

Amtrak’s Impact on Northeast Economy Detailed in New Report


May 21, 2014    Blair Hammond

This is an excerpt of an article originally published at Amtrak’s blog. Amtrak owns and maintains 80 percent of the Northeast Corridor’s mainline, which is used by 710,000 rail commuters and 40,000 Amtrak riders daily. A new report shows what an incredible impact the mainline has on the American economy. The Northeast Corridor Infrastructure and Operations… Read more »