To the Rockies and back without a car To the Rockies and back without a car
To the Rockies and back without a car
To the Rockies and back without a car
If Metrobus asked me to redesign its info brochures, I’d make them look like this If Metrobus asked me to redesign its info brochures, I’d make them look like this
If Metrobus asked me to redesign its info brochures, I'd make them look like this
If Metrobus asked me to redesign its info brochures, I’d make them look like this
Google’s robot cars recognize cyclists’ hand signals — better than most cyclists Google’s robot cars recognize cyclists’ hand signals — better than most cyclists
Google's robot cars recognize cyclists' hand signals — better than most cyclists
Google’s robot cars recognize cyclists’ hand signals — better than most cyclists
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
National Academies Find That Open Data is a No-Brainer for Transit Agencies

About Transit Tech

Making use of multiple transportation modes, especially transit, requires planning and good information. With the widespread adoption of smartphones, which nearly two-thirds of all Americans now use, it’s easier for people to access new transportation services and information.

Thanks to the increasingly wide range of options available in places like Washington, D.C., New York City, Chicago, and Los Angeles, a trip to work and social activities can combine walking, biking, driving, ridesharing, and transit. A growing consensus surrounding connectivity and data transparency is leading cities and agencies to prioritize real-time information, allowing riders to know more than ever about their options.

Mobility Lab and Arlington County have sought to support the development of better technology-enabled transportation systems through events like our annual TransportationCamp, monthly Transportation Techies group, and tech partnerships like CarFreeAtoZ, TransitScreen, Transit Near Me, and others. With multiple kinds of regional engagement, these events and projects help individuals, businesses, and communities incorporate smarter transportation choices into daily life.

Popular Tech Stories

Washington Post Helps Trumpet How Open Data Improves Our Transit Options

Being able to boast online about your bikeshare mileage. A tracking app that saves transit agencies money. A way to catch the train to the baseball game at just the right time.

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TransportationCamps Infuse New Thinking into Industry

This fall and winter will be a busy season for TransportationCamps in the United States, with three currently planned through January and an additional four in various planning stages for Miami, Boston, Houston, and Kansas City.

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“Bus Bunching” Being Solved in D.C. Thanks to Low-Cost Technology

Bus bunching is one of the biggest problems that city transportation networks face.

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Applications Culitivated by Mobility Lab

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CaBi Station Crowdsourcing

Enables public participation in planning a network of preferred station locations.

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Real-Time Transit Screens

Monitor status of custom-selected stations for rail, bus, and bikeshare.

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CaBi Range

The map shows all the stations you can bike to in 30 minutes or less.

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Transit Near Me

Discover bus and rail lines near your home or office.

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Side-by-Side Router

Compare routes for driving, walking, biking, and transit

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Car Free Near Me

A mapping program currently in beta by Arlington County Commuter Services.
It allows anyone to insert an address anywhere in the Washington D.C. region to view their travel options, see real-time arrivals, and check for service advisories with various transit agencies.

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Metro Places

This tool that helps find goods and services within a critical distance of any given Metro station. 

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Trip Visualizer

Tool for studying trip-history data for bikeshare systems and Metro.

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Stat Mapper

Display heat maps for bike accidents and bike counts.

Recent Technology News

To the Rockies and back without a car

To the Rockies and back without a car


February 6, 2017    Dwight Martino

A mother-and-son adventure in pursuit of a low-cost skiing vacation It started innocently enough: my teenage son begged for a ski trip to the Colorado mountains. His frugal mom decided to teach him how to save a few hundred bucks so he might be able to indulge his passion when on a college student’s budget…. Read more »

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


August 10, 2016    From Around the Web

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 data for developers, who say they… Read more »

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

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


July 19, 2016    From Around the Web

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 to give riders a sense of… Read more »

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

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


July 7, 2016    From Around the Web

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, thanks to Google’s many in-house bikers,… Read more »

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


June 19, 2015    Carol Schweiger

While transit agencies have long been measuring their performance based on the data they keep, a new world of “open data” is providing the opportunity for anyone to analyze and visualize performance in ways that have almost never been possible. The National Academies – which advises Congress on science, engineering, and medicine – has now… Read more »

New App Connects Coworkers to Ride Together

New App Connects Coworkers to Ride Together


June 18, 2015    Amy Eagleburger

Commuters who regularly endure traffic jams and long travel times to work sometimes consider carpooling as an alternative, but it’s not always simple to find people to share a ride. A new app called Ride aims to change all that. Launched in April, Ride hopes to connect coworkers who have similar routes to work – reducing… 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 »

Uber, Lyft Get a Carpool Competitor in D.C.

Uber, Lyft Get a Carpool Competitor in D.C.


May 22, 2015    Jonathan Bollhoefer

Boston-based Bridj recently launched limited service between Capitol Hill and Dupont Circle in Washington D.C. to help fill a niche not being targeted by buses. Another company, Split, launched just a couple days ago and is similar to Uber and Lyft in that you order a car to your location to taxi you to your destination. The… 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 »

Transportation Agencies: Open Your Data Now

Transportation Agencies: Open Your Data Now


May 19, 2015    Chris Hamilton

An important tactic for transportation agencies to balance traveler demand on roads and transit is to give people the tools and information they need to make smart choices about how they get around. One such tool is rideshare matching – providing commuters with potential carpool or vanpool matches based on origin, destination, and time of… 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 »