Posts from ACCS & Partner Blogs
Recent blog posts from these Arlington County Commuter Services programs: Arlington's Car-Free Diet, Arlington Transportation Partners, WalkArlington, BikeArlington, and Mobility Lab; and from Arlington Transit - ART.
- Recent Posts
- Mobility Lab Express #33 March 1, 2014
I attended the Shared-Use Mobility Summit in San Francisco last year and came away from it with a strong sense that the conversations happening there should continue. Mobility Lab Express #33 March 1, 2014
March 11, 2014, 4:44 PM Mobility Lab
- What If We Sold Transit Fares Like Cell-Phone Minutes?
How many cell-phone minutes do you pay for in a month? Or gigabytes of data? Are you on a family plan? Do you get a group discount from work? What does this even have to do with transit? If we think of a transit trip like we do a cell-phone minute (or megabyte) we start 
March 10, 2014, 4:13 PM Mobility Lab
- Spring Events to Kickstart Your Healthy Commute
It’s already March, daylight savings time has begun and the official start of spring is only a couple weeks away! Hopefully the DC region got all the snow out of its system, and we can really start thinking about warm weather and finally enjoying the outdoors. There are some great upcoming events that you can take advantage of to help incorporate physical activity into your workday, and now is a great time to start planning for them!
March 10, 2014, 9:46 AM ATP
- Snow Melts and Time Marches On
The time change means more of us will be out taking advantage of the longer days and warmer temperatures. For all of these reasons, now is the perfect time to remind everyone to share our streets safely, whether on two feet, two wheels or four wheels!
March 10, 2014, 9:30 AM WalkArlington
- Arlington's Orange Line Transit-Oriented Development, In Photos
On a recent frigid morning, Mobility Lab led a walking tour of Arlingtons famous Orange Line TOD Corridor from Clarendon to Rosslyn. We discussed Clarendons history and evolution, including its founding as a trolley development; and listened to some presentations at the County Building from the Countys Office of Planning and Transportation Department staff about 
March 7, 2014, 1:34 PM Mobility Lab
- An Open Data Standard Would Help Public Discover Bikesharing
Should the bikeshare industry adopt an open data standard? As bikesharing spreads to more cities, having a common method for accessing and analyzing data will become more important. We know that transit systems work best when agencies concentrate on their core mission. Transit agencies are not in the information technology business; all they should do 
March 6, 2014, 4:19 PM Mobility Lab
- D.C. Metrorail Improvements Outlined in Momentum Plan
Metro is the backbone of the Washington D.C. regions transportation system, without which our highways would freeze-up. It takes us to work, sporting events, museums and visits to our friends. Metro transformed our city and suburbs, supporting convenient, walkable neighborhoods. For too long, we let the system fall into a state of disrepair. Now, as 
March 5, 2014, 4:42 PM Mobility Lab
- Which Attributes Make a Community Successful?
This was a presentation I gave along with my colleagues from the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments at Mobility Lab in Arlington on February 27, 2014. It details what our Region Forward team is doing in regards to strengthening the economic vitality of 'activity centers' throughout the Washington D.C. region. This looks in particular at the 
March 5, 2014, 1:25 PM Mobility Lab
- Business Appears to Be Picking Up Near Capital Bikeshare Stations
New research suggests that companies located near Capital Bikeshare stations see an increase in business because of traffic from bikeshare riders. During the 2013 fall semester a group of urban-planning graduate students at Virginia Techs Alexandria campus investigated the economic impacts of bikesharing on local businesses. Together with myself and Andrea Hamre, the students used 
March 5, 2014, 10:55 AM Mobility Lab
- Bikeswell Details Arlingtons Vision as Best Biking City on East Coast
Arlington Countys commitment to biking is pretty huge. And for any other place in the country looking to enhance its bicycling infrastructure and encourage a healthier populace and more vibrant cityscape including attendees at the upcoming 2014 National Bike Summit on March 3-5 BikeArlingtons recent Bikeswell movie is a must-see. Beyond the movie, 
February 28, 2014, 4:15 PM Mobility Lab
- High-Speed Rail is a Key to U.S. Economic Competitiveness
High-speed rail (HSR) is gaining momentum in the United States, with many projects in various stages of planning. California's controversial and groundbreaking high-speed rail line, which will link San Francisco and Los Angeles, is expected to begin construction this summer. The ambitious California HSR line has prompted development of similar plans for the Midwest, New 
February 28, 2014, 1:02 PM Mobility Lab
- New Transportation Options on Table at Upcoming Innovation in Mobility Summit
I attended the Shared-Use Mobility Summit in San Francisco last year and came away from it with a strong sense that the conversations happening there should continue. At the time, no one knew that this inaugural event would spur such interest. Hundreds of people would be turned away due to the overwhelming response. The next 
February 28, 2014, 10:49 AM Mobility Lab
- Take the Pledge: Telework Week 2014
Next week, March 3-7, is Telework Week 2014! This global initiative is in its fourth year of encouraging individuals and their employers to telework and highlighting the benefits of working remotely. During last year’s campaign, nearly 140,000 people pledged to telework, taking nearly 12 million miles of driving off the road and saving commuters $12.3 million in travel costs.
February 25, 2014, 9:41 AM ATP
- Proposed Fare Increase for ART and STAR Zone 1
Arlington Transit is proposing to increase ART bus fares and the STAR Zone 1 fare. If approved, the fare increases would go into effect on Tuesday, July 1, 2014.
February 20, 2014, 9:00 AM ART
- Arlington BIDs Enhance Countys Transportation Centers
The neighborhoods of Crystal City, Ballston, and Rosslyn in particular have become top destinations in Arlington, not only because of their transit-rich locations, but also through the work of their Business Improvement Districts (BIDs). These organizations have been incredibly active over the last few years in transforming their local communities into vibrant and attractive areas to live, work, and play.
February 19, 2014, 9:19 AM ATP
- Bringing the Winter Games to Arlington on Skates, Snowboards, Sleds and Skis
Do you want to do more than watch the Olympics? Have the games inspired you to get out and try your skills? WalkArlington has some ideas on how you can bring the excitement of the winter Olympics to life right here in Arlington.
February 11, 2014, 11:00 AM WalkArlington
- New Year's Resolution Capital Bikeshare Discount
Arlington Transportation Partners is currently offering a discount for people interested in an annual Capital Bikeshare membership. Until the end of February, any Arlington resident who is new to the regional bikeshare system may get $20 off the annual price!
February 10, 2014, 4:23 PM ATP
- Get Heart-Healthy On Your Way to Work
February is American Heart Month! Take advantage of your commute by incorporating physical activity on your way to work or during the workday! Here are three ways to get more exercise while commuting.
February 5, 2014, 10:46 AM ATP
- Find Car-Free Transportation Options With Car-Free Near Me
Car-Free Near Me™ provides information about car-free transportation options for any location in Arlington or Washington, D.C.
February 5, 2014, 12:00 AM Car-Free Diet
- Metro Seeks Public Input on Proposed FY15 Budget and Fares
Metro will be holding hearings January 29 - February 6 to get public feedback on their proposed FY15 budget and fare changes. Meetings will be held in Virginia, Maryland and Washington DC.
January 29, 2014, 2:00 PM ART