- Industry recognizes one-of-a-kind transportation think tank
- Research focuses on moving more people with less traffic
- Lab, partners aim to help people understand mobility management
ARLINGTON, Va. – Arlington County's start-up think-tank, Mobility Lab, received the President's Award this morning at the Association for Commuter Transportation Annual International Conference. Born two years ago as a project of Arlington County Commuter Services, the Mobility Lab researches and creates solutions for transportation options that are cool, healthy, fun, and efficient.
“This is a prestigious award that ACT gives, and we don't award it every year – only if an individual or group truly merits it,” said Josh Kavanagh, president of ACT.
“Mobility Lab is doing industry-leading work and providing the research to back it up. Even as a local, regional agency, Mobility Lab is striving to help lead and define the mobility-management industry, and it is making the effort to explain it in ways that even people outside of the transportation industry can understand and appreciate,” Kavanagh said.
Sharing Arlington's experience, learning from others
“Arlington County created Mobility Lab to share with others our experience to how you can provide travel options that persuade people to walk, bike or use transit to get where they want to go, and to bring smart transportation ideas to Arlington,” said Arlington County Transportation Chief Dennis Leach.
Mobility Lab conducts original research, highlights the research of others and holds a regular series of events designed to encourage people to work together to find ways other than single-occupancy car trips to move people.
As the transportation industry is challenged is to build a cohesive voice about what it does – moving people instead of just cars – Mobility Lab leads the way with the research, collaboration, and communications necessary to secure federal, state, and local funding for mobility-management initiatives instead of just highways and transit.
The Mobility Lab is one partner in a group of innovative mobility-management practitioners. Arlington Transportation Partners, BikeArlington, WalkArlington, Capital Bikeshare, The Commuter Store, Commuter Direct and Arlington's Car-Free Diet are the boots on the ground, while Mobility Lab documents and communicates their accomplishments to help different audiences understand the value of mobility management.