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Building Transit Ridership Through R&D

Emily Badger profiles Arlington County's Mobility Lab, and its Transit Tech initiative, which has managed to take 40,000 car trips a day off of the county’s roads by easing access to their existing infrastructure.

According to Badger, the Mobility Lab "has a lean start-up philosophy that's almost unrecognizable in a government bureaucracy." One project to come out of what has become a king of R&D lab was the creation of a web and mobile app called Transit Near Me that makes sense of the region's spider-like web of buses.

The lab also invented a nifty piece of hardware, a low-cost computer display that integrates live data feeds from local bus, train and bikeshare systems in a cool looking, easy to read, format. The display could be deployed near transit facilities, in retail establishments facing the sidewalk.

Full Story: An R&D Lab for Transit Tech Tools

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