We hope you have marked your calendars for Our Shared Street on October 13 – 15. This year our family-friendly workshop will be held virtually with a social challenge, online workshops, and a mobile tour. Learn about transit options available to you in Arlington County and how to use the modes safely and efficiently, in a fun and creative way with your family and friends.
The pandemic is halting businesses around the world and impacting the workforce in Arlington County. See the latest updates to ensure business continuity and follow transit service changes for essential employees.
Traditionally this family friendly event has been a block party with transit information, music, and games but due to the pandemic we are hosting this year’s event virtually. Arlington County residents can join us from the comfort of their homes, participate in our virtual family-friendly workshops, enjoy interactive activities, and receive giveaways from local businesses.
When Arlington commuters return to using public transportation, they can anticipate significant enhancements to the regional transit system. Over the summer, transportation officials implemented COVID-19 health and safety protocols, completed the Orange line platform improvements, and launched innovative new technology to bring commuters, residents, and visitors safely back to transit.
On September 1, WMATA announced a “touch free” way to pay transit fares, plan a trip, and manage SmartBenefits from the convenience of your smartphone. Contactless payment apps offer an extra layer of safety by encouraging riders to avoid high-touch surfaces on fare vending machines. The SmarTrip mobile app makes it easy to tap and go, no card or cash required. The app also features a trip planning tool with real-time updates for bus and train arrivals.
As people return to the workplace, Arlington Transportation Partners (ATP) continues to encourage use of sustainable transportation methods that would provide a stress-free commute. Car Free Day, on September 22, is a day to celebrate reducing your carbon footprint and promoting a more sustainable environment. By pledging to go car free for the day, you earn a chance to win some wonderful prizes.
In normal times, most of us follow a regular routine: wake up, get ready for work, have breakfast, and commute to the office. Did you ever wonder the similarity between your breakfast cereal and commute mode? Both are an important part of your day and a good commute—much like a good breakfast— boosts your mood and productivity. Commute modes are like the cereal aisle at the grocery store, there’s an option for everyone. You have to pick one that works and tastes best to you.