Yesterday on my bike commute home, I witnessed an Arlington County police officer pull over a cyclist. The cyclist had run a red light at the intersection of Wilson Boulevard and N Oak Street and it took me about five seconds to go from Ugh! *eye roll* to, Yes, ok. Well done, officer! Bravo #OurSharedStreet YASSSS #blessed.
Commuter benefits and programs
Your business or property can benefit through vanpool transportation and other sustainable transportation programs.
The commercial vacancy rate in the Rosslyn-Ballston corridor has been on the decline after reaching its peak at the beginning of 2015. In fact, in the past two years it has dropped over four percentage points. While this is great news for Arlington’s economy, more employers also mean more employees commuting.
For the past two years, my commute was an hour one-way on the Blue Line door-to-door. That’s not terrible for an average DC metro area trip to work – it definitely makes for a good reading time. But as I started spending more and more time in Arlington for fun, the 45-minute or longer train ride to Springfield in the late evening quickly began to lose its appeal to me.
The Midwest is not usually a place people equate with multi-modal life or public transportation. Unlike in larger coastal cities, people in the Corn Belt are much more dependent on cars to get around. But in 2016, the city of Columbus, Ohio turned that belief on its head by winning the $40 million US Department of Transportation’s Smart City Challenge and $10 million from Vulcan, Inc.
Arlington Transportation Partners (ATP) randomly chose Vincent as the vanpool giveaway recipient for participating in Vanpool Connect. Every month, ATP selects a single rider to receive a giveaway as a thank you for using sustainable transportation. To make the vanpool commute experience even better, recipients can select either an Amazon Kindle, noise-cancelling headphones or a memory foam back pillow to accompany them on their ride.