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Oct
24

METRO SafeTrack Update for November and December 2016

Two significant disruptions of METRO service will occur in November and December along the Red and Orange Lines (impacts on Silver Line as well).  Maintenance schedules can change; it is advisable to check the WMATA website at http://www.wmata.com/rail/safetrack.cfm.

Red Line: October 29 through November 22, 2016.

SafeTrack Surge #10: Fort Totten to NoMaTrain Naylor Road Fall 110609-24 WMATA Photo by Larry Levine 11-06-24

  • Line segment shutdown between NoMa & Fort Totten from October 29 through November 22, 2016.
  • Red Line trains will run in two segments: Shady Grove to NoMa every 6 minutes and Glenmont to Fort Totten every 10 minutes
  • Two stations will be closed: Brookland-CUA and Rhode Island Ave
  • Shuttle buses will replace trains between NoMa and Fort Totten
  • Expect crowding on all trains due to less frequent Red Line service
  • Green Line provides alternate path for travel between Fort Totten and Gallery Place
  • Red Line customers should consider alternate travel options and avoid traveling during rush-hour periods if possible; expect trains to be extremely crowded

Orange Line: November 28 through December 21, 2016.

SafeTrack Surge #11: East Falls Church to West Falls Church

  • Orange Line trains will continuously single track between West Falls Church and East Falls Church from November 28 through December 21, 2016.
  • Orange Line trains will run every 16 minutes between Vienna and New Carrollton
  • Additional Orange Line trains will run from East Falls Church to New Carrollton
  • Silver Line trains will run every 16 minutes
  • Expect crowding on Orange/Silver line trains
  • Orange/Silver customers should consider alternate travel options and travel outside of rush-hour periods if possible
Sep
19

Join Us for the Live More Block Party!

Join us this Tuesday, September 20 for the “party with purpose,” 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Reston Town Center!

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Aug
30

Taking It For Granted…

You’d think commuters who slog more than 15-plus miles to work every day would jump at the chance to save on gas, tolls, and insurance…drive only once a week instead of all five days…and cut their travel time in half.  But despite these very real benefits, it took a special grant from the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation and the unfailing efforts of DATA Vanpool Coordinator Sarah McGowan to encourage 31 area commuters to adopt a “Van Do Attitude.”

The recently completed grant, in partnership with Enterprise Rideshare, formed 6 sustainable vanpools that are still adding riders and encouraging the formation of IMG_1012additional vanpools simply by example.  Success was fueled by a schedule of incentives over a six month period, including subsidies, gas cards, free Wi-Fi, and logo items.  The result was a substantial reduction in vehicle miles traveled and vehicle trips.

Grants enable DATA to develop creative approaches to reducing congestion on area roads.  Both E3Calc, DATA’s greenhouse gas calculator for business, and the Live More Commute Less® initiative and website were developed through grants.  DATA’s Onsite Rideshare Coordinator, a program that uses bilingual ridematching experts to help provide reliable, cost effective commuting options for the underserved, is underwritten by a federal Job Access Reverse Commute (JARC) grant.

In FY2017, which began July 1, DATA is addressing behavior change through the Live More Commute Less: FOCUS! grant.  Instead of working through employers to promote alternatives to commuting in a single occupant vehicle (SOV), LMCL: FOCUS! will concentrate on changing commuting behavior among residents in a specific geographic area, in this case the Town of Reston.  DATA will conduct and participate in special events throughout Reston to promote awareness and usage of transit, encourage teleworking, and facilitate ridesharing through the formation of car and vanpools.  Anticipating the arrival of Capital Bikeshare, the LMCL: FOCUS! grant will also highlight the benefits of biking and walking to work or to the Silver Line station or bus stop.

DATA continues to explore innovative and effective ways to reduce vehicular traffic…because when it comes to controlling congestion, our region can’t afford to take anything for “granted!”

Aug
30

DATA Business Profile: Leidos

Background

Leidos is a spin-off of Science Applications International Corporation, formed in 2013 to provide scientific, engineering, systems integration, and technical services for government clients. With expertise in defense logistics, Leidos offers extensive knowledge and products to assist in improving performance and practices. With a number of office sites in the region, the company offers support for its clients relative to their location.

The Situation and Solutions

With the formation of the company in 2013 and moving over 1,000 employees from the SAIC campus in McLean to Reston the daunting task of finding commute options for Leidos employees presented several problems. SAIC offers excellent commuting benefits and Leidos determined to retain those benefits during and after their relocation. The expansion of flex-time and compressed work week benefit participation has benefitted those employees whose commutes were greatly affected by their relocation. With the expansion of Metrorail with the Silver Line, the transit benefit has
benefitted employees who prefer to ride transit to the worksite. A free shuttle
service from the Weihle Avenue Metro enables employees to use transit seamlessly to the worksite.

 

The Impacts and Future

Leidos has intentions to expand commuting benefits for employees. The impact of their alternative commuting benefits have resulted in a decrease of single car drivers of 27% to the headquarters in Reston. Over 20% of employees telework and over 30% participate in the transit benefit. With the strength of their commuting benfits package Leidos anticipates a good future for prospective candidates considering their company for employment.

Commuter Connections/Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments 

www.commuterconnections.org

800-745-RIDE

 

Aug
30

Tech Corner: What Influence Do Transportation App-based Services Have on Our Transportation Choices?

The popularity, at least in print if not in reality, of Uber and Lyft services is well documented in the Washington, D.C. region.  But who uses these services and how popular are they really?  A survey conducted in May by WBA Research out of Graph 1
Crofton, Maryland attempted to quantify this question.  The results of the survey are quite interesting and demonstrate the inroads that transportation apps and the on-demand services have made in our region and the growing influence that these have in our
everyday decision-making as it pertains to getting from point A to B.

WBA Research’s survey found that among residents of the Washington, DC region, familiarity with app-based transportation companies (otherwise known as transportation network companies, or TNCs) Uber and Lyft is driven primarily by the 18-34 year old age segment (88% familiar with Uber, 69% familiar with Lyft).

Regardless of whether their travel is inside or outside the Washington, DC area, younger residents are fueling the rise of app-based transportation.

The survey also found that about one in five area residents have used an app-based transportation company to get to or from Metrobus, Metrorail or other public transit (18%) or to Reagan National, Dulles or BWI Marshall Airports (20%).

District of Columbia residents are significantly more likely than their suburban counterparts to have taken any trips using an app-based transportation company in the past month (57% vs. 23%-24%). They also average more trips per month than suburban riders (7.7 DC vs. 4.0-4.5 MD/VA/WV).  DC residents who have taken trips also average almost eight one-way trips per month, compared to between four and five among the area’s suburban riders.

Among 18-34 year old residents of the Washington, DC area, app-based transportation ridership approaches levels similar to that of public transportation ridership. In fact, there is significant overlap in ridership between the two modes.

Those who have used app-based transportation in the past three months most often said their last such trip was for leisure purposes (57%), while almost one-fourth took their last trip to or from work, school, or for some other business related purpose.

Taxi is most often the back up when app-based transportation is not available (44%). One-fifth, however, drive themselves (22%) or turn to public transportation (21%). Those who have used app-based transportation in the past three months most often said they would have taken a taxi if an app-based transportation company had not been available for their last trip.

More than one-half (53%) of those who have used Uber or Lyft say they have encountered Surge/Prime Time pricing and chose to accept the higher fare and take the trip anyway, while 12% opted out of the higher fare.  More than one-half of those who have used Uber or Lyft say they have encountered Surge or Prime Time pricing and chose to take the trip anyway accepting the higher fare.