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Recent blog posts from these Arlington County Commuter Services programs: Arlington's Car-Free Diet, Arlington Transportation Partners, WalkArlington, BikeArlington, and Mobility Lab; and from Arlington Transit - ART.

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How to Get to the Arlington County Fair – 2014

The Arlington County Fair, one of the largest free events on the East Coast has been a tradition for more than 35 years. Over 50,000 people will come to the Fair this year, which runs from August 6 through August 10, to enjoy competitive exhibits, midway rides and games, entertainment, vendors, racing piglets, and more.

Parking is prohibited, making shuttle buses, bicycling and ART the most convenient ways to travel to the Fair. This video shows you how. It's always better to know before you go! (video)

July 31, 2014, 6:00 PM Car-Free Diet

Where to Find Love? Ride Public Transportation

There seems to be quite a lot of flirting, or at least furtive glancing, taking place on public transportation. A new series of Metro ads celebrating the opening of the Silver Line suggests the new rail line to Reston might not only connect Washington D.C. residents with jobs and housing, but with dating opportunities as []

July 31, 2014, 5:24 PM Mobility Lab

A-SPAN Pledges to Make a Difference in Courthouse

A-SPAN, a bronze level Champion, shows their commitment to the Courthouse community by adopting an ART bus stop.

July 30, 2014, 9:22 AM ATP

Ballston and the Silver Line: A Big Opportunity

The new Silver Line connects the economically-crucial Dulles Corridor in Northern Virginia with the rest of the region by Metrorail. With Phase I complete, a rider can reach five new stations leading out to Reston, Virginia. One stop before the Silver Line branches off from the Orange Line to the five new stops is the []

July 24, 2014, 1:09 PM Mobility Lab

There’s a Reason Backpacking is European and Not American

When I think of Europe, I think of backpacking across the continent and traveling by Eurorail. It’s an often discussed, if uncommon, practice that many hope to do in their lifetimes. The idea of grabbing a few necessities and hopping on a train to see where the wind takes you is a wonderfully romantic idea. []

July 24, 2014, 11:36 AM Mobility Lab

Idea for Smarter Transit Fares Wins George Mason Competition

Transit would be better served if the pay-per-ride and unlimited fare schemes that currently dominate were expanded to include more fine-tuned pricing structures similar to those offered by cell phone companies. That was the idea that won the recent second annual Outside the Box transportation conference and competition at George Mason University’s (GMU’s) School of Public Policy. Winner []

July 23, 2014, 4:08 PM Mobility Lab

Hitchhiking Goes High Tech: The Story Behind CarmaHop’s Upcoming Launch

In 2010, my husband and I moved out to rural Northeast Kansas in order to live a more sustainable lifestyle. Our dream had one major flaw – a complete lack of public transportation. So these two save-the-planet sustainability groupies became just two more single-occupant vehicle drivers with big ugly carbon footprints. And we’re not alone. Forty-five []

July 23, 2014, 12:18 PM Mobility Lab

Meet ATP’s Newest Team Members!

We are excited to introduce two new members of the ATP team!

July 23, 2014, 11:18 AM ATP

Bike-Walk Funding Facing Bumpy Road, Secretary Foxx Says

Bicycling is an important part of the U.S. transportation ecosystem of the future. That was the message U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx offered today as part of a National Press Club speech on the many transportation challenges faced by our partisan-gridlocked country. “True confession: I have been trying for an entire year to figure out []

July 21, 2014, 4:20 PM Mobility Lab

U.S. Government Should Improve Its Trip Data

This article was originally published by the Alliance for Biking & Walking. There are two major surveys that are a tremendous help to bicycle and pedestrian advocates in better understanding the progress for our cause. They are great, yet they still could be much improved. The American Community Survey (ACS), which is performed every year []

July 18, 2014, 11:00 AM Mobility Lab

Tips for Effective Transportation Blogging

This article was also published by Greater Greater Washington. Begin with your most important point. Use short sentences and clear, non-jargony language. Remember your end goal. These were among the tips BeyondDC creator and Greater Greater Washington (GGW) blogger Dan Malouff imparted at this week's Lunch at the Lab. Malouff discussed effective blogging and how to get published by websites such []

July 16, 2014, 12:09 PM Mobility Lab

5 Ways DC's Metro Beats NY's Subway

New York City's Subway system, run by the state's Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), is the largest rapid transit system in the United States. With service 24 hours per day and an extensive network of 421 stations, virtually all of Manhattan and most of the outer boroughs are within a quick walk of the system – which, despite its name, []

July 15, 2014, 4:03 PM Mobility Lab

Mobility Lab Express #42 – July 15, 2014

Yes, Virginia Interstate 66 is a mess. Commuters are right to decry the congestion along this stretch of interstate, where travel times from Northern Virginia into D.C. are the longest in the region. Mobility Lab Express #42 – July 15, 2014 Also in this issue: RESEARCH: Demand-side Transportation Strategies Are Secret to Arlington's Success RESEARCH: []

July 15, 2014, 2:00 PM Mobility Lab

Your Way or the Right of Way

It’s the start of summer, the days are nice and long, and there’s plenty of time for walking and for pondering the big questions—Why Do Pedestrians Have to Stay to the Right on Trails?

July 14, 2014, 9:45 AM WalkArlington

ATP Champions Summer Update

Summer is officially in full swing, and we can definitely tell by all the out of office vacation replies! With our own office being pretty quiet this past month, it’s been awhile since we posted about our Champions recognition program. Now that we’re about three and a half months into the program, we wanted to give everyone an update on how things are going!

July 9, 2014, 10:44 AM ATP

Describe your first bike in one word.

A little celebration of biking and the 4th of July

July 3, 2014, 2:00 PM BikeArlington

3 Feet to Pass, Please!

July 1 brings an updated safe passing law to the Virginia Code!

July 1, 2014, 4:00 AM BikeArlington

They like us! They really like us!

Benjamin Davis from the Frontier Group wrote a blog post about Arlington's Car-Free Diet titled 'Arlington Helps Residents Go Car-Free.” We couldn't have said it better ourselves!

June 18, 2014, 2:00 PM Car-Free Diet

Tell WalkArlington Where to Go!

We’re inviting you to weigh in on which of our five oldest Walkabout routes should be updated first!

June 9, 2014, 11:10 AM WalkArlington

Champions Tip of the Week: Promote Pooling This Summer!

Yes, most of us would probably rather be relaxing at the swimming pool instead of the office this summer. However, there are other “pools” that can help your employees or residents have an easier commute and better overall workday! Carpooling and vanpooling are great transportation options that can help commuters save money and reduce the time spent traveling to and from work.

June 4, 2014, 9:45 AM ATP

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