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Gas prices got you down? TRAFFIC with the “new normal” is worse than before the pandemic. Fortunately, there are new commute options to get to Fort Belvoir, and for a limited time, you can get paid for trying them out!
Defense commuters are encouraged to sign up for the Federal Highway Administration’s Smartphone Incentives program, which will introduce you to new travel options to and from Fort Belvoir. Through a free navigation app, participants will receive suggestions to leave a little earlier or later than normal to avoid traffic, give transit a try, carpool, or even ride a bike to base depending on their commute, and many will earn gift cards to their favorite stores and restaurants just for giving those suggestions a try.
As part of this initiative, the Northern Virginia Regional Commission (NVRC) is partnering with Metropia, Inc. to provide the Fort Belvoir employees access to GoEzy, a mobility app that tailors suggestions to improve your commute. The GoEzy app helps commuters like you find better ways to get around the region by bringing all travel options together into one convenient app. Even better, it suggests ways to save time and money and avoid the stresses of traffic. As part of the pilot, a private carpool group within the app for Fort Belvoir has been created.
The program will allow anyone from Fort Belvoir to participate if you are a driver and willing to go through the Kingman Gate to drop off riders at DLA or INSCOM. The concept is to introduce incentives to encourage carpooling among peak-period, peak-direction I-95 commuters going to DLA and INSCOM on Fort Belvoir.
Want to learn more? Sign up at the Defense Commuter website and we’ll be in touch soon with information on how to get started.
The District Department of Transportation said Friday that DC Circulator fares will be reinstated Oct. 1. DC Circulator fares were suspended through Sept. 30, due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Mayor Muriel Bowser set aside $6.5 million in funding for free DC Circulator service in her fiscal year 2022 budget proposal, according to a DDOT email. But the D.C. Council decided fares should be reinstated.
“We understand it has been a difficult week for people who depend on Metro in the region, and acknowledge the challenges our customers are experiencing,” Wiedefeld said. “We are working as quickly and safely as possible to inspect every wheel on the 7000-series railcars and it’s important to get that right.”
When transferring, bus rides will now be free for all routes except Fairfax Connector Express Service, which will be discounted $2 from the total fare when using a SmarTrip card or the SmarTrip App.
The Summit culminated a series of events to promote tools to safely improve ridership on transit systems while continuing to protect riders and workers across the nation.
Transit agencies in the New York City region are having to reinvent their railroads to adapt to the shift away from going to the office every day.
On Sept. 5, DASH will become the first transit agency in the D.C. area to end fares.
Fairfax County and the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority have reached an agreement with a team of developers to add one million square feet of mixed-use development near a station on the Orange Line.
If you ride Metro and want to give the region’s rental bicycles a try, Metro and Capital Bikeshare have a deal for you: Those who sign up to pay their Metro fare virtually will get 10 free Capital Bikeshare rides.
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