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By goDCgo . on 10/28/2011
Two children trick or treating

Halloween is just around the corner and the area’s little vampires and witches are gearing up to go trick-or-treating.  Now is the perfect time for parents to review walking safety tips with their kids – before the night of fun begins.

According to Safe Kids, on average, twice as many child pedestrians are killed while walking on Halloween compared to other days of the year. New Safe Kids research shows that only one third of parents talk to their children annually about Halloween safety. Don’t take any chances this Halloween.  Check out these tips, compiled to help prepare your children to behave safely and to remind drivers to take extra precautions this Halloween:

Tips for Parents and Children...
By goDCgo . on 10/26/2011
Outdoor Metro platform with metro train Big changes are looming ahead for the commuter benefits program offered by many employers to assist employees with commuting costs—changes which will have a negative impact on your commute regardless of whether you receive those benefits or not. Currently, employers may offer up to $230 per month (for each transit and parking) to help defray the costs of their employees’ commutes. A bicycle benefit is also available for reimbursement to employees up to $20 per month. Employers may contribute the money directly, or if the employer does not opt to do this, employees may pay their own commuting costs using pre-tax dollars. Of particular concern right now is the very real possibility that, once again, the transit portion of the commuter benefit is in jeopardy of being significantly reduced at the end of the year, down to $125 per month from its current level of $230. At the same time, the parking...
By goDCgo . on 10/20/2011
Metro station boards

Last week, a Metro committee approved major service changes to the Blue, Orange and Yellow lines in an effort to relieve the infamous ‘Orange Crush’ congestion and make room for future Silver Line service to Dulles Airport. In summary, six additional Orange Line trains (three in each direction) will be added per hour during peak periods, which should result in 18% more capacity on the line – the equivalent of 2,600 more seats per hour. The new trains will move straight across the Metro map – from West Falls Church to Largo Town Center.

According to Metro, the Orange Line trains between Courthouse and Rosslyn stations carry more passengers per car than anywhere else in the system, despite the line being the second busiest after the Red Line. To make room for the added Orange Line trains, six former Blue line trains will instead run from Franconia – Springfield...
By goDCgo . on 10/14/2011
MLK Memorial

The long-awaited Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Dedication, which was postponed in August due to Hurricane Irene, is on again this Sunday, October 16. Although plans were scaled back for a somewhat smaller celebration, thousands are still expected to attend the momentous occasion which will feature an impressive lineup of speakers, including civil rights and government leaders, members of King’s family, poets and musicians. President Obama will give the dedication address.

If you want to attend any of the day’s events, you should plan now for the best way to get there in order to avoid any unnecessary hassles as you navigate crowds and road closures.

Metrorail: Metro plans to open two hours early at 5:00 am on Sunday morning and will operate additional 8-car trains to accommodate the increase in riders. Be sure to purchase your metro fares in advance in order...
By goDCgo . on 10/11/2011
Feet in the Street logo

Please join us at the third annual Feet in the Street, hosted by the National Park Service in collaboration with the District Department of Transportation and the Metro Police Department. This Saturday, October 15, bring the whole family (or the whole neighborhood!) to enjoy a day of car-free rambling along the scenic, wooded streets of Fort Dupont Park.  Explore the park by foot, by bicycle or by roller skates and be sure to stop for activities like yoga, rock climbing and boxing.

Fort Dupont Park is an official site for First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move, Outside” initiative, and Feet in the Street supports the program’s goals of improving both the physical and mental health of our nation’s children. The event also promotes DDOT's mission of encouraging sustainable transportation.

Person on climbing wall...
By goDCgo . on 10/5/2011
Cars stuck in traffic

Our city is no stranger to being in the headlines, but last month DC made a splash for reasons other than the economy, Congress or future elections. In at least three newsworthy reports last month, the District came out on top or close to it for congestion and the poor air quality that comes with it. Unfortunately, these aspects are not really appropriate for bragging rights. We would gladly accept mediocrity in this case.

In one study conducted by the Texas Transportation Institute, their Annual Urban Mobility Report ranked the Metro Washington DC area as the most congested urban area, calculating that DC commuters waste 74 hours in traffic delays per year (that’s just over 3 days!) costing $1,495 per driver on average. This is sad, sad news, and unfortunately,...
By goDCgo . on 10/3/2011


This morning, DDOT officially launched the new DC CIrculator route which will now serve communities east of the river.

Speakers included Mayor Vincent Gray, D.C. Department of Transportation Director Terry Bellamy, D.C. Council Chair Kwame Brown, and council members Marion Barry from Ward 8, Tommy Wells from Ward 6 and Yvette Alexander from Ward 7. For details, you may read DDOT's press release in its entirety below:

MAYOR VINCENT C. GRAY AND OTHER OFFICIALS LAUNCH NEW DC CIRCULATOR ROUTE WITH SERVICE EAST OF THE ANACOSTIA RIVER

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Mayor Vincent C. Gray; D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown; Councilmembers Marion Barry (Ward 8), Tommy Wells (Ward 6) and Yvette Alexander (Ward 7); and District Department of Transportation (DDOT) Director Terry Bellamy today launched a new D.C. Circulator route, the first to ever provide service east of the Anacostia River. The new route runs from the Potomac Avenue Metro Station to Skyland and the Good Hope Marketplace Shopping Center via Barracks Row.

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