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By goDCgo . on 9/27/2010
Have you ever made it to the Metro station right when the doors of the train are closing? Then stand there giving off disgruntled vibes and bringing everyone around you down? Or arrived too early when you could have stopped to shotgun your fifth coffee of the day? (What—am I the only one?)Well, the nice folks at WMATA have introduced a new system to let you know in real time your next train arrival, making your life and your commute just a little more predictable.

Now, in addition to Metro’s online and web-enabled mobile resources, you can also dial up train arrival information using a good old-fashioned phone. Simply call Metro’s Customer Information number at 202-637-7000 and say “Next Train.” Then follow the prompts to hear when the next trains will arrive at a specific station within the next 20 minutes. If you’re not convinced that this is as simple as it sounds, just take a look at WMATA’s informative video posted on their website. There you’ll see computer-animated Abby and her mom talking metro...
By goDCgo . on 9/21/2010
Tomorrow is Car Free Day and around the world people will be leaving their cars at home and getting around by bus, train, bike, foot and many other modes that eliminate or reduce the amount of single-occupant vehicles on the road. As part of the celebration of a car free day, Capital Bikeshare will be hosting two station parties to hand out free ride coupons, answer questions and show you how the system works. Stop by and visit a station party and don't forget to take the pledge at www.carfreemetrodc.com. Those who pledge are automatically entered to win great prizes like a Kona bike, an Apple iPad, Washington Nationals tickets and more. In the District: Dupont Circle and Massachusetts Avenue (North side of the circle) 11:30-1:30 In Arlington: 23rd Street and Crystal Drive 11:30-1:30...
By goDCgo . on 9/20/2010
Today marks the officially launch of the region's new bikesharing system. Capital Bikeshare will provide members with over 1,000 bikes at 100 stations in the District and Arlington County with plans to expand to locations throughout the entire region. The program officially kicked off this morning with a press event, a sea of red bikes, tons of Capital Bikeshare members and dignitaries from both the District and Arlington County. Capital Bikeshare is still running the Founding Members promotion and offering those who sign up now for an annual membership a black Capital Bikeshare t-shirt and a limited edition key fob. The offer is only available to the first 2,000 members and with the stations now in the ground-- these will go quick! The reduced annual rate of just $50 for the full year also applies. For more information about...
By goDCgo . on 9/17/2010
Come celebrate the launch of Capital Bikeshare! The District Department of Transportation and Arlington, VA are happy to announce the launch of the largest bikeshare program in the U.S. Please join us for the press conference and inaugural Capital Bikeshare ride.

Monday, September 20, 2010 at 10:30 AM
Tingey Plaza (behind U.S. Department of Transportation Headquarters)
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE

Capital Bikeshare puts 1,100 bicycles at your fingertips. You can choose from 114 stations across Washington, DC and Arlington, VA and return it to any station near your destination.

More information can be found at www.CapitalBikeshare.com
By goDCgo . on 9/16/2010
CommuterPage had a great post on why a compressed work week works!  The state of Virginia is even considering it for their government employees.  Check it out here.
By goDCgo . on 9/15/2010
DC will celebrate Car Free Day with the rest of the world on Wednesday, Sept.22, and we want to encourage you to take the pledge. Why? Because it’s good for your health, it’s good for your wallet and it’s great for the environment. And really, couldn’t we all do without quite so much traffic around here? But if these reasons aren’t compelling enough to make you want to scoot around town without the old ball-and-chain (umm…that’s your car), now you have the chance to win an iPad just for participating. All you have to do is go to www.carfreemetrodc.com to take the pledge and be automatically registered to win the iPad or other cool prizes.

How can you go car free? Good question. You have lots of options:

Boogie on down to your nearest metro or bus stop. For routes,...
By goDCgo . on 9/14/2010
The goDCgo newsletter is sure to keep you up-to-date on everything you need to know about getting into and around the District. This month's edition has more information on the soon-to-launch Capital Bikeshare program, a new Circulator route and Car Free Day. You can check it out here!
By goDCgo . on 9/10/2010
You may think this weekend is the perfect time to seed your lawn, and while we applaud your home improvement efforts, you might want to put that off (seriously—I Googled it—you still have time). Instead, why not come out to one of these exciting DC events? Capital Bikeshare will be onsite at all of them with demo bikes, free giveaways, coupons and answers to every question you could throw at us.

Yards Park Grand Opening

Friday-Sunday, Sept. 10-12

Yards Park, 10 Water St., 20007

As of today, the eagerly anticipated opening of Yards Park is finally here, and the festivities include something for everyone. Families can enjoy kid-friendly activities throughout the day, as well as free fitness classes, live music and a trapeze show. Then top off the night with fireworks. Or bring a date to enjoy food-tasting and jazz by the river. For a complete schedule and directions, visit www.capitolriverfront.org/calendar/do/yards-park-grand-opening.

By goDCgo . on 8/27/2010
goDCgo is proud to be a part of our community, and we’re always looking for ways to promote transportation options that are both healthy for you and good for the environment. That’s why we’re pleased to announce two exciting events this weekend for you to enjoy with friends or family to get you amped up about alternative ways to get around town.

Feet in the Street

Saturday, August 28, from 9 AM to 3 PM

Ft. Dupont Park, Washington DC

Normally, the streets in this area are not open for recreation. But on this Saturday only, the National Park Service, in partnership with DDOT, will close the streets to traffic and allow you to frolic to your heart’s content. So come on out—bring your friends and families to walk, run, bike or play. For a detailed list of events, visit goDCgo.com/FeetintheStreet. We hear it’s going to be sunny and 85 degrees, so you don’t want to miss this!

Hill and Go Seek

Saturday, August...
By goDCgo . on 8/23/2010

We don’t sell stuff here at goDCgo, but we saw this and just couldn’t keep it to ourselves.  Today only, Groupon.com is offering a full-year membership to Zipcar plus a $50 driving credit for only $35 (they’re even waiving the sign-up fee)—that’s a savings of $90! Be sure to take advantage of this offer so you can see for yourself the benefits of car-sharing. You may even decide to give up your car once you realize what a cost-saving, hassle-free alternative Zipcar is to car ownership, not to mention the added benefit of easing your raging conscience by knowing that you’ve done your part to reduce carbon dioxide emissions (every one Zipcar erases 15-20 cars from the roads).

Even if you’re not ready to part with your car or you already take public transportation, Zipcar can be a handy backup plan for those occasions when public transportation isn’t available, a family member has borrowed your...