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Living in the Heart of D.C. May Actually Be Cheaper Than Living in the Outer Suburbs

The conventional wisdom is that living in the city is much more expensive than living outside of it. Taxes, entertainment, and groceries all add up to a slightly higher cost of living in the city. Housing, though, is the expense that tips the scales decidedly in favor of the suburbs. Or does it? With car… Read more »

Business Leaders Network to Make Transportation Easier in Arlington

“One of the biggest benefits of being part of this program is learning what other companies are doing,” says Christine Ng of Environ, a science and technology consultancy that is one of hundreds of businesses served by Arlington Transportation Partners. Her compliment of ATP is captured in one of a series of videos shot at… Read more »

Cities Must Understand Bikeshare Is Transit

Bikeshare systems either have to make it on their own or be subsidized like the rest of the transportation system. This difference of opinion within the bikeshare industry was recently brought to light by an article at NextCity.org entitled San Antonio Bikeshare Threatens to Close Without Major Sponsor. But it isn’t such a black or white… Read more »

The Who, What, When, Where, Whys of CarFreeAtoZ

As part of its Transit Tech Initiative, Arlington County is beta launching CarFreeAtoZ, an online resource for travelers in Arlington and the greater Washington region. What is CarFreeAtoZ? It’s the Washington D.C. region’s first multi-modal trip planning and comparison tool. Bike to metro to walk on your way to work? Sick of driving your car… Read more »

Transit Use = Healthy Employees, Businesses in Arlington

This article is adapted from the Arlington Transportation Partners blog. Last week’s Greater Washington’s Healthiest Employers Awards and Workplace Wellness Expo, hosted by the Washington Business Journal and United Healthcare, recognized 50 companies in the D.C. region. And it is notable that four out of the five “healthiest employers” finalists from Arlington County are also Arlington… Read more »

Businesses Can Play Key Role in Boosting Public Transportation Ridership

People who are offered transit benefits from an employer use them. At Arlington Transportation Partners, we spend a lot of time building relationships with Arlington County, Virginia employers, educating them about the many transportation benefits they could be offering. Do they have a Capital Bikeshare station across the street from their office? We pitch Capital… Read more »

Why Streetcars Aren’t a Waste of Money

This article was originally published at Architect This City. Last weekend a friend of mine sent me an article from The Economist talking about why trams, streetcars, and light rail are a waste of money. The argument is basically that steetcars are expensive, less efficient, and that — despite North America’s renewed interest in them —… Read more »

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… Read more »

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… Read more »

Elly Blue Works to Build Economic Equality for Bicycling Movement

Elly Blue and her team of bike activists – which include a cook and the founder of Microcosm Publishing Joe Biel – recently visited the Washington D.C. area and, with support from BikeArlington, held an evening gathering at Mobility Lab. Blue, an independent publisher, has written a series of books on the societal benefits of biking…. Read more »