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DC City Council Approves Move to Transit Benefits
Monday, July 21, 2014


On Tuesday July 15, the District of Columbia City Council unanimously approved a suite of sustainability initiatives and changes under the "Sustainable D.C. Omnibus Act of 2014", and today Mayor Gray signed the bill into law. Included in this new law is a measure that will ensure that all commuters who travel to DC for work will have access to transportation benefits from their employer. Working with employers to provide transit benefits to employees in the District will help reduce rush hour demands on our roadways and expand opportunities for public transit while helping reduce employer payroll costs and improve employee retention.

This innovative measure, “Reducing Single Occupancy Vehicle Use by Encouraging Transit Benefits”, calls for all District employers with more than 20 employees to offer a transit benefit program by January 1, 2016. That benefit can take the form of a pre-tax election transportation fringe benefit, an employer-paid benefit program of direct subsidy or an employee-provided transportation option at no cost to the employee. With this unique measure, we can help DC employers craft and implement a commuter benefit program that seamlessly integrates into their existing employee benefits package.




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Metro is Raising Fares Effective Sunday, June 29
Wednesday, June 25, 2014


Starting June 29, 2014, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) will increase fares on all services, including Metrorail and Metrobus. Follow this link to read the full details and view an information video on WMATA's website.



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Take Action Today! Tell Your Representative that Transit & Bike Commuters Deserve Equal Benefits!
Wednesday, May 28, 2014


In January, the existing parking and transit commuter benefits became unequal. Commuters can deduct up to $250 in pre-tax benefits for parking, but only $130 for public transit. The House Ways & Means Committee is tentatively looking to mark-up a package of individual tax extenders this Thursday, May 29. As the legislative language stands now, the parking and transit benefits would remain frozen at $130 (transit/vanpool)/$250 (parking). The language would also eliminate the benefit for bicycle commuters.


Transit commuters deserve their fair share, and we ask you to immediately contact their Member of Congress - particularly House Ways & Means Committee majority members - and ask them to take action on HR 2288.

 

Take just a moment to tell your Congressman or Congresswoman that:

 

It is my  understanding that the House Ways & Means Committee is looking to mark-up legislation to extend a series of personal tax issues. We urge you to weigh in with committee staff and leadership and ask them to include bi-partisan legislation from HR 2288 and create revenue-neutral parity at $220/month. I am hopeful that you will weigh in today!


Tell your representative that transit commuters deserve equal benefits. Take action today!



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DDOT Encourages Families and Schools to Participate in National Bike to School Day on May 7 2014
Tuesday, April 29, 2014


The 3rd Annual National Bike to School Day is quickly approaching. Held on May 7, this one-day event highlights and celebrates the benefits of choosing student-powered transportation to school.


To support schools holding National Bike to School Day events, DDOT is offering the following:

  • Temporary Tattoos for schools to hand out to Bike to School Day participants. To receive temporary tattoos, register your school’s Bike to School Day event at walkbiketoschool.org by May 2nd. Registered schools also have the chance to win prizes from the National Center for Safe Routes to School, including ten bikes and twenty bike helmets. Looking for ideas for your school’s event? Try here.

  • The Golden Bicycle Competition: For the third year in a row, DDOT is pleased to sponsor the Golden Bicycle Competition. The school with the highest percentage of kids who arrive to school on bikes, scooters and skates will win the Golden Bicycle Award to display until next year’s Bike to School Day. To participate, please report the number of students who rode bikes, scooters, skates or skateboards on Bike to School Day to DDOT’s Jennifer Hefferan (Jennifer.Hefferan@dc.gov) by the end of the day on May 9. While DDOT encourages walking to school on National Bike to School Day, only students on bikes, scooters or skates can be counted for this particular contest.

  • Bike to School with a Bike Ambassador: DDOT offers a limited number of Bike Ambassadors to accompany groups of students biking to school on Bike to School Day. The Ambassadors are knowledgeable in bike safety, and will bike with your students and model safe bicycling skills. If interested, contact Jennifer Hefferan at Jennifer.Hefferan@dc.gov.

Reposted from the DDOT Blog.



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DDOT Release: DC Snow Emergency Goes into Effect Wed. Feb 12, at 6:30pm
Wednesday, February 12, 2014


DC SNOW EMERGENCY GOES INTO EFFECT AT 6:30 PM FEB. 12

Vehicles parked on snow emergency routes after 6:30 pm Wed., Feb. 12 will be ticketed and towed.

 

(Washington, DC) With a heavy snowfall predicted, the District announced today that a snow emergency will go into effect at 6:30 pm, Wednesday, February 12.  By declaring a snow emergency, the District Snow Team (Department of Public Works and Department of Transportation) will be able to clear snow emergency routes curb to curb. 



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DDOT Press Release: First of Three American Made DC Streetcar Vehicles to Arrive in District on Tuesday, January 21
Tuesday, January 21, 2014


First of Three American Made DC Streetcar Vehicles

to Arrive in District on Tuesday, January 21

Vehicle Will Immediately Undergo Testing and Commissioning

 

(Washington, D.C.)— The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) announced that the first United Streetcar vehicle for DC Streetcar is expected to be delivered to the District on Tuesday, January 21, 2014.  

 The vehicle, which is being transported from Oregon, will be delivered and unloaded at the DC Streetcar Testing and Commissioning Site on South Capitol Street in Anacostia.  Once offloaded, the vehicle will begin functional testing and acceptance at the facility. 



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WMATA Announces Metrorail Service Advisory for January 10th-12th, Schedule of Track Work Through June 2014
Thursday, January 09, 2014


If you are planning on using Metrorail for your weekend transportation needs, please be sure to check out the latest service advisory from WMATA regarding weekend track work affecting all lines from 10pm Friday, January 10th to close on Sunday, January 12th.



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New Year's Eve Transit Hours
Tuesday, December 31, 2013


Today is New Year’s Eve, and to help you plan how you will get to and from your festivities, we’ve put together a list of the holiday schedule adjustments from major local transit providers to help you plan your travel for tonight with ease.



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Metrobus Expands Evening, Weekend Service Beginning Dec. 29th
Tuesday, December 24, 2013


The District is riding Metrobus more than ever, and WMATA is listening, adding more evening, night and weekend service to better serve you!

On December 29th, WMATA will implement a number of Metrobus service changes to expand key service timetables as part of the Better Bus improvement program, particularly during off-peak hours.



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Parking A Zipcar in DC is Now Easier Than Ever
Thursday, December 19, 2013


Holiday shopping requires a lot of time and patience, and sometimes you just need a car to get everything home smoothly. If you use Zipcar, you now have one less stress to worry about when you set out to get gifts.



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