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Winter may not be thought of as the most hospitable time to be out walking in your neighborhood, but if you are looking for hospitable stomping grounds, you are going to be pleased to know that the Washington, DC region ranked second (behind New York City) as the most walkable metropolitan region in the US. This is rarified territory, as we beat out the likes of Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, and Seattle. In this edition of @ livemore we highlight the results of a recent study by George Washington University. Speaking of getting out, you should jump on Metro and go enjoy one or more of the six ice skating rinks easily accessible by our mass transit system. This edition of @livemore also introduces you to Metro’s follow up initiative of the SafeTrack program, title Back2Good, an effort to steadily improve and monitor their efforts to enhance safety, reliability and
financial stability. Monthly “report cards” on Metro’s progress will be highlighted by @livemore in coming editions. We are also highlighting a few initiatives that should “Matter” in every Northern Virginian’s lives, getting involved with charities and what is happening at one of our largest transportation hubs, Dulles International Airport. The Charity and Dulles Matters columns are reoccurring observations that should provide important insights into these respective realms of our lives. And lastly, we are providing an overview of Fairfax County’s recent recipients of the Best Workplaces for Commuters awards, places of employment that have demonstrated above average interest in finding mobility solutions for their employees. If you want to Live More and Commute Less, you might just want to look into these local employers. Happy 2018!
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Back2Good Metro Delivers Improvements in Safety, Service and Financial Management One year ago, Metro’s emergency SafeTrack program was at its halfway point and its Back2Good plan to improve safety, service and financial management had just begun. Today, Metro has completed SafeTrack and achieved progress in every Back2Good category. As a result of actions taken over the past two years since Metro General Manager and Chief Executive Officer (GM/CEO) Paul J. Wiedefeld joined the organization, there are promising signs that Metro has turned a corner when it comes to safety and reliability. Back2Good, announced in 2016, was Metro’s plan to improve safety, reduce delays caused by problems with the tracks and railcars, and provide a balanced budget based on what the region can afford. In November, Metro released its last Back2Good customer update, which highlighted several accomplishments, including: • Nearly nine out of 10 weekday rail customer trips arrived on time in October 2017, compared with just 7 out of 10 in fall 2016 • Customer offloads due to railcar problems down 45% in 2017 • 452 new 7000-series railcars have now been delivered, doubling the number
Metro launched Back2Good to improve safety, service and financial management by the end of 2017, and progress has been achieved in every area. For more information visit wmata.com/back2good
SERVICE RELIABILITY • Offloads due to railcar issues down 45% this year.
• Red signal overruns down 60% this year.
• Nearly 9 out of 10 customer trips arrived on time in October 2017, compared with just 7 out of 10 last fall.
• Rail fire incidents down 25% this year.
• 452 new 7000-series railcars now delivered, doubling the number of new trains in the past 12 months. • Escalators achieving 95% performance this year. • More than 130 real-time bus information signs installed in bus shelters and rail stations this year, and upgraded technology now used by street supervisors. • Abilities-Ride program launched, providing MetroAccess customers in Maryland with more flexible service options.
FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT • FTA’s Financial Management Oversight audit closed with all corrective actions completed, resulting in improved access to federal funds.
• White platform edge lights installed so far this year at 19 Metrorail stations and brighter LED lights installed in 197 pylons at 13 stations. • Enhanced cleaning of platforms, mezzanines and entrances at all 91 stations in 2017. • Major crime on Metro down 18% through October, compared to same period in 2016. • Cellular service activated in tunnels as work progresses – segments of RD, OR, BL & SV lines completed this year.
• Employee absenteeism down 16% since management policies put in place. • For the second year in a row, Metro completed an on-time, clean financial audit. Update Published: November 9, 2017
of new trains in the past 12 months • Red signal overruns down 60% in 2017 • Major crime on Metro down 18% through October 2017
Building on these successes, Metro believes it has a path forward, but that it requires a new funding plan. Earlier this year, Wiedefeld released a plan to keep Metro safe, reliable and affordable. The proposal includes $15.5 billion in capital spending over
the next 10 years funded through continued federal and jurisdictional support, and a new dedicated funding source to generate $500 million per year. With less than a year of committed capital funding remaining, Metro has stated that failure to act could
erase the gains Metro has made through SafeTrack, and perpetuate the unreliable service riders have endured far too long. Stay tuned as @livemore will be publishing additional Metro updates in subsequent editions.
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These Boots Were Made For Walking Cities Are Becoming More Walkable – DC Region Ranks 2nd in New Study Planners across the country are transforming their cardependent communities into more walking-friendly environments, a phenomenon that has been embraced here in the DC Region. Building on the concept of transit-oriented development, creating communities that are more walkable is a trend that is catering to the demands of millennials, many of whom do not, nor want to, own a car. The rise in popularity of Capital Bikeshare and biking in general in these communities is no surprise. And lo and behold, this has also led to steady increases in housing and commercial land values, as well as communities that are “hot” in the real estate market. The Center for Real Estate and Urban Analysis (CREUA), located at George Washington University, recently released a study that
Washington is second only to New York City as the most walkable metropolitan area in the United States. It makes sense frankly if you look at the recent developments like the Wharf, and the continued popularity of the Rosslyn – Ballston corridor. Reston Town Center is also emerging as a go-to place to live because of its walkability combined with its “urban” atmosphere. With the anticipated opening of Phase II of Metro’s Silver line, the Dulles Corridor looks a whole lot like an adolescent Rosslyn – Ballston Corridor. The CREUA analysis looked at variables that create Walkable Urban Places, or WalkUPs for short. The attributes of walkable urban development include areas of higher densities and mixed land uses that encompass office, retail and
multifamily housing. The study also weighed the level of innovative types of functionally blended real estate (transit oriented development ranks very high), such as apartment units atop retail stores and the availability of multiple transportation options that include walking, biking and public transit (and surprisingly the ability to drive cars). The top six metropolitan areas that ranked highest in WalkUPs include: 1. New York 2. Washington, D.C. 3. Boston 4. Chicago 5. San Francisco 6. Seattle This is a list of very formidable competition – the urban heavyweight division if you
Reston Town Center. Photo credit: Visit Fairfax, FXVA.
will - so Washingtonians should be very proud of their ranking in WalkUPs. The Dulles Area Transportation Association sees great promise in making the Dulles Cor-
ridor a very WalkUP oriented community and is poised to continue its efforts in promoting mobility options and assisting our stakeholders in achieving WalkUP success!
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INMED Family & Youth Opportunity Center: Creating Avenues for Success in Communities at Risk When children live in poverty and in unstable environments, they live at risk. They become vulnerable to drugs, crime and an incomplete education, eventually perpetuating the cycle of poverty as adults. In the Northern Virginia area, many children are living in just such an environment. In parts of Sterling, an average of 6 in 10 children are economically disadvantaged, and the number of at-risk youths is also on the rise. For many of these children, there
is no affordable option for after-school activities, leaving them without supervision and more vulnerable to crime and delinquency. Their parents often lack skills that can help them provide a more stable home for their children. The INMED Family & Youth Opportunity Center provides educational services and resources that families need to raise healthy, responsible and resilient children, while building a sense of community and achiev-
ing economic self-sufficiency. INMED accomplishes these milestones via three program areas: After School Academic Enrichment and Summer Day Camp: Offering daily homework completion, individualized tutoring and a roster of STEAM-related educational and extra-curricular activities for referred students. Healthy Families Loudoun and Homelessness Prevention: Providing consistent home visiting and
support services to help families address parenting challenges, and build economic sustainability to maintain permanent housing. Workforce Skills Development: Offering entrepreneurial workshops and career-support resources in preparation for INMED’s biannual job fairs, which feature an array of industry recruiters actively pursuing employable candidates. Please consider supporting INMED financially
or volunteering at the Opportunity Center. Visit https://opportunity.us or email Cecilia Capece, Executive Director, at ccapece@ inmed.org for more details.
TU VIDA ES FRÁGIL. Usa el cruce de peatones.
Un programa de Metro, Distrito de Columbia, Maryland y Virginia.
Fairfax County Board of Supervisors celebrates a record 16 Best Workplaces for Commuters The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors celebrated a record 16 local employers for their recognition as Best Workplaces for Commuters, at the December Board Meeting. To achieve this standard of excellence employers must provide an array of commuting options to their staff and apply for recognition through the University of South Florida’s Center for Urban Transportation Research. The Fairfax County Commuter Services (FCCS) team appreciates the significant impact recipients can and do have in reducing congestion, and supports them by sponsoring their applications and through efforts to bolster eligibility. FCCS and the employers partner to provide commuters with options like: Guaranteed Ride Home: This service is provided through a partnership of local transportation entities (like FCCS) called Commuter Connections. Through this program commuters who regularly (twice a week) carpool, vanpool, bike, walk or take transit to work, can receive a FREE ride home when an emergency arises. The service can be used up to four times per year and can empower employees to try new commuting options. Financial Incentives: The Commuter Benefits program is an IRS compliant platform that allows employers to provide staff with an opportunity to assign pre-tax income directly to a SmarTrip card, for use Metrobus, Metrorail and Fairfax Connector buses. FCCS supports individuals trying transit for the first time, through their employer’s Commuter
2017 BWC Ceremony, Official FCDOT. Benefits program, with a program called Plu$50, which provides them with a SmarTrip card free of cost and preloaded with 50 dollars! Ridesharing: Individuals who commuter to, through or from Fairfax County can use their free, online Commuter Connections account to find partners to carpool or vanpool with, based on commute origins and/or destinations. Fairfax County also provides individual ridematching assistance through RideSources which can be reached here: (703) 877-5900. Vanpool: FCCS works with the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation to provide employees in Fairfax County access to temporary funding for vanpools. The VanStart program funds empty seats during the critical start-up period, while additional riders are recruited.
The VanSave program partially funds existing vanpools experiencing problems due to loss of riders. Teleworking: Employers in Fairfax County can receive cost-free assistance from FCCS and TeleworkVA! to create, formalize or expand telework (or work-fromhome) programs or to leverage any relevant and available tax credits. Corporate Bikeshare memberships: The Fairfax County Department of Transportation is proud to have recently launched Bikeshare in Reston and Tysons! The County currently has 17 stations and will add more in South Reston in the spring of 2018. Bikeshare provides easy, flexible and affordable transportation from point A to point B (meaning that one can leave a bike in a different location from where it was picked up), making it ideal for lunches, meetings
and errand and memberships can be used region-wide, in all Capital Bikeshare systems. Employers in Fairfax County have the opportunity to purchase reduced-cost corporate memberships for their staff. Over the last seven years, 79 employers, large and small, private and public, have been recognized County-wide. This year’s recipients are: Ace Info Solutions Inc. Avenir Place Avizia Inc. Creative Systems and consulting LLC eTrans Systems Farm Credit Administration Foxhole Technology Gabriel Marketing Group H2 CFO Consulting K Force Government Solutions, Inc. (KGS) Mosaic New Oasis International Education
Open Technology Group Remine SOS International Upskill If you are interested in bringing these and other commuting options to your workplace, or believe that your office may qualify as a Best Workplace for Commuters, contact Fairfax County Commuter Services for free consultation and support: (703) 877-5600. Fairfax County Department of Transportation (FCDOT) ensures nondiscrimination in all programs and activities in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). To request this information in an alternate format, contact FCDOT at 703-877-5600, TTY 711.
Live More Communte Less: FOCUS! Try it…you’ll like it! That’s the...er...focus…of DATA’s Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation’s Live More Commute Less: FOCUS! grant which is building a “Believe It!” community of Reston residents, employers, and employees who are interested in using Capital Bikeshare, their own two-wheels (unicycles and tricycles, too!) or even their feet to traverse the “last mile” to the Wiehle-Reston East Metro station. To encourage biking or walking to Metro, DATA recently mailed a SmarTrip card and free Capital Bikeshare coupons to select members of the community – now numbering over 250 “believers” enlisted through various events and activities held since July – and invited each recipient to share a selfie taking advantage of their
Jay Paull. non-SOV (Single Occupant Vehicle) commuting choice. Commuters submitting photos were entered in a drawing for a $50 gift card to the Bike Lane, a Live More Commute Less Believe It
t-shirt, and various logoed biking-related goodies. The winner was Jay Paull, who obviously made good use of his SmarTrip card to take transit…encouraging everyone to discover how not
driving alone can save time and money, thus giving you more life to live. Jay’s smiling face is proof positive! DATA also shared his story on social media.
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avoiding the tolls for their riders. Rental car customers should check with their rental agency to learn which toll payment options are offered with their vehicle. During non-rush periods, I-66 is open to traffic, free of charge or the need for E-ZPass. More
information is available at 66expresslanes.org. One rule that hasn’t changed involves the Dulles Airport Access Highway between the beltway and Dulles Airport. The highway remains tollfree and is for airport passengers and business only.
New Road Rules in the Dulles Corridor BY ROB YINGLING Dulles Airport passengers should take note of new rules affecting roadway travel between the airport and downtown Washington, D.C. Prior to December, drivers on airport business could use I-66 east of the Capital Beltway at all times without restric-
tion. But new rules introduced by the Virginia Department of Transportation now require E-ZPass in vehicles on I-66 eastbound during the morning rush (5:30 – 9:30 a.m.) and westbound during the evening rush (3 - 7 p.m.).
All drivers on I-66, including Dulles Airport passengers, are subject to the posted tolls unless they have at least two people in the car and an E-ZPass Flex set to “HOV” mode. Most taxis and rideshares are equipped with a flex transponder,
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George Washington Birthday Celebration! Northern Virginia is fortunate to be home to George Washington, Revolutionary War hero and the first President of the United States, just some of many other noteworthy accomplishments. The City of Alexandria and Fairfax County host annual events throughout the month of February celebrating George Washington’s birthday. Every year the events change and new activities are added. The schedule of events for 2018 is below.
Alexandria Celebrates Washington’s Birthday throughout February! The “Cherry Challenge” The “Cherry Challenge” is a competition among the finer restaurants in Alexandria. Each restaurant develops its own cherry cocktail, appetizer, entrée, and/or dessert, in honor of our distinguished native son, of course! The competing restaurants and their entries will be listed on the website below and the winners will be announced on Parade Day. Dates: January
5-9 Telework Week 2018 Your most productive employees may be working from home. Employees who telework tend to have higher morale and are more likely to stay with their employer. Learn more about how your business can receive tax credits and assistance in setting up a pilot program or expanding your existing program at teleworkva.org.
28 through February 11, 2018. For more information, go to: www.washingtonbirthday.net “Walking with Washington” Did you know that there are over 140 places in Alexandria that are associated with George Washington? This tour is designed to show you some of them and expand your knowledge of Washington and Alexandria, his home town. Dates: Every Sunday in February (4th, 11th, 18th, & 25th, 2018). Ticket Price: Free! Advance reservations not required. Time: 2 p.m. (tour lasts about ninety minutes). Location: Meet at the Ramsay House Visitors Center, 221 King St, Alexandria 22314. Status: for status information go to www.washingtonbirthday.net or call (703) 829-6640. 18th Century Dance Classes In preparation for the Birthnight Ball, learn 18thcentury English country dancing from expert dance instructors. Dates: Dates & Times to be determined. Location: Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St.; phone: (703) 746-4242. To register, go to: www.alexandriava.gov/ GadsbysTavern Birthnight Banquet & Ball You are invited to the re-creation of this famous
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celebration of Washington’s Birthday set in the year 1799. The evening includes an 18thcentury banquet, English country dancing, dessert collation, character re-enactors, and General and Mrs. George Washington. Period costume optional; “after-five” attire encouraged. To attend the Ball only, please arrive at 9 p.m. Date: Saturday, February 17, 2018 Time: 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Location: Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St. Ticket Price: Tiered pricing for this event. Advance reservations required. To purchase tickets, go to: www.alexandriava.gov/shop. Site Contact: Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, telephone (703) 7464242. Status: for status information go to www.washingtonbirthday.net or call (703) 829-6640.
Alexandria George Washington Birthday Celebration Schedule for 2018 Revolutionary War Reenactment at Fort Ward Park Historic camp and tactical demonstrations throughout the day including a Revolutionary War skirmish between the Redcoats and the Colonial Army at 2 p.m. Date: Sunday, February 18, 2018; Time: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Location: Fort Ward Park, 4301 W. Braddock Road Ticket Price: Free. Registration is not required. Site Contact: Fort Ward Museum; telephone (703) 838-4848. For more information, go to: www.washingtonbirthday.net. Status: for status information go to www.washingtonbirthday.net or call (703) 829-6640. Parade Day! Monday February 19, 2018 Breakfast & Meeting of the Friendship Veterans Fire Engine Association. Meet special guests, and enjoy a hearty breakfast with members of this historic association. Time: 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Ticket Price: $35.
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For more information and to purchase tickets, go to: www.friendshipf ireco.org. Speaker: To be announced. Location: the Alexandrian Hotel (formerly the Hotel Monaco) 480 King Street, Alexandria 22314. Status: for status go to www.washingtonbirthday.net or call (703) 829-6640. Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier of the Revolution. Organized by the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Sons of the American Revolution. Colonial military and civilians honor the soldiers of the Revolution. Time: 11:00 a.m. to Noon. Ticket Price: Free. Location: Old Presbyterian Meeting House, 321 So. Fairfax Street, Alexandria. Status: for status go to www.washingtonbirthday. net/status or call (703) 829-6640. Armed Forces Community Covenant Ceremony. Join us as we honor our Nation’s Veterans, Active Military, and their families with music, games and activities for children, military vehicles, demonstrations, informational booths and displays Time: 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Ticket Price: Free. Location: Parade Reviewing Stand at Market
Square (King & Royal Streets) Status: for status information go to www.washingtonbirthday.net or call (703) 8296640. For information go to www.washingtonbirthday.net George Washington Birthday Parade The largest parade in the USA that celebrates Washington’s Birthday - in his chosen hometown! Time: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Location: Old Town Alexandria. Grand Marshal: To be announced. Status: for status go to www.washingtonbirthday.net or call (703) 829-6640. On PARADE DAY, PARKING is FREE at the parking lots adjacent to the Eisenhower Avenue Metro Station; from here, a FREE DASH shuttle bus will take you downtown and back from 11 A.M. TO 4 P.M. The free KING STREET TROLLEY service will also be in operation all day until 11 p.m. from King Street Metro Station going east and west along King Street. For DASH service to other events, call (703) 746-3274 or go to www.dashbus.com. Alexandria George Washington Birthday Celebration Schedule for 2018
Historic Alexandria sites “Open Houses”: Admission is free to these sites on Parade Day...in honor of the birthday of George Washington. For more information, please contact each individual site. Gadsby’s Tavern Museum: 134 North Royal Street, Alexandria. Time: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Contact: Gadsby’s Tavern Museum – phone 703) 7464242 Friendship Firehouse Museum: 107 S. Alfred St., Alexandria. Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Contact: Friendship Firehouse Museum – (phone (703) 838-3891 The Lyceum: 201 S. Washington St.; Time: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Contact: The Lyceum, Alexandria’s History Museum - phone (703) 838-4994 Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum: 105-107 S. Fairfax St.; Time: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Contact: Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum, telephone (703) 746-3852 George Washington’s Birthday - Thursday, February 22, 2018 “I Cannot Tell A Lie: Myths about George Washington that Should be Discarded”
Abigail Adams said that truth was George Washington’s best eulogy. Professor Peter Henriques examines a number of the various myths that have developed and which keep us from better understanding the remarkable individual who was our first and greatest president. Doors open at 7 p.m., lecture begins at 7:30. Tickets: $12 per person or $10 for Society members and volunteers. Location: Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 N. Royal St.; phone: (703) 7464242 Saturday, February 24, 2018 Events Organized by the George Washington Masonic National Memorial. For information about the following events, please go to
Annual George Washington Symposium at 1:00 p.m., George Washington Symposium in the North Lodge Room. Speakers and program to be announced. Free. Annual George Washington Birthday Gala. Attire: Formal (White Tie Optional.) Tickets $125, reservations required. Reception at 5:30 p.m., entertainment in the Memorial Theater at 6:45 p.m., Banquet in the Memorial’s Grand Masonic Hall at 7:30 p.m. The Presentation of the George Washington Memorial Award will take place during the banquet. Tickets for the Gala are $125, and may be purchased at website, http://gwmemorial.org.
Visit washingtonbirthday.net for the most up to date information by the George Washington Birthday Celebration Committee. The committee maintains a 24-hour phone line that will report any change of status or the cancellation of any event (in case of inclement weather, for instance). Call the Events Hotline (703) 829-6640 at any time.
Winter Driving Tips
Commuters, Carpoolers, and Vanpoolers Should Focus on Your Safety Adapted from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration When the chilly temperatures of winter set in, will your vehicle be ready for the cold? We live in a part of the country that experiences inclement weather, such as heavy rain, snow and ice. And we have a large number of carpoolers and vanpoolers in our region. Inclement weather can have a paralyzing effect on your daily commute. Are you prepared to drive in those conditions? Planning and preventative maintenance are important year-round—
but especially when it comes to winter driving.
BEFORE YOU GO
Get Your Car Serviced - No one wants their car to break down in any season, but especially not in cold, icy or snowy winter weather. Start the season off right by ensuring your vehicle is in optimal condition. Know Your Car - Every vehicle handles differently; this is particularly true when driving on wet, icy, or snowy roads. Take time now to learn how your vehicle handles under winter weather driving conditions.
Before driving your vehicle, clean snow, ice or dirt from the windows, the forward sensors, headlights, tail lights, backup camera and other sensors around the vehicle. For electric and hybridelectric vehicles, minimize the drain on the battery. If the vehicle has a thermal heating pack for the battery, plug your vehicle in whenever it’s not in use. Pre-heat the passenger compartment before you unplug your vehicle in the morning.
VEHICLE SAFETY CHECKLIST
Stock Your Vehicle Carry items in your vehicle to handle common winter driving-related tasks, such as cleaning off your windshield, as well as any supplies you might need in an emergency. Keep the following in your vehicle: Snow shovel, broom, and ice scraper; abrasive material such as sand or
kitty litter, in case your vehicle gets stuck in the snow; jumper cables, flashlight, and warning devices such as flares and emergency markers; blankets for protection from the cold; and a cell phone with charger, water, food, and any necessary medicine (for longer trips or when driving in lightly populated areas).
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JAN/FEB 2018 Plan Your Travel and Route
Keep yourself and others safe by planning ahead before you venture out into bad weather. Check the weather, road conditions, and traffic. Don’t rush! Allow plenty of time to get to your destination safely. Plan to leave early if necessary. Familiarize yourself with directions and maps before you go, even if you use a GPS system, and let others know your route and anticipated arrival time.
ON THE ROAD
or to keep warm. If road conditions are hazardous, avoid driving if possible. Wait until road and weather conditions improve before venturing out in your vehicle. On longer trips, plan enough time to stop to stretch, get something to eat, return calls or text messages, and change drivers or rest if you feel drowsy.
Avoid Risky Driving Behaviors Do not text or engage in any activities that may distract you while driving. Obey all posted speed limits, but drive even slower if necessary for weather conditions.
Keep your gas tank close to full, even with a hybrid-electric vehicle. If you get stuck in a traffic jam or in snow, you might need DATA-2017-6-58125x4-rev-1.pdf more fuel than you anticipated to get home
Driving in Winter Conditions
Navigating Around Snow Plows
Drive slowly. It’s harder to control or stop your vehicle on a slick or snow-covered surface. On the road, increase your following distance enough so that you’ll have plenty of time to stop for vehicles ahead of you. Know whether your vehicle has an antilock brake system and learn how to use it properly. Antilock brake systems prevent your wheels from locking up during braking. If you have antilock brakes, apply firm, continuous pressure to the brake pedal. If you don’t have antilock brakes, you may need to pump your brakes if you feel your wheels starting to lock up. 10:03 AM 4/6/17
Don’t crowd a snow plow or travel beside it. Snow plows travel slowly, make wide turns, stop often, overlap lanes, and exit the road frequently. The road behind an active snow plow is safer to drive on. If you find yourself behind a snow plow, stay behind it or use caution when passing. When you are driving behind a snow plow, don’t follow or stop too closely. A snow plow operator’s field-ofvision is limited; if you can’t see the mirrors, the driver can’t see you. Also, materials used to de-ice the road could hit your vehicle. Snow plows can throw up a cloud of snow that can reduce your visibility to zero in less time than you
can react. Never drive into a snow cloud – it can conceal vehicles or hazards.
What To Do in a Winter Emergency If you are stopped or stalled in wintry weather, follow these safety rules: Stay with your car and don’t over exert yourself. Put bright markers on the antenna or windows and keep the interior dome light turned on. To avoid asphyxiation from carbon monoxide poisoning. don’t run your car for long periods of time with the windows up or in an enclosed space. If you must run your vehicle, clear the exhaust pipe of any snow and run it only sporadically — just long enough to stay warm.
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Washington Dulles International Airport
Wiehle-Reston East Metro Station
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METRO Skating Glide your way through winter car free! In need of some outdoor exercise that doesn’t require driving your car to the location? Why not try taking METRO to one of these six outdoor ice skating rinks conveniently located near a variety of METRO stations. Hours of operation and fees vary from site to site, particularly during some warm, or extremely cold weather situations. Best to call in advance. So, get off the couch, grab your blades and jump on a METRO train to the nearest rink and have some great winter fun! National Gallery of Art Ice Rink (Blue/Orange Lines Smithsonian Mall Exit, or Yellow/Green Lines Archives 7th Street Exit) The 2017–2018 ice-skating season begins November 18 and continues through March 11, weather permitting. Experience ice-skating in the Sculpture Garden while surrounded by large-scale sculptures by contemporary artists, including Louise Bourgeois, Sol LeWitt, Tony Smith, Roy Lichtenstein, Roxy Paine, and others. Rental skates are available for a fee. Hours Monday–Thursday: 10 a.m.–9 p.m. Friday: 10 a.m.–11p.m. Saturday: 11 a.m.–11 p.m. Sunday: 11 a.m.–9 p.m. Please note the ice rink will be closed when it rains or when the temperature dips below 20°F. For the current status, please call (202) 216-9397. Admission fee required. The National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden is located on the National Mall at 7th Street and Constitution Avenue NW,
is bounded by Constitution Avenue and Madison Drive and by 7th and 9th Streets NW. During the evening, when the Gallery and Sculpture Garden are closed to the public, access to the ice rink is restricted to the entrances at Constitution Avenue near 7th Street and Madison Drive near 9th Street. Canal Park Ice Rink (Green Line Navy Yard/Ballpark New Jersey Ave. Exit; Circulator Bus as well) Canal Park is a stunning public park on the site of the historic Washington Canal in the heart of DC’s Capitol Riverfront neighborhood. With its dancing fountains in summer, vibrant ice rink in winter, and LEED Gold-certified water reuse systems, Canal Park is a sustainable and green neighborhood gathering place, and a destination for the entire city. Canal Park is located in the vibrant Capitol Riverfront neighborhood at 2nd & M St. SE, one block from the Navy Yard/Ballpark Metro (New Jersey Ave. Exit). Street address is: 202 M Street, SE Washington, DC 20003. Fee for admission. Hours Monday & Tuesday: 12pm-10pm Wednesday, Thursday & Friday: 12pm-10pm Saturday: 10am-11pm Sunday: 10am-10pm Pentagon Row Ice Rink (Blue and Yellow Line Pentagon City Exit) The plaza at Pentagon Row underwent major renovations to create a year-round experience for guests, and now boasts an ice rink that is
50% larger with an outdoor dual-sided stone fireplace for lounging during skating breaks. Pentagon Row’s 6,840 square foot ice rink is now the largest outdoor rink in Northern Virginia, and the second largest in the state. Located at Pentagon Row Fashion Mall at 1201 Joyce Street, Arlington, VA. Phone: 703-418-6666. Fee for admission. Hours Sunday: 10am - 7pm or 10pm* Monday: Noon - 10pm Tuesday: Noon - 10pm Wednesday: Noon - 10pm Thursday: Noon - 7pm or 10pm* Friday: Noon - 11pm Saturday: 10am - 11pm *If there are Ice Rentals the rink will close at 7pm and re open at 9pm Tysons Corner Ice Rink (Silver Line Tysons Corner Exit) Glide your way into Winter on the beautiful Tyson’s Corner Center Ice Rink! Open daily, with extended holiday hours, it offers not only public skating, but learn-toskate lessons, birthday parties, weekly cartoon skates and Saturday Night Rock ‘n Skate. Just over 6,000 square feet, the rink is also perfect for private parties and corporate outings. The Skate Shop (2nd floor, next to Lord & Taylor) has over 500 pairs of skates in stock, from Toddler size 8 to a Men’s size 14, with figure, hockey and double-bladed skates available. The Tysons Corner Center Ice Rink is located on the plaza between Lord & Taylor and Hyatt Regency. The Skate Shop is located inside,
2nd floor next to Lord & Taylor. Address for the Tysons Corner Center Ice Rink; 1961 Chain Bridge Rd., McLean, VA 22102. Phone: 703-3561240. Fee for admission. Hours Monday-Tuesday: 3pm-7pm Wednesday-Thursday: 3pm-9pm Friday: 1pm-11pm Saturday: 11am-11pm Sunday: 11am-7pm Reston Town Center Ice Rink (Silver Line Whiele Avenue/Reston Exit) Reston Town Center Ice Skating Pavilion is open seasonally from early Novembermid-March, offering public skating every day and extended hours for all Holidays. The skate shop is stocked with over 500 pairs of skates ranging from size 8 toddler through men’s size 13, in both Figure and Hockey styles. For the beginner skaters, try the double bladed, flat edge skates to walk across the ice until you’re ready to glide into a single bladed skate, available in size Youth 8-13. Located in the heart of Reston Town Center at 1818 Discovery Street, Reston, VA. Phone: 703-709-6300. Fee for admission.
Hours Monday: 11am - 7pm Tuesday: 11am - 7pm Wednesday: 11am - 10pm Thursday: 11am - 10pm Friday: 11am - 11pm Saturday: 11am - 11pm Sunday: 11am - 7pm Rockville Town Square Ice Rink (Red Line Rockville Exit) The ice rink at Rockville Town Square is the largest outdoor ice skating rink between Baltimore and Washington DC. It is the largest in all of Montgomery County. The rink is 7,200 square feet. This year, Rockville Town Square has partnered with the City of Rockville, Tri-State Ice Management, and VisArts to engage local artist, Emily Eisinger, to create artwork on our rink. The colorful, abstract artwork spans the length of the rink. Located in the heart of Rockville, MD at the Rockville Town Square. 131 Gibbs Street, Rockville, MD. Phone: 301-5451999. Fee for admission. Hours Monday: Thursday: Noon - 10 pm Friday: Noon - 11pm Saturday: 10am - 11pm Sunday: 10am -10pm Extended hours on Holidays
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