Arlington Transportation Partners (ATP), a division of Arlington County Commuter Services (ACCS), today hosted a reception to recognize more than 120 businesses and organizations as Champions for their commitment to transportation initiatives, encouraging employees and residents to use alternate modes of transit. The companies receiving awards today demonstrated leadership in sustainable transportation programs by providing an array of benefits and services for their employees, residents and tenants. The efforts of each Champion and ATP continues to keep Arlington County at the forefront of urban areas offering employees and residents a better work-life balance in the Washington-Metropolitan region. Additionally, with the support of ACCS, these companies are playing a vital role in helping remove 41,000 cars from the road every day.*
In Arlington County, the current infrastructure gives employees, residents and visitors multiple options for getting to and around the County. People can choose to bike or walk to work using any shared use trails, ride ART or Metrobus or take Metro to any of the 11 Metro Stations located in Arlington County. The wide range of transit options makes Arlington one of the nation’s most livable cities, helping businesses attract a talented workforce and helping commercial property managers fill open office spaces.
“Arlington is a national leader in commuting and these companies have shown that innovative transportation programs not only reduce traffic congestion but also improve quality of life,” said Chris Hamilton, Bureau Chief, Arlington County Commuter Services.
Champions was created to recognize businesses, residential properties and commercial properties in Arlington County that have shown a commitment to encouraging the use of sustainable transportation modes such as public transit, ridesharing, biking and walking. Formerly called Workplace Commute Champions, Champions began as a pilot for employers only in 2013, and officially launched in 2014. Participation has since quadrupled to 122 companies including corporations, trade associations, governmental agencies and universities like George Mason University.
Companies and residential property managers, who are a part of Champions, understand there is a need to reward the right behaviors,” said Hamilton. “Just giving people the right tools, options and flexibility to support their commute is effective.”
In addition to hundreds of community business leaders, Dennis Leach, Arlington County Director of Transportation, was also in attendance at the reception, held this morning at the Artisphere. Angie Fox, President and CEO of the Crystal City Business Improvement District, gave the keynote address and spoke about how transportation options have contributed to the culture and active lifestyle of Arlington County.
“Arlington County has been noted as one of the best places in the region to work and live. This is where people want to be. They want to be someplace that’s vibrant–where they can get to work one way and decide they want to go meet friends for dinner another way. That’s what Arlington is all about, a place where people don’t necessarily have to drive to do what they want to do. We’re honored to be here today to help recognize the Champions that make this possible,” said Wendy Duren, Program Director, Arlington Transportation Partners.
* According to ACCS Making an Impact Reports, available at http://mobilitylab.org/2013/08/30/accs-making-an-impact-fy13/