Alternative Transportation in the Spotlight This Week

by Karen Goff September 19, 2016 at 1:00 pm 10 Comments

METRO Wiehle-Reston EastThis week (Sept. 19-23) is Try Transit Week in Virginia, and Fairfax County is hoping citizens get involved and get commuting by methods other than four wheels.

The county is even offering prizes for the most enthusiastic public transportation users. The county is holding a social media contest. If you take transit and post about it this week, you could win a $50 SmarTrip card or other prizes.

Here is what to do:

If you live or work in Fairfax County, celebrate Try Transit Week with us by liking Fairfax County Transportation on Facebook ( @fairfaxconnector) or by following them on Twitter @ffxconnector.

When you do that and mention them in a post, you will be automatically entered into the contest. Prizes include daily winners of  a $50 SmarTrip card and a Grand Prize winner who will receive two (2) $50 SmarTrip cards.

Visit this Fairfax County page for more details on what to post and how to tag.

Try Transit Week includes Car Free Day on Thursday.

Car Free Day is a free international event celebrated every September 22 in which people are encouraged to get around without driving alone in cars and instead ride a train, bus, bicycle, carpool, vanpool, subway, or walk. For those that have the ability to work from home, telework also counts. Car Free Day is open to all people in the Washington metropolitan area.

If you are going Car Free,  fill out the pledge form, then go car free or go car-lite on Thursday. Once you pledge, you’re automatically entered for a chance to win prizes, such one-year membershiop to Crunch Fitness, an annual Capital Bikeshare membership, and more.

Additionally, there is a Live More block party at Reston Town Center Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Reps will be on hand for you to “discover how to live more by making a better commuting choice.” There will also be refreshments, exhibits and family friendly activities.

  • One Really

    I think I’m confused here. I thought folks within the transit circle were asking us to avoid the Metro during the safely surge.
    Why would you try something during a time like this one?

  • Scott H

    Maybe don’t have “Try transit week” during a 6 week stretch when the most used Virginia Metro line is in the middle of a Safetrack maintenance shutdown.

  • Drive fast&take chances

    It’s a bad week for public safety and I don’t see increased security, furthermore Metro appears unreliable and all of this week there is work on the orange line.

  • Chuck Morningwood

    Looks like it’s going to be a good day for the bike. Or maybe I’ll leave even earlier and walk.

  • Mike M

    Believe it or not, Metro doesn’t go to my workplace. Biking at rush hour is dangerous, especially on my routes to work. Too far to walk.

    • vdiv

      Take a bus? It will only take three times longer 😉

      • Mike M

        And it doesn’t have Sirius Radio!

    • Why do you bother?

      Yeah, biking to Gaithersburg = not an option.

  • Rational Reston

    For a lot of folks, public transportation in the area is neither cost or time efficient.

    Reston to Arlington via Metro About $15 a day and and hour (give or take)
    In a car (without the DTR) $4 in gas and an hour+ (parking also not included)

  • Why do you bother?

    I’ll try this…right after I’m done with “Gnaw off my arm and feed it to a mountain lion” week.


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