A Road Map for Sustainable Transportation

For many organizations including the 100+ participants in the Department of Energy and Environment’s Smarter DC Challenge, sustainability is a key tenet of vision, mission and values. Earlier this month, goDCgo partnered with the Challenge to present a workshop on incorporating transportation into sustainability goals. Transportation accounted for 28% of greenhouse gas emissions in 2012 and those emissions are increasing faster than any cause, according to the EPA. So what can organizations do to facilitate change?

Client-MeetingPublic transportation helps save 1.4 billion gallons of fuel annually. Encouraging employees to commute via mass transit can make a huge impact. The Sustainable DC Act of 2014 includes a measure to reduce the cost of commuting by mass transit, requiring employers with 20 or more employees to offer pre-tax transit benefits. In addition to the environmental benefits of promoting alternative transportation, organizations win big with tax savings and improved employee retention.

Taking transit, biking and walking also have significant health benefits for employees. People who commute by public transit get twice as much daily exercise as commuters who drive alone. The US Surgeon General recently made a rare call-to-action to promote walkability and physical activity, encouraging organizations to “adopt policies and programs that promote walking, bicycling and use of public transportation (e.g. provide access to fitness equipment and facilities, bicycle racks, walking paths and changing facilities with showers).” More recommendations can be found at surgeongeneral.gov.

Your employees have more choices than ever for commuting and getting in and around the District. Here are just a few ideas for making sustainable transportation the easy choice:Client-Meeting-2

Walking: Host a walking challenge or organize lunchtime walking groups; offer a taxable walking benefit.

Biking: Ask your building to offer secure bike parking and showers; consider offering the $20/month tax-free Bicycle Commuter Benefit and/or corporate Capital Bikeshare memberships.

Rail/bus: Offer tax-free transit benefits; keep bus and rail maps and brochures at your worksite and/or links available on your organization’s intranet; help employees know their backup options with effective internal communications.

Carpool/vanpool: Share the link to Commuter Connections’ free ridesharing database; offer reduced-fee or priority parking for employees who share the ride.

Telework: Update/create a formal policy and clearly communicate it to employees so they know what do in case of inclement weather or commute difficulties.

Car sharing: Sign up for corporate discounts with Zipcar, car2go, Enterprise CarShare and other vendors, both for company use and personal charges.

All transit modes: Spread the word about the region’s FREE Guaranteed Ride Home program, which provides a free emergency ride up to four times a year for employees who use alternative transportation.

Many of these items will make your employees happy while earning you big points in the Smarter DC Challenge. Sign up today to take advantage of mentorship and educational opportunities and compete in a friendly District-wide sustainability competition.

Need assistance with any of these transportation-related items? Contact goDCgo for complimentary support: info@godcgo.com or call 202-299-2186.


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Enjoy Parking Spaces in a New Way


Golden Triangle’s parKIT will be one of many converted parklets on September 18.

PARK(ing) Day is the third Friday in September and is a day designed to encourage people to rethink how we use public space. As we shared last month, a parklet is a conversion of on-street parking into a mini park, community seating and/or art location.

On September 18, parking spaces all around the city will be transformed from 9am – 4 pm. goDCgo will be on the 1200 block of G Street NW. Join us for games, prizes and loads of outdoor fun.

PARK(ing) Day began in 2005 and has spread across the globe in the last decade. All around the world, parking spaces will be transformed to enhance communities and encourage citizens to engage in how we use public space.

Last year goDCgo’s parklet helped the Capital Bikeshare system celebrate its fourth birthday and this year promises to be just as fun.


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10 Reasons You Don’t Want to Miss the Next SmartBenefits Employer Seminar

Commuter Benefits Seminar 2On August 13, Metro hosted another great seminar for employers to learn the ins and outs of saving big with SmartBenefits®. Account reps gave in-depth info about how and why to set up a free SmartBenefits® account to administer your organization’s pre-tax or subsidized transit benefits. goDCgo was there to share information about DC’s Commuter Benefits Ordinance and the wide variety of commuter resources employers can offer.

The next session will be held Tuesday, September 22 at Metro’s headquarters from 9:00-11:30am. Registration is free; click here to RSVP.

Here are 10 reasons to attend:

  1. See an interactive demo of how to set up a free SmartBenefits® online account and manage your employees’ benefits
  2. Meet your SmartBenefits® account rep so you know who to call if you have unexpected issues with your account
  3. Learn about SmartBenefits® AnyTime, a great feature that adds flexibility to your account by adding “reserve” funds so you can load new benefits after the monthly open enrollment period
  4. Pick up brochures and instructions to share with your employees as you roll out your new SmartBenefits® program or introduce it to new hires
  5. Receive Metro’s latest insider updates to share with your staff, such as the upcoming elimination of paper farecards
  6. Learn how SmartBenefits® makes it easy to comply with both IRS guidelines and DC’s Commuter Benefits Ordinance
  7. Get step-by-step instructions on how employees can allocate their benefits toward non-SmarTrip® transit fares such as commuter rail, commuter buses and vanpools
  8. Ask the experts how billing works, what to do if an employee loses their SmarTrip® card, or any other questions you may have
  9. Start saving money for your employees and your organization as soon as possible
  10. Meet me! I’m Grace Oran with goDCgo and I consult with hundreds of small businesses to large Fortune 500 clients on commuter transit benefits implementation

The Employer Services team at goDCgo offers complimentary assistance every step of the way to make offering commuter benefits easier than ever. From conducting commute surveys to creating custom marketing materials to advising on implementation, we are always here to help. Contact us today to get started with the commuter benefits plan that fits your organization best.

Email us: info@godcgo.com
Call us: 202-299-2186


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Catch These Great Deals

DC’s Summer Restaurant Week (Aug 17–23) is in full swing. Now through Sunday, participating restaurants are offering three-course prix-fixe lunches for $22 and dinners for $35.
Thrillist DC has compiled a list of “The 16 Most Important Restaurants in DC” based on the restaurants’ impact on the DC dining scene. Luckily, seven of those 16 restaurants are participating in Restaurant Week.

Here’s a handy guide to get you there car-free.

Restaurant Capital Bikeshare DC Circulator Metrobus Metrorail
BlackSalt Yes
Graffiato Yes Yes Yes Yes
Jaleo Yes Yes Yes
Old Ebbitt Grill Yes Yes Yes Yes
Rasika Yes Yes Yes Yes
Rasika West End Yes Yes Yes
Zaytinya Yes Yes Yes

Reservations can be made online through OpenTable. Be sure to use our interactive map to plan your travel to any of the other 200+ participating restaurants.


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10 Good-to-Know Facts about the DC Circulator’s New National Mall Route

Haven’t tried the new National Mall route yet? Check out these 10 facts that are sure to get you up and going from Union Station to the Lincoln Memorial and back.

For more information on the National Mall route, including a downloadable map with listed stops, visit nationalmall.dccirculator.com.




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