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      goDCgo is an initiative of the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) that encourages the use of sustainable transportation. We provide complimentary transit resources and consulting services to DC organizations and commuters. Our goal serves to decrease traffic congestion, improve air quality and create a better quality of life in the DC area.
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      Go Beyond the Blossoms with Circulator

      March 19, 2019

      Washington, DC’s iconic cherry blossoms will soon be in full bloom and with them comes the National Cherry Blossom Festival and all it has to offer. This year's National Cherry Blossom Festival will take place from March 20 to April 14, 2019. In addition to the abundance of festival activities, various restaurants and attractions across the District have partnered with the festival to bring the spirit of the season to the entire city....

      Cherry Blossom Festival: What to Know Before You Go

      March 14, 2019

      Are you ready for one of DC’s largest spectator events? Every year, more than 1.5 million visitors from around the world travel to the District to witness a transformation — the annual blooming of the cherry blossom trees. Gifted to our nation's capital by Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo in March 1912, more than 3,000 cherry blossom trees bring an explosion of life to the city and are celebrated with a series of events that are primarily free and open to the public. This year's National Cherry Blossom Festival will take place on March 20 to April 14, 2019 and we're here to provide you with all you should know before you go!...

      Best Spots for Cherry Blossoms

      March 13, 2019

      Here in the District, spring signifies more than just the arrival of warm weather — the season marks the blooming of our world-famous cherry blossom trees, symbolizing the natural beauty of our nation's capital city.  ...

      #BikeInBloom is on the Move!

      March 12, 2019

      #BikeInBloom is back -- and it's gone electric! Yup, you heard us right. Our beloved #BikeInBloom has passed the baton to an e-bike this year. Be on the lookout for this beauty now through April 14, 2019 and you could be a lucky weekly prize winner!...

      Women Paving the Way in Transportation History

      March 08, 2019

      Happy International Women's Day and Women's History Month! Thousands of strong and innovative women have helped transform the way we think about and use transportation. Their contributions have not only enhanced safety but also increased the efficiency of all modes within the transportation industry. Let's learn a little more about some of these amazing women....

      Are You Ready for Summer Platform Closures?

      March 06, 2019

      Are you a Metrorail rider in Alexandria or southern Fairfax County? Beginning on Saturday, May 25 through Sunday, September 8, 2019, the Yellow and Blue Lines will be shut down south of Ronald Reagan National Airport for full platform reconstruction and major station improvements. Customers should allow extra travel time and identify alternatives to using the affected Metrorail stations....

      Let's Take on TELEWORK DC!

      February 20, 2019

      Happy Telework Week! This year the District is joining Virginia in encouraging local employers to allow qualifying employees to work remotely at least one day during Telework Week, March 4-8, 2019....

      African American Contributions to Transportation

      February 12, 2019

      The depth and breadth of African American contributions to the American experience are immense. When it comes to transportation, the impacts have been felt worldwide. Below are just a few examples of African American designers, inventors, and engineers who have made a lasting impact on how we get around today....

      Ride Smart with SmarTrip®

      February 05, 2019

      Do you ride the rail or bus? If not, now's the time to start! We encourage you to try transit this winter. Whether you're a rookie or a vet to public transit, we want to make sure you're familiar with all the perks that having a SmarTrip® card provides you with as a local transit rider. A SmarTrip® card is a durable, plastic, rechargeable farecard used to pay Metrorail and local bus system fares... and it's pretty "smart" because it keeps track of the value on the card!...

      New Year, New Commute

      January 14, 2019

      New year, new you! Did you make a new year's resolution to be more eco-friendly or perhaps to add more exercise to your daily routine? Fear not as goDCgo has some tips to help you reach both goals! DC has plenty of transportation options – including Metrorail, lots of buses, biking, walking, teleworking, etc. – to choose from and avoid driving into or within the District altogether. You could even switch it up by sharing a ride or scooting! Either way, we've got you covered with the best ways to commute in the District. Explore New Commute Options There is no shortage of commute options for you to try in the DC area. Bus: The metro DC area offers a robust network of local and regional bus options to get you to and around the city. In fact, two-thirds of commuters in the area live less than one mile away from a bus stop. When you choose to walk to your local bus stop to commute to work, you will be adding some extra steps to your day. To plan your trip, visit our bus resources page. Train: The DC area has several train options, including Metrorail, DC Streetcar, MARC, VRE, and Amtrak. By choosing to commute by rail, you will have more time in your day to catch up on work or do something fun like read a book instead of fighting traffic—this can ultimately reduce your stress level. Plus, if you live close enough to the train station to either walk or bike, you can incorporate your fitness routine into your commute. Find maps, apps, and other tools to help you plan your trips by rail. Biking: Did you know that 4.9% of DC residents bike to work every day? Join these residents to save money and improve your health by adding more exercise to your routine. If you don’t have your own bike, you can rent one through Capital Bikeshare; it has over 500 stations and more than 4,300 bikes across six jurisdictions. Now, Capital Bikeshare has upped the ante by adding 80 e-bikes to its system.  The new e-bikes, known as Capital Bikeshare Plus are all black and available for rent through the kiosk or through the CaBi app.  Additionally, dockless bikes and scooters are available to rent from multiple companies. Explore all the bike-friendliness in Washington by downloading the DC Bike Map. Walking: Did you know DC is the 7th most walkable city in the nation with 13.2% of commuters walking to work? You can walk 1,000 steps in around 10 minutes. So if you are looking to boost your fitness in the new year, try adding some more walking to your commute and daily routine around town. Take advantage of the region’s incredible pedestrian network by tapping into the maps and other tools. Rideshare: Fewer cars on the road means lower emissions and less stress for you. Share the ride through carpooling or vanpooling by connecting with co-workers or logging into Commuter Connections or the CarpoolNow app. Consider borrowing a vehicle using a carsharing service like car2go, Zipcar, or Maven. You can also participate in a slugline, which is an easy, informal way to carpool and take advantage of I-395/I-95 and I-66 HOV lanes between Northern Virginia and Washington. You can wait in line at designated pick-up locations to catch a carpool to a drop-off point. The DC metro area has over 30 slugline locations.  Teleworking: Talk to your supervisor or human resources department to check whether your company already offers a telework program. If your company doesn’t have a program in place, advocate for one. goDCgo’s Employer Services team can help walk your employer through the setup process. Which New Commute Options Will You Try?...

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