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2014 Year-End Review: Top 5 Blogs

Maggie Awad
Maggie Awad December 29, 2014 Maggie Awad is the former Marketing Director at Arlington Transportation Partners.
ATP TAKEAWAY: 2014 is almost to an end and as the team here at Arlington Transportation Partners (ATP) looks ahead to 2015, we’d be remiss if we didn’t celebrate all that happened in 2014. Read on to get the full scoop!

2014 is almost to an end and as the team here at Arlington Transportation Partners (ATP) looks ahead to 2015, we’d be remiss if we didn’t celebrate all that happened in 2014. Some of our major highlights include:

  • Our inaugural year of Champions was a huge success, recognizing 122 businesses, residential communities and commercial properties
  • Our team grew by 3 new members, welcoming Maggie, Alli and Jonathan to ATP
  • Our Property and Development program grew to now include non-site plan properties
  • We took on the challenge of TDM for Schools, further expanding our outreach and services

With each success, we’ve been able to become a stronger team that better serves you and Arlington County. We’re bringing you more information, better information, and all of that more consistently! Looking specifically to our blog, here are our top 5 stories of 2014!

5. Public Transportation Etiquette – The Golden Rules, written by Business Development Manager, Pinky Advani

“When riding public transit, some of that is not allowed (a la Metro rules and regulations); other things come down to being considerate. Together we can make riding a bus or train an enjoyable experience if we follow a few basic rules; I call it Pinky’s Public Transportation Etiquette. Get on board with these rules and then get on board your train or bus.”

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4. FAQ: Bicycle Friendly Businesses & How to Apply, written by Marketing Manager, Maggie Awad
Bicycle Friendly Business Logo

“Sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists, the BFB program recognizes businesses, properties, and universities for their efforts in promoting bicycling among employees and residents. There are 4 essential elements to being bicycle friendly: Engineering, Education, Encouragement and Evaluation & Planning.”

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3. Commuting on a Rainy Day, written by Business Development Manager, Keara Mehlert

“Rainy mornings like today certainly don’t make it easy to get out of bed in the morning, and it’s even harder to convince yourself to bike or walk to work when it’s wet and gross outside. Carpooling or taking public transit are good alternatives on rainy days, however, if you don’t feel like changing your commuting routine because of the weather, there are things you can do to stay safe and (relatively) dry.”

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2. 7 Tips for Living Without a Car in Arlington, written by guest blogger, Jessica E. Tavares

“Fortunately, in Arlington County, there are plenty of other ways of getting around that don’t require owning a vehicle. In fact, more and more Arlingtonians are moving in and most of them don’t own a car. Whether you want to be healthier, save money on gasoline or reduce your carbon footprint, now is the time to go car-free. Here are 7 tips to help you get started.”

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And the #1 blog of 2014….*drum roll please*

1. The Long Commute – What Are Your Options?, written by Business Development Manager, Keara Mehlert

VRE Commuter Train“However, for the majority of those who will not be biking 40 miles to work in the near future (including myself), what non-SOV (single occupancy vehicle) options are there for commuters who
don’t live close to local public transportation systems? In the Northern Virginia and DC region, there are actually many choices available for employees who live further away from Arlington in areas such as Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William counties. In addition, the recent transit benefit increase has made these options more affordable for commuters as well. Read below to learn about the different modes and transit systems that can help make your long-distance commute less stressful, cheaper, and a better part of your day!”

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If there’s a blog you loved, let us know in the comments. If there’s a blog that you think we need to write – then definitely, let us know in the comments! And if you're interested in contributing as a guest blogger, email me at

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