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DASH Challenges Commuters to “Try Transit”

Local commuters are encouraged to try public transit during Try Transit Week, September 15-19, in coordination with the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) and the American Public Transportation Association (APTA). Pledge to Try Transit and you will be automatically entered to win a one year of transit service and a pair of round-trip tickets on Amtrak’s Northeast Regional. Visit trytransitweek.org to learn more about the event and to enter your pledge. DASH is offering three chances for you to join us in Try Transit Week activities: 

1. Create a one minute video or submit your answer in writing, and answer the question: “Why Do You Take Transit?” Email your answer to DASHContest@alexandriva.gov. The winner will receive a DASH Goody Bag that includes a DASH Pass valid for one calendar month. Entries are due by September 30, 2014. 

2. Like DASH on Facebook, Follow DASH on Twitter, and subscribe to DASH eNews and be entered to win a DASH Pass. 

3. Join DASH at various Alexandria locations, and in Arlington at the Shirlington Transit Center, for transit give-a-ways. Enter for a chance to win a DASH Pass when you pledge to Try Transit and practice pedestrian safety! In our neighborhood, visit Shirlington Transit Center on Tuesday, September 16 from 4 to 6:30 pm.  

More information on these activities is available at www.dashbus.com/.

Take the Fairlington Survey: Neighbor-to-Neighbor Services

All Fairlington residents are invited to take a survey to indicate their interest in getting or giving help with a variety of simple household and neighborhood activities as part of the Fairlington’s Steering Committee on Intergenerational Strategies’ ongoing study. Responses are completely anonymous, and no commitment to serve or be served is being solicited.

Take the survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/fcagenerations

If you prefer a paper copy, you will find the survey inserted in the September All Fairlington Bulletin. The committee will hold a drop-in information exchange on Saturday, September 13, 10 am to 12 noon, at Fairlington Community Center, 3308 S. Stafford St., where you can ask questions, complete your form, and get assistance with the survey if needed. The deadline for responding to the survey is Tuesday, September 30.

FCA Meeting Weds, September 17

Please join the FCA on Wednesday, September 17, 7 pm, for its next meeting with Arlington County Board Chair Jay Fisette. View the agenda. The meeting will be held at 3308 S. Stafford St. Refreshments will be served.

Abingdon Elementary School’s LPBC

Carol Dabbs and Anne Wasowski were elected as FCA’s representatives on the Local Building Planning Committee (LBPC) for the renovation and expansion of Abingdon Elementary School, as recommended by the FCA Executive Board. Dabbs is the FCA Secretary and Wasowski is an at-large Director of the Fairlington Villages Condominium Association Board. Both are long-term Fairlington residents.

The Arlington School Board formally created the LBPC at its September 4 meeting. In addition to FCA’s representatives, the committee will include members from the Abingdon PTA, other civic associations from Abingdon’s service area, and Arlington Public Schools (APS) staff. The committee will work with the design and engineering team to examine how the proposed addition to Abingdon Elementary will be configured on the school site, including the impacts on the existing playground and field as well as potential reconfiguration of parking and access to the building.

The committee is expected to meet twice a month for roughly six months. APS hopes to begin construction at the site in the spring 2016, with the project to be completed in time for the beginning of school in the fall of 2017. Funding for the construction and renovation work is included in the school bond package that will be considered by Arlington voters in November.

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