Maybe you're unfamiliar with Transit Equity Day, but you've most certainly heard the courageous story of Rosa Parks. The two are inextricably linked.
Transit Equity Day honors the civil rights leader on her birthday, February 4. It was first celebrated by the US Department of Transportation in 2021 and in Arlington County in 2023. By honoring the legacy of Rosa Parks, Transit Equity Day emphasizes how convenient and accessible transit connects people to employment, education, and economic stability.
What's more, when people choose transit, they're contributing to a reduction in pollution caused by automobiles. And not only is transit good for the air, but it could be good for your health, too. According to the National Institutes of Health, transit users get more than three times the physical activity per day compared to auto users. Transit is good for the environment, good for your health, and it could be good for your wallet. According to the American Public Transportation Association, households can save more than $13,000 annually by taking public transportation and living with one less car.
This Transit Equity Day, we're celebrating some of the mobility options that are making transit more equitable and accessible for the National Landing community.
Bicycle safety is paramount in our community. The National Landing BID has been a steadfast partner with Arlington County in the planning and implementation of the Crystal City Bike Network, which is a protected and buffered bicycle network. Implementation began in Summer 2022 and will conclude by the end of 2024. Discover where the bike network can take you today.
One of the biggest investments currently underway in National Landing, the Long Bridge project will double rail capacity and add new bike connectivity between Arlington and Washington, D.C.
The first iteration of this bridge was built in 1808, the year James Madison was elected president. At that time, the bridge was used for foot, horse, and stagecoach traffic.
Planning for a new Long Bridge began in 2011. Now in the final phase, design and construction is anticipated to be complete by 2030. Once complete, there will be a new bridge span for rail traffic, and the original bridge will be repurposed for pedestrians and bicyclists to enjoy. You can learn more about the Long Bridge project here.
Throughout National Landing and beyond, we are committed to supporting and celebrating a robust multi-modal, accessible, and convenient transit network. Check out our Mobility Next report for more information about the billions of dollars in investment underway.