On March 19, the Arlington County Board honored 31 local businesses and properties for their dedication to sustainable transportation for employees and tenants, as part of Arlington Transportation Partners’ (ATP) Champions program.
The program—which celebrated its fifth year in 2018—is supported by Arlington County Commuter Services (ACCS). The program motivates businesses, multi-family residential communities, commercial properties, hotels, and schools to recognize the impact they can make to reduce traffic congestion in Arlington County.
The 31 Platinum Level Champions are companies in Arlington that have made a financial and cultural commitment to implementing transportation initiatives and programs. These Champions value a balanced corporate culture, including improved employee benefits, sustainability and a better work/life balance.
“2018 was the most successful Champions year yet, with 243 participants—including employers, commercial properties, hotels, multi-residential properties, and schools,” said Wendy Duren, program director with Arlington Transportation Partners. “The 31 Platinum Level Champions for 2018 have gone the additional mile to ensure Arlington County remains one of the best places to work and live in the nation. Their dedication and support help ensure a vibrant and sustainable future for their community. We thank them for leading by example, and we look forward to even more success in 2019 and beyond.”
Earlier this year, all participating businesses were honored at the annual banquet, which featured Arlington County Chair Christian Dorsey, Director of Transportation Dennis Leach and keynote speaker Michael Kodransky from The Institute for Transportation and Development Policy.
The event also celebrated the fifth anniversary of the Champions program, and recognized the organizations, businesses, employers, and residential properties that have participated since the inaugural year, as well as the Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing (APAH) for its commitment to ensuring Arlington residents have access to affordable means of transportation.
Champions 2019 has already started, and ATP will challenge all Champions to take their commitment even further and provide tangible programs that encourage employees, residents, and tenants to try more sustainable transportation options.
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Arlington Transportation Partners (ATP) provides transportation expertise and services to businesses, residential communities, commercial properties and schools in Arlington County. Since July 1998, ATP has assisted over 800 businesses, 300 residential communities, 41 schools, more than 43 hotels, and 80 site plan properties located in Arlington County to improve their transportation amenities and commuter benefits. Their innovative programs and expert knowledge base have made ATP the leading Transportation Demand Management (TDM) specialists in the country. ATP services and programs have significant impacts on commuting patterns, traffic congestion, personal health and air quality in Arlington County
Champions is a program that recognize businesses, residential properties, commercial properties and schools in Arlington County that show a commitment to encouraging the use of sustainable transportation modes such as public transit, ridesharing, biking and walking. Formerly called Workplace Commute Champions, Champions began as a pilot for employers only in 2013, and officially launched in 2014. More than 240 companies are enrolled including corporations, trade associations, governmental agencies and universities.