METRO SERVICE LEVELS & HOURS FURTHER REDUCED TO SUPPORT ESSENTIAL TRIPS ONLY, STARTING WEDNESDAY

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Rail system will close at 11PM daily until further notice… Buses may bypass stops if vehicle is too full…. Public urged to use Metro for essential trips only… Do not visit Cherry Blossoms

Metro’s Pandemic Task Force today announced major service reductions during the ongoing pandemic response. The changes further draw-down service to protect frontline employees, while maintaining regional mobility for essential trips taken by hospital staff, government officials, and emergency responders. The reduction takes into account the urgent public guidance from regional leaders, along with emergency orders to cancel events, close schools and offices, and limit social gatherings across the nation.

Our region is speaking with one voice: Stay home. Essential travel only. Metro ridership was down nearly 70 percent across the board yesterday. As a result, starting tomorrow, service will be further reduced – on both bus and rail – to allow even more cleaning and to reduce sharing of workspaces and vehicles for employee safety. For the first time, the Metro Task Force will reduce rail system hours with an earlier closing time across the week…

Census 2020 in Crystal City

In the midst of all the news about the virus, don’t forget to send in your response to the  2020 Census now. Now that we’re all supposed to be locked down, there’s really no excuse, even if there’s a delay because you have to send it in by mail. 

Between March 12-20, Arlingtonians and others will receive official Census Bureau mail that incudes an invitation with detailed information on how to respond to the 2020 Census online.  Responding online is strongly recommended.  A second option will be to respond by phone; a third option is by a paper questionnaire.  NOTE:  To complete the Census questionnaire online, you will need Your Census ID included in the invitation letter sent to you in the mail.  

The U.S. Census counts every resident in the nation.  Tell the Census Bureau where you live as of April 1, 2020, and include everyone living in your home.  As mandated by the U.S. Constitution, America gets just one chance each decade to count its population.  The results of the 2020 Census will help determine how much federal money Arlington, our neighboring communities, the Commonwealth of Virginia, and other states will receive every year for the next decade. These funds shape the future of roads and transportation, local schools, health care, housing assistance for older adults, fire prevention, wildlife in our parks, and much more.  The data also helps determine the number of seats Virginia has in the U.S. House of Representatives.  In the past, the 22202 zip-code area has been notoriously undercounted.  Everyone’s participation in 2020 can change that.

Livability Framework: Housing Affordability Workshop #2

In our first Housing Affordability Workshop, we focused on working through issues of housing barriers and neighborhood values.

On March 7, we will hold our second workshop on Housing Affordability in the 2202, focused on working through issues of housing barriers and neighborhood values.

Participants in this second workshop, who need not have attended the first, will learn about the tools available to address housing issues and coalesce around which ones we wish to advocate for. We will hear from experts, such as representatives from JBG, Arlington County and the Alliance for Housing Solutions, and then work together to find common ground.

Sat. March 7, 1:45 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Calvary Methodist Church
2315 S Grant Street

You can read more about the Livability 22202 Action Plan at http://livability22202.org/

Provide Input on the Capital Budget

The FY2021-FY2030 Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) is Arlington County’s 10-year plan for building, maintaining, upgrading or replacing County facilities, equipment and infrastructure. The plan is updated and adopted every two years.

To develop the right plan for our community, the county is asking for your help!

Tell us your priorities. Where should we be making investments? Which types of projects top your list? Your input will help guide the County Manager’s development of the CIP, which will be presented to the County Board in May. 

Police Need Your Help to Prevent Larcenies from Auto

The Arlington County Police Department is announcing numerous charges have been sought against suspects responsible for multiple auto theft and larceny cases throughout the County. This week, 11 warrants were obtained for Michael A. Brunner III, 18, of Washington, D.C. His charges include felony Stolen Auto, Grand Larceny and Credit Card Larceny, as well as misdemeanor Vehicle Trespassing and Petit Larceny. The Department also recently sought petitions for two juvenile suspects for Grand Larceny Auto.

The identification and apprehension of these suspects is just one step in reducing crimes of opportunity in Arlington County. Thieves are looking for easy, low effort opportunities to steal from hardworking members of the public. Reported incidents indicate that thieves often target multiple unlocked vehicles parked on streets, in driveways and in garages to rummage through personal property and steal items of value as well as vehicles with keys left inside. To help residents keep their vehicles and property safe, the Arlington County Police Department is sharing ways we can work together to reduce and prevent property crimes in our community.

Visit the website to learn more.