Alexandria, Va. – Transurban, the Virginia Department of Transportation’s (VDOT) partner on the 395 Express Lanes project, today announced that Arlington Public Schools Safe Routes to School will receive a $5,000.00 grant this quarter through the 395 Express Lanes Community Grant Program for an elementary bicycle education program.
From left to right: Joe Reed, Physical Education teacher at Abingdon Elementary School; Christine Manley, Corporate Relations Associate at Transurban; Mike Collazos, Physical Education teacher at Abingdon Elementary School; and two Abingdon Elementary School students.
“As a part of the Northern Virginia community, Transurban cares about the environment, safety and wellbeing of our neighbors,” said Nic Barr, vice president of operations, Transurban. “We strive to be good long-term partners in the region and, through the 395 Express Lanes Community Grant Program, seek opportunities to respond to the needs of neighborhoods within the I-395 corridor. We are excited to support Arlington Public Schools for their efforts to enhance safety and improve communities.”
“The safety habits we aim to instill through our VDOT Safe Routes to School program helps us make our neighborhoods safer for all traffic,” said Tim Norton, safe routes to school coordinator, Arlington Public Schools. “ We are thankful for receiving this grant and excited to be able to start an elementary bicycle education program that will teach our students bicycling skills, and provide opportunities to learn to bike for fitness, fun and recreation. By providing bicycle lessons at a young age, we hope that our students will have the confidence to choose biking as an inexpensive and environmentally friendly means of transportation.”
Arlingtonians for a Clean Environment, Four Mile Run Conservatory Foundation and Penrose Neighborhood Association also each received a $5,000.00 grant through the 395 Express Lanes Community Grant Program this quarter.
The next application deadline for the 395 Express Lanes Community Grant Program is June 30, 2016. Interested organizations and community members can learn more by reading the 395 Express Lanes Community Grant Program Overview and Guidelines and apply online at 395ExpressLanes.com/grant-application.
About the 395 Express Lanes
The 395 Express Lanes project will convert the I-395 HOV lanes to Express Lanes to provide travelers with faster, more predictable travel options. The project will extend the Express Lanes network and add a third lane along the project corridor. The 395 Express Lanes will span from Edsall Road to the vicinity of the Eads Street Interchange. The improvements will be delivered through a public-private partnership between the Virginia Department of Transportation and Transurban. Construction could begin as soon as spring 2017. For more information, please visit 395ExpressLanes.com.