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Express Lanes Award the Workhouse Arts Foundation a Community Grant

Jun 23, 2016

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Alexandria, Va.– Transurban, the operator of the 495 and 95 Express Lanes, today announced that the Workhouse Arts Foundation will receive a grant this quarter through the 495 and 95 Express Lanes Community Grant Program for their Service member Community Art Partnership and Exchange (SCAPE) Scholarships.  The scholarships provide visual arts and art therapy classes to active and retired Service members. 

From left to right:  Christine Manley, Transurban; Brett Johnson, Ava Spece and Martin Cervantez, Workhouse Arts Foundation; and Mike McGurk, Transurban

"As the long-term operator of the Express Lanes, we are committed to being good neighbors and giving back to our community through our 495 and 95 Express Lanes Community Grant Program,” said Mike McGurk, senior corporate relations associate, Transurban.  “We are pleased to support the efforts of the Workhouse Arts Foundation to benefit the region’s active and retired military population through the arts.”

“The Workhouse Arts Foundation is honored to have been awarded a grant through the 495 and 95 Express Lanes Community Grant Program,” said Ava Spece, president and CEO, Workhouse Arts Foundation.  “Through the funds provided by Transurban, we’re confident that the SCAPE program will continue to be successful for years to come.”

Additional grant recipients from the spring 2016 quarter include:

  • Phoenix Bikes and its Earn-a-Bike Youth Ride Program, which educates youth on the basics of bike repair through a free, year-round after school and summer program
  • Keep Prince William Beautiful Community Cleanup Program, which provides educational programs, as well as hands on opportunities, to help accomplish litter abatement in Prince William, Virginia

The next application deadline for the 495 and 95 Express Lanes Community Grant Program is June 30, 2016.  Applications are being accepted in the following categories – environment, community and safety.  Interested organizations can learn more and apply online at

About the Express Lanes

The 495 and 95 Express Lanes operate on I-495/Capital Beltway and I-95 to provide drivers with faster and more predictable travel options in Northern Virginia.  Together the 495 and 95 Express Lanes create a region-wide network of free-flowing lanes for nearly 40 miles from the Dulles Toll Road to Stafford County.  Delivered through a public-private partnership between the Virginia Department of Transportation and Transurban, the Express Lanes give drivers reliable travel choices on two of northern Virginia’s most congested roadways.  For more information, please visit



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