Washington, DC is the fifth fastest growing metropolitan area in the nation and it shows: local transportation authorities around the region are consistently coming up with innovative ways to keep us moving.
Personal automobiles are still the mainstay, which is why EYA continues to include private parking garages in its townhomes. Meanwhile, alternative fuel sources, such as the electric car, are just around the corner. In fact, new EYA homes include an optional electric car charger rough-in, for those who are first adopters of this new technology. Look for the Nissan Leaf to be the first mass produced electric car in the U.S. – available December 2010.
If the expense of personal car ownership doesn’t make sense for you, then Zipcar has hundreds of cars throughout Washington, just waiting for you to take a spin. For as little as $50 in annual fees and $7 per hour of use, you can hop over to Catholic University, Michigan Avenue, Monroe Street, or Brookland Metro station and pick up your car. Gas, insurance, and reserved parking are included.
For a little fresh air, take a hike (or walk, that is). Prevention Magazine included Washington DC in its “25 Best Walking Cities” list, citing its extensive transit system which makes travelling by foot a breeze. Brookland Metro station is just four blocks from Chancellor’s Row, meaning you can be in downtown, Chinatown, or Old Town in just minutes. New EYA homeowners at Chancellor’s Row receive SmarTrip® cards with their home, saving you money on your fare and reducing the amount of time you’ll spend at the fare kiosk.
Biking is another excellent way to enjoy the outdoors and get where you’re going fast. Just two blocks from Chancellor’s Row, discover the Metropolitan Branch Trail, an 8-mile stretch of trail connecting Union Station through DC to Silver Spring (which, by the way, has an excellent amenity base of dining, theatre, and boutique shops). Don’t own a bike? You can rent one anytime you like through Capital Bikeshare or SmartBike for as little as $40/year. A new bike sharing kiosk is scheduled to be installed at Chancellor’s Row this Spring. In fact, there are plans for over 1,000 bike sharing rides throughout the DC area – an effort by District Department of Transportation (DDOT) to make it easier for residents to get around. Soon, you can pick up a bike at Chancellor’s Row, pedal down to Eastern Market, do some shopping, get another bike and pedal home.
Finally, we hear Segway is a nice option for doing a little sight seeing, but we wouldn’t recommend you plan to make it your daily commute option. Capital Segway, the only authorized dealer of Segways for sale in DC, offers rentals for as little as $65 for two hours. You can also purchase their new electric bike, which we think is pretty cool. It’s got all the benefits of a traditional bike (parking where ever you like) without the sweat you’ll likely work up.