MARC and VRE at NoMa by BeyondDC licensed under Creative Commons.

How could the Washington region benefit from a comprehensive regional rail system connecting MARC and VRE? How about less congestion and pollution? Or access for more people to jobs and housing in Maryland and Virginia, including Baltimore and new jobs in Crystal City? On Tuesday, April 30 at 6 pm, join a conversation about getting regional rail to the next track.

As the number of jobs grows, residents need dependable ways to travel between jurisdictions. Fortunately, the region has two underutilized commuter rail systems that, if brought to their full potential, “as much as two lanes of rush hour traffic on Interstate 95 or 66 could be shifted to the rails.” This GGWash Forum event brings together political, technical, and managerial perspectives to discuss how the region’s citizens and leaders can come together to make comprehensive regional rail a reality.

Get your ticket now for only $10, or join the GGWash Neighborhood and attend for FREE. The event will be held near Union Station, with the precise location announced soon!

Other events from around the region:

Wednesday, April 3

Walk for your nation: From 6 to 9 pm at Heavy Seas Alehouse (1501 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA), join WalkArlington to celebrate National Walking Day “by kicking [their] regular social walk up a notch and partnering with Arlington Transportation Partners and Heavy Seas Alehouse to bring you an evening walk and happy hour.” There will be complimentary appetizers as well as happy hour specials. Walk around Rosslyn from 6:30 to 7 pm to see the Deep Throat garage, Gateway Park, and Dark Star Park. Register to attend here!

Learn by architecture: From 6:30 to 8 pm at the University of the District of Columbia (UDC)'s Architecture Suite 200, Building 32 (4200 Connecticut Avenue NW), educate yourself in the latest of UDC's Architecture Public Lecture Series with a session about “Sustainability and Historic Preservation” presented by Nakita Reed, AIA, President, Encore Sustainable Design LLC. With its Urban Architecture and Community Planning program, UDC “seeks to educate the next generation of architects.” Find more information here.

Thursday, April 4

'Tis the season for cleanups: You've got a couple of chances left to join spring cleanups with the College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences (CAUSES), at the University of the District of Columbia (UDC). “Volunteers are needed to help clean CAUSES urban food hubs and community gardens in order to prepare them for the growing season. Volunteers will participate in activities such as making a tool shed, spreading soil in garden beds, moving lumber into piles and more.”

On Thursday, April 4 from 10 am to 1:30 pm, you can pitch in with CAUSES at their P.R. Harris Urban Food Hub (4600 Livingston Road, SE). Alternatively (or additionally, if you're feeling extra spring-y), on Wednesday, April 10 from 10 am to 1:30 pm you can lend a hand at the East Capitol Urban Farm (5901 East Capitol Street, SE). CAUSES reminds volunteers to “wear clothes they do not mind getting dirty and close-toed shoes.” Sign up to volunteer here!

Pop by some pop-up streetscape designs: Find out what Fairfax County staff are considering for “pedestrian-friendly streetscapes and building design ideas that will help to define the future character of the Richmond Highway corridor.” You can check out and give your input for these ideas at two “pop-up studios” that are both occurring at the Mount Vernon Plaza Shopping Center (7648 Richmond Highway); one is on Thursday April 4 from 4 to 7 pm, and the other is on Saturday April 6 from 11 am to 3 pm. Find more information here.

Friday, April 5

Don't listen to April, it's not actually on the one-teenth of Marchtember at 2:65pm: Give input on budgets for the Department of Parks and Recreation starting at 10 am in Room 412 of the John A. Wilson Building (1350 Pennsylvania Avenue NW). Anyone who wishes to testify should contact Nate Fleming to sign up.

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Jeb Stenhouse is a clean energy economist who wants to help everyone enjoy livable, walkable public places, and to reach them by as many clean transportation options as possible.  He studied in Montpellier, France and still marvels at the quality of life in its car-free downtown (and the 15 pounds he lost roaming its charming streets).  Between adventures, Jeb lives with his husband in Adams Morgan.