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Multi-family yard sale in Lake Ridge

Multi-Family Yard Sale, Saturday, July 8 from 7:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., 3221 Culbreth Court, Lake Ridge, VA: Appliances, Electronics, Baby clothes, and toys, exercise equip, much more 

Appliances, Electronics, Baby clothes, and toys, exercise equip, much more 

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Man, 18, charged in Lake Ridge picnic table fire

From a press release: 

On, Tuesday, May 23, 2017, fire and rescue units were dispatched to an outside fire in the 12800 block of Clipper Drive in Lake Ridge.

Upon arrival, firefighters discovered the fire had destroyed a picnic table, valued at $650 and belonging to the homeowners’ association. Based on the situation and conditions observed, the fire crews called for the Fire Marshal’s Office to investigate the incident. The investigators were able to determine the fire was intentionally set and developed suspects based on the scene and interviews. The investigators were able to obtain a felony arrest warrant for one of the suspects in the case.

On June 23, 2017, members of the Prince William County Fire Marshal’s Office and the Police Department, located the suspect and placed him under arrest without incident.

The investigation is continuing.

Arrested on June 23:
Hakeem Koroma, 18 years old, of Lake Ridge.

Charged with §18.2-81 to burn personal property greater than or equal to $200; a class 6 felony. Mr. Koroma was released on a $5,000.00 unsecured bond and ordered to be admitted into pre-trial services.

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Volunteers 55+ needed to drive veterans to medical appointments in Prince William County

Good morning Prince William – have a safe and enjoyable July 4th celebration!

· Please mark your calendar for July 22 and join the Independence Empowerment Center for their 10th Americans with Disabilities Act Celebration. It will be held from 10am until 2pm at the Harris Pavilion in Old Town Manassas. Lots of fun is planned including a live singer, many informational vendors, games for children, and a silent auction. Phat Yummies will be back! Come visit after you leave the Farmers’ Market.

· House of Mercy has just kicked off their Shoes for Kids Drive and need your help collecting new, trendy school shoes by July 22nd for their kids. The goal this year is 192 pairs of fun shoes to start the new school year. You can drop them off at the center located at: 8170 Flannery Court Manassas or check out their website for more info at: houseofmercyva.org.

· Our Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) is still looking for volunteers for the Area Agency on Aging’s Meal on Wheels program You can sign up for a regular day or be a substitute driver. It is easy to do just by picking up a few meals at the Senior Center kitchens in Manassas or Woodbridge and delivering to your route. Bring joy and combat hunger among our seniors! If you are age 55+ contact Jan at 571-292-5307 to be part of the RSVP team. Adults 54 and under please phone Melodee at 703-792-4583.

· RSVP is also in urgent need of volunteers aged 55+ who can drive veterans and/or their spouses to medical appointments in Prince William County. There is a particular need for volunteers in eastern PWC to help veterans retired from Quantico and Fort Belvoir. Volunteers pick up veterans at their home, take them to their appointment, and assist with filling a prescription (if needed) and transport the veteran safely home. It is wonderful way to say “thank you” to our veterans and their family members for their service, and it only takes a few hours out of a day. Contact Jan at 571-292-5302 for all the details.

· Helping Neighbors-in-Need Outreach Center needs volunteers to assist in the office Monday through Wednesday, 9:30am to 3:30pm. They had some great volunteers but guess what? They got jobs and had to move on! If you would like to assist the homeless, veterans, elderly, the most vulnerable rebuild their lives; the Outreach Center could sure use your help. There is a detailed position description available, please contact, Pastor Edmonds at 571-589-8146. (more…)

Traffic
Unusual I-95 delays have slowed OmniRide commuter buses since April

It’s common knowledge that traffic on Interstate 95 north is slow in the mornings as commuters head to work in Washington, D.C. In the afternoons, traffic on the interstate slows again as workers head south for home.

In the past month, however, that rule of the road has been tested. OmniRide commuter buses from Prince William County headed north on I-95 were delayed at least 12 times between May 25 and June 23.

The delays were caused by a mix of traffic congestion and crashes. The buses’ operator Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission relies on a smooth flow of northbound traffic in the afternoons to send empty, or “deadheaded” buses to Washington, D.C. to pick up evening commuters, and then turn around and use the I-95 E-ZPass Express Lanes to bring them home.

From PRTC spokeswoman Christine Rodrigo:

“Yes, there has been an increase in the number of days that PRTC buses have experienced afternoon traffic delays. The congestion is typically northbound in Newington from early afternoon until the evening. Later in the evening, the traffic is tending to back up northbound from the Pentagon to the 14th Street Bridge.

To maximize efficiency and minimize costs, many of our buses operate two separate trips in the afternoons – traveling from Woodbridge to D.C. early during the rush hour, dropping passengers off in the Prince William area, and then returning to D.C. to pick up more passengers.

These second rush hour trips are particularly vulnerable to traffic conditions because at that time of day the Express and [I-95 E-ZPass Express Lanes] are pointed southbound. As a result, northbound PRTC buses are using the general lanes with everyone else.”

The delays have forced PRTC to re-assign bus drivers to other routes, as well as “constantly monitor” on-time performance. (more…)


Rippon Lodge’s annual World War II Days features free showing of ‘Stalag 17’ under the stars

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In a year of significant historical anniversaries, one thinks of World War II. This year alone, many will commemorate the 75th anniversaries of the Battle of Midway (June 4) and the Battle of Stalingrad (July ’42-Feb ’43). These, like many others, shaped the course of the war. Hearing the news of these conflicts on the Homefront was difficult for many people. There was a need to escape and remember there was still hope.

The music and film industries of the 1940s provided those much-needed outlets to find laughter and joy, although fleeting, during the war years. 75 years ago, on November 26, Casablanca, with Humphry Bogart and Lauren Bacall was released.

It took filmmakers only three months of principle photography to make the picture. Warner Bros. rushed Casablanca to theaters to take advantage of the Allied invasion of North Africa only weeks earlier.

With the classic line “Here’s looking at you,” and an all-star cast, Casablanca won three Academy Awards, and became one of the most iconic movies of all time.

Released 75 years ago, “Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree, (with Anyone Else but Me)” was a hit of the Andrew Sisters. In actuality, it is a reworked song.

Originally written by Lew Brown and Charles Tobias, its first release was for the 1939 Broadway musical Yokel Boy. After the U.S. had entered the war, the songwriters modified the lyrics to their more popular form.

The song debuted to moviegoers in May 1942 where the Andrew Sisters performed it in the feature film, Private Buckaroo. The tune remained to be one of the most requested songs during the Andrew Sisters’ performing career. (more…)

KO Distilling celebrates Bare Knuckle American Rye release

Friends old and new gathered at KO Distilling in Manassas on June 17 to celebrate the release of the first rye whiskey bottled in the city since Prohibition.

Bare Knuckle American Rye Whiskey is the second in a line of spirits from the distillery, joining Bare Knuckle American Wheat Whiskey in the product line.

The whiskey release party featured live music, a barbecue food truck, tastings, and a cornhole game.



New Listing: 32315 Deep Meadow Lane

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New Listing!! Custom Jeff Hall built colonial on 6.6+ acre lot in gated Meadowland. 5 bedrooms, 4.5 baths with formal living room, dining room and sun-filled Florida room.

Elegant two-story hardwood foyer with palladium window. Beautiful granite kitchen w/natural cherry cabinets, large island, glass cooktop, ceramic tile backsplash & pantry. Convenient main level master suite w/walk-in closet, double vanity and marble shower.

Cozy family room w/gas log fireplace, decorative pillars & built-in shelves. Huge upper-level master suite overlooking woods w/sitting room, vaulted ceiling, ceramic tile, cultured marble tub & shower, separate W/C, pocket doors.

Bright & open finished walk-out basement w/huge rec room, wood burning fireplace, true 5th bedroom, full bath, den/exercise room, mud/laundry room w/utility sink & ceramic tile. Stamped patio leads to private in-ground swimming pool surrounded by professional landscaping.

Extra features include a 50-year engineered septic system, 405’ well (expertly designed), whole house generator, high-efficiency HVAC system.

Original owners have maintained this beautiful home in immaculate condition!! Move-in ready, a true 10+

Contact C.C. Bartholomew at 703-282-4800 or email cc@ccbartholomew.com email 



Starting July 3, ask PRTC OmniLink for a pickup or drop off at Manassas Park Community Center

Beginning July 3, the Manassas Park Community Center will be an On Demand PRTC OmniLink Bus Stop.

PRTC (Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission) is a public bus transportation system in Prince William County, Manassas, and Manassas Park. Services provided by PRTC include OmniRide, OmniLink, and OmniMatch.

OmniRide offers commuter buses going to DC, the Pentagon, Mark Center and Tysons. OmniMatch specializes in carpooling and vanpooling, and OmniLink is the designation used for local bus service. Remember Link = Local!

In a September 2015 survey, 40% of riders on Manassas OmniLink and Manassas Park OmniLink buses said they ride a PRTC bus 5 days/week, and another 31% ride 1 to 3 days/month. These riders also indicated that the places they travel via PRTC bus are: work 54%, shopping 45%, doctor or medical visit 26%, college or technical school 23%, social or recreational 15%, K-12 school 10%, and other 5%.

“PRTC buses are partially funded by tax dollars because the fare you pay on our buses is a fraction of the cost to operate,” said Christine Rodrigo, Public Relations Specialist for PRTC, “the cities of Manassas and Manassas Park, and Prince William County subsidize us so that we can keep our fares reasonable.”

PRTC responded to multiple public suggestions of adding another stop in Manassas Park at the Manassas Park Community Center. This new bus stop will be an On Demand stop. If you are not familiar with what an On Demand stop is, it simply means that the bus will not stop at an On Demand stop unless a rider requests the driver to stop there. (more…)

Traffic
Those standing on VRE trains need to get off, back on starting July 3

From an email: 

Queueing is when passengers stand at the doorway, making it difficult for others to detrain at their stop. Queueing on VRE trains is an ongoing issue that is frequently brought to our attention. As our ridership has risen, the problem has intensified.

Starting Monday, July 3rd, VRE will be enforcing a new policy:

All passengers standing at each stop will detrain.
This is to ensure that everyone who wants to get off can. Those who wish to resume the train ride will be let back on, but they must first detrain. Once everyone has boarded, the train can depart.

We appreciate your cooperation.



Explore Summer Reading at your Prince William Public Library

Free special events all summer, plus prizes for reading!

Visit your local Prince William Public Library to begin your journey through books. Summer reading kicked off June 19 and will run through August 19 with plenty of free fun, challenges, and prizes along the way. Register at any branch or in person by visiting www.pwcgov.org/summerreading.

Explore Summer Reading for Kids, Infants through Students Entering 5th Grade

Come to any library branch to pick up your Passport and we’ll give you your first stamp. When you come in for a second visit, tell us what you’re reading and you’ll receive a coupon for free food. At six library visits, you pick out a brand-new book to keep! Come back for up to nine visits; each stamp is an entry into the kids’ grand prize drawing of an Asus flip laptop! You can receive one stamp in a 24-hour period, regardless of how many libraries you visit.

Weekly Challenges

Don’t lose precious brain cells this summer! Each of the nine weeks of summer reading will have a different theme and a special challenge. Come in to your library to complete the weekly challenge and you’ll be entered into a drawing for even more prizes. There will be a different challenge for each week, so visit often. (more…)



Over the road driver needed for Manassas food service company

SUMMARY:  Drives an eighteen-wheeler (tractor trailer) in order to deliver food products to restaurants and grocery stores primarily located in the Southeastern, Midwestern and Northern United States.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:      

  • Complies with all DOT regulation and maintains a CDL, class “A” Driver’s License with a safe Driving record
  • Drives up to the maximum allowed service hours, according to DOT regulations, and maintains and submits proper documentation to Operations on a weekly basis, including pre and post trip records and log books, fuel tax trip reports and payroll sheets. This must be done timely in order to ensure that payroll is processed and it will not be if any thing is missing.
  • Delivers food products to restaurants and grocery stores
  • Unloads deliveries by hand, from a trailer carrying up to 40,000 pounds (20 tons)
    • Utilizes a hand truck with product in bundles of 50 pounds
    • Utilizes a ramp whenever accessible, otherwise unloads from the truck to the ground
    • Puts the merchandise onto the hand truck
    • Moves the product to the customer’s designated area
    • Removes product from hand truck and restacks merchandise if requested by customer, sometimes near or inside a cooler of freezer, but does no merchandising
  • Compares actually merchandise vs. invoice with customer, obtains customer signature and collects any payment, if necessary
  • Immediately contact Operations with any mechanical or operational issues, Sales with any customer/product issues and Accounting with any invoice/payment issues, utilizing contact numbers in Driver Manual

(more…)

News
Prince William awards $4 million boardwalk contract

A new $4 million walkway will bridge a trail gap over the Neabsco Creek.

The Prince William County Board of Supervisors awarded the funds to construct a new boardwalk to become part of the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail, which runs from the Laurel Highlands of Pennsylvania to the Chesapeake Bay. Thirty-eight miles of the trail run in Prince William County, and while the trail is a National Park Service project, it’s up to the localities in which the trail runs to fund its construction, according to county documents.

About nine miles of the Prince William County portion of the trail is completed, mostly in the southern portion of the county.

The nearly 1-mile long boardwalk will be built in Woodbridge with southern yellow pine boards, and with posts to construct a handrail. The 10-foot wide structure will connect Rippon Landing Community Park with the Julie J. Metz Wetlands Preserve.

Nature Bridges, the winning construction firm, also proposed building the boardwalk using Black Locust timber decking at an increased cost $5.2 million. If county officials chose this material, it would have slowed construction up to 36 months as the company worked to acquire the timber, but, at up to 40 years, it would have doubled the lifespan of the walkway.

In addition to the $3.8 million award to Nature Bridges, the Board also gave $365,600 to Lardner/Klein Landscape Architects, P.C. to pay for the architectural and design work for the walkway. (more…)

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Murders, traffic fatalities increase in Prince William County

Chief Barry Barnard of the Prince Willam County Police Department looked back on a violent year.

There were 22 murders in the county in 2016, marking the highest murder rate in Prince William County in 15 years. It topped 2006 when there were 16 murders in the county.

A total of 18 of the 22 murder victims in the county knew their killer. Some, like Prince William police Officer Ashley Guindon, were killed in domestic valence situations.

“We lost a brave and courageous police officer who responded to a call and was murdered, along with Crystal Sheree Hamilton, inside,” said Barnard.

Hamilton, 29, was shot and killed inside her home on Lashmere Court in Dale City on February 28, 2016. Police say that after shooting his wife,  33-year-old Ronald Hamilton then turned his gun on Guindon, 29, killing her.

The murder of 23-year-old Pablito Kamara, 23, on May 30, 2016, is the only homicide case from last year that remains unsolved. Pablito was shot sometime after 2 a.m. outside a nightclub on Golanski Boulevard in Woodbridge and was taken to a local hospital where he later died. (more…)

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Orangetheory Fitness opens in Lake Ridge tonight

Submitted: 

This Friday, June 23 from 5:30pm – 8pm come join us for our Grand Opening Party at Orangetheory Fitness Lake Ridge in the Glen.  Please invite friends and family.  Come join us at our brand-new studio in the Glen. We will have plenty of giveaways, food, drinks and much more… We are located at 4172 Merchant Plaza.

If you have not signed up for your free classes you must call now. This is your last chance to sign up for classes this week before Grand Opening. 

Also come in and sign up for our weight loss challenge. A six-week competition winner receives $2,500.



Prince William County Historic Preservation Division offers summer learning and fun in 2017

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At the end of the Prince William County school year, the Historic Preservation Division is gearing up for Summer Camps at Brentsville.

In addition to the popular Civil War Camp, Civil War Advanced Camp, and the Civil War Home Front Camp, We ae offering Camps for older participants this year. All historic Camps can be found in Summer 2017  Leisure Magazine and registration can be completed online by going to pwcparks.org or by calling 703-792-8320.

The 2017 season starts with the ever popular Civil War Basic Camp. This Camp will be held at Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre from July 17th through the 21st and is conducted from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. for children aged 8 to 12. Campers participate in activities designed to develop a better understanding of soldier life during the American Civil War. Activities include enlisting in Virginia’s Army, life in camp, infantry drill, “Did Civil War Soldiers really eat that stuff,” Civil War Medicine, and a field trip to Manassas Battlefield Park. The cost is $130 per person.

“On the Home Front” is to be held at Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre from July 24th to the 28th from 9 a.m. to noon. From 1861 to 1865 our nation was at war with itself. Many of the men were away fighting while civilian populations tried to maintain as much a sense of normalcy as possible.

The purpose of this camp is to give both girls and boys aged 8 to 13 a unique opportunity to participate in many of the activities that civilians would have done on a day to day basis. Activities include 19th Century fishing, early games, Games and other pass times, needlework, a day on the farm to include live animals and tending the garden, making ice cream, cooking biscuits and making butter, fashions, a Friday picnic on the grounds. The cost is $150 per person. (more…)

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6-inch gas line ruptures at Tacketts Mill

The smell of natural gas permeated Tacketts Mill.

Crews were working nearby the Lake Ridge shopping center Monday afternoon to repair a six-inch gas line that ruptured hours earlier. Fire and rescue crews were called to the area at 9:45 a.m. for a report of a gas leak.

Gas crews spent much of the day trying to locate the leak. A crew from Washington Gas set up shop near the Lake Ridge Fellowship House. a multi-story senior living building.

Crews spent most of their oxygen searching for the leak another tank was ordered so crews could use an air mask to breathe easy, not natural gas while making repairs.

No evacuations of any surrounding building were ordered, according to Capt. Bill Phillips, of the Prince William Fire and Rescue Department.

A portion of Harbor Drive, between Tacketts Mill and Lake Manor, drives, remained closed at 2:45 p.m. as crews continued to work on repairs.

Send news and photos with your cell phone to potomaclocal@gmail.com.

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30 craft breweries to be featured at Workhouse Brewfest 2017

From a press release:

More than 30 Virginia craft breweries, artisan distilleries, and Virginia wineries will be on tap at the second annual Workhouse Brewfest on Saturday, August 12, from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, Virginia (9601 Ox Road, Lorton, 22079). This unique event will feature live performances by 12 of the region’s most popular bands, unique food trucks, access to 12 air-conditioned art galleries and 65 artist studios, and some of the area’s most exciting beer, spirits, and wine.

The day will provide an unforgettable experience for every kind of beer lover – from the knowledgeable beer geek to the casual drinker and those new to the world of craft beer. Fairfax County, Visit Fairfax, Fairfax County Park Authority, and Celebrate Fairfax are joining the Workhouse in producing this year’s Brewfest, which builds on the incredible success of the festival’s first event in 2016. Tickets can be purchased online at workhousebrewfest.org.

Fairfax County officials say they are thrilled to continue their support for Brewfest as part of the county’s plan to boost the economy, which includes encouraging entrepreneurs and innovation; promoting arts, hospitality, and tourism; and supporting events that cultivate a vibrant, energized community.

The event in its first year showcased the appeal and potential of these small businesses to be significant draws for tourism, business investment, and regional development. Brewfest’s success even contributed in part to Fairfax County leaders adopting new zoning rules that expand the areas where craft producers can operate in the county.

Brewfest also highlights how craft beer is a big business in Virginia. Craft breweries employ nearly 10,000 people and produce more than $1 billion in economic impact in the state, according to the Brewers Association. There are more than 164 licensed craft breweries in the state – including 9 in Fairfax County.

Of course, the arts also contribute significantly to the economic health of the county and enhance its appeal to many audiences. Americans for the Arts reports that in Fairfax County alone, direct economic activity tied to arts organizations and their audiences exceeds $80 million dollars per year.
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Duck Donuts offers free iced coffee on first day of summer

From a press release: 

“Duck Donuts announced today it is kicking off summer by offering its customers the opportunity to enjoy a free regular size iced coffee on Wednesday, June 21, no purchase necessary. Customers must present a printed or mobile coupon, available at duckdonuts.com, or on the company’s Facebook page.

Customers can choose from the Southern Pecan seasonal flavor or Duck Donuts’ signature coffee, Light House Blend.

Duck Donuts specializes in made-to-order donuts. Customers can choose from a variety of topping combinations, including traditional favorites such as chocolate icing with sprinkles and creations such as maple icing with bacon.

The family-friendly stores offer a viewing area where children and adults alike can watch their donuts being made. Duck Donuts also sells hot coffee, tea, and donut breakfast sandwiches.” 

Duck Donuts has locations at Stonebridge at Potomac Town Center in Woodbridge, Bristow Center in Bristow, and Stafford Marketplace in North Stafford.

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Independence Day Event Guide 2017

From The Destination Management Tourism Organization of Prince William & Manassas:

Dale City Independence Day Parade

Thousands are expected to line Dale Boulevard on Saturday morning for the 47th annual Dale City Independence Day parade. The annual tradition in Dale City showcases scouting troops, churches, politicians, performing arts groups and other groups from throughout the area. The Family Fun Day festivities, including vendors, games and entertainment.

Celebrate America with Old Town Manassas
The fun starts with children’s activities, food vendors and a red, white and blue hayride followed by a fireworks display at the Manassas Museum. Bring your lawn chairs and get there early to get the best spots! (more…)

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Down but not out: Stewart returns to Prince William with 2 more years as county’s top elected leader

Corey Stewart regularly makes a good political showing in Prince William County.

When he won a 2015 bid to keep his seat as County Board Chairman, At-large, the Republican beat his Democratic opponent winning 57% of the vote. He not only did well in the county’s more conservative western precincts, but he also did well in mid-county precincts like Coles, Penn, Marshall, Hylton, and Spriggs.

On the county’s heavily Democratic-leaning eastern side, the voters in the Occoquan District who originally voted him as their district supervisor in 2006 overwhelmingly voted for him again in 2015, as the Republican won every precinct in the Occoquan District except York.

Current Occoquan District Supervisor Ruth Anderson, a Republican, also won her campaign that year running against former Occoquan Mayor Earnie Porta, a Democrat, who carried name recognition not only from his time in office but his involvement in non-profit groups and the chamber of commerce. At the time, local political pundits said Anderson, a political newcomer, was able to ride Stewart’s coattails in the Occoquan District as voters cast ballots down party lines.

Stewart on Tuesday night lost his Primary Election bid to be Virginia’s next Republican gubernatorial candidate to Ed Gillespie by just over one percent. It was the second time Stewart sought higher state office following a losing 2013 bid to be Virginia Lt. Governor. (more…)

Traffic
Riders that ‘dump the pump’ will entered to win prizes

From PRTC: 

“The Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission (PRTC) is encouraging Prince William County area residents to Dump the Pump by leaving their vehicles at home on June 15 and using transit instead. 

All PRTC riders are encouraged to tell a friend about the benefits of public transportation and invite that friend to ride with them on June 15. After riding, the new rider can take a survey on PRTC’s website so they and their friend can be entered into separate prize drawings. New riders will be entered into a drawing for one of five $20 SmarTrip cards, while the friend who recommended transit will be entered into a drawing for one of five $20 Starbucks gift cards.

The 12th annual Dump the Pump Day is sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association, APTA, to highlight the benefits of using public transportation. In 2016, Americans took 10.4 billion trips on public transportation. Among its benefits:

–A two-person household can save, on average, $9,823 a year by downsizing to one car;

–Residential property values performed 42 percent better on average if they were located near public transportation with high-frequency service;

–U.S. public transportation use saved 865 million hours in travel time and 450 million gallons of fuel in 498 urban areas in 2011, according to the latest research;

–87 percent of public transit trips impact the economy; and

–Households near public transit drive an average of 4,400 fewer miles than households with no access to public transit.

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