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    Well I poured over the FEMA Intranet, asked two people smarter than me (not hard to find) and sent an email to a shared transit benefits email address from a memo today. Couldn't find squat. So if I find out the scoop I will report back.

    How often are the bike paths too icy and snowy to ride but the metro is still open? Weeks on end or just a few days here and there? Last winter was a non-event obviously.

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    Quote Originally Posted by anomad View Post
    How often are the bike paths too icy and snowy to ride but the metro is still open? Weeks on end or just a few days here and there? Last winter was a non-event obviously.
    Depends on where you're coming from. If you depend on VDOT-maintained trails in Fairfax, weeks on end is about right, especially since VDOT uses them to store snow mountains that would otherwise impact road medians.

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    Quote Originally Posted by anomad View Post

    How often are the bike paths too icy and snowy to ride but the metro is still open? Weeks on end or just a few days here and there? Last winter was a non-event obviously.
    Definitely depends on where you live. After the blizzard two years ago, it took three days before I could commute from Columbia Pike in Arlington to downtown DC, but some of that was due to my inexperience with alternate routes.

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    I ride the MVT from Alexandria to l'enfant. I need to explore alternative non-MVT routes through crystal city.

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    Quote Originally Posted by anomad View Post
    I ride the MVT from Alexandria to l'enfant. I need to explore alternative non-MVT routes through crystal city.

    Here you go.


    I take this route sometimes when the trail is flooded or there is a ton of glass everywhere. Takes a few minutes longer than the MVT, but works great otherwise. You're only on the MVT a very short distance using this route. I'm happy to show it to you sometime if you want someone to ride with. I bike from S. Alexandria to HHS in SW DC. My building is right next to FEMA.

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    I got everything ready to participate the first year the Department of State was going to offer the $20/mo benefit (it would have been for the 21 months before I retired). First I had to formally withdraw from the Metro subsidy program (my benefits had been suspended because I hadn't downloaded anything to my card in over four years and only took Metro four times in seven years and was driven in for the 13 days I had a sprained ankle and wasn't allowed to drive), then I had to provide receipts of my expenses that I would submit on a quarterly basis, and our admin service office had no idea what I was to do then, so I just didn't bother.

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    Sorry I'm so late chiming in. HHS makes it pretty easy. I had to cancel my transit benefit, and then apply for the bike subsidy. There was a slight hiccup because my supervisor had never heard of it, and it took her a couple of months to finally just approve my application. Then another 30 days to get enrolled. Then I didn't get a check for 90 days, but they sent me 3 at once. Since then my $20 comes like clockwork. Both Bikenetic and Bikes@Vienna take them with no hassles. But: For me, 2 days a month of metro costs more than the bike subsidy brings in. So.... when I work really late or if the weather is terrible (ice and snow ) and I don't want to just telework, there's some serious disincentive for me to stick with that.

    But... I've take metro for work / commuting purposes about 4 times this year, so.... maybe a non-issue.

    There's no paperwork drill or other hoops.

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    HUD seems somewhat behind the curve, at least here at the HQ. They want receipts and accept the form for reimbursement twice a year. So far, I've submitted two requests, totaling about $200 and have seen no reimbursement. They certainly didn't have any problem taking me off the transit subsidy program however.

    I've been reminding the program managers of the issue and will likely bump it up in the next month or so.

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