Committed to finding alternative transportation options for everyone onboard the installation, Naval Support Activity Bethesda (NSAB) will host a commuter fair Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Building 9 between the escalators and the Wedge.
The commuter fair is designed to bring together a combination of transit providers and county and state transit operators, such as Maryland Transit Authority, Montgomery County and education providers, to pass on information about commuting options available to the staff.
“It is a place for staff onboard NSA Bethesda to come and if they are looking to change their commute, talk with people actually providing the transit service, find out about road construction in the area and look into alternatives they may not have thought of on ways to get to work,” said Ryan Emery, transportation program coordinator for NSAB.
Various presenters will be on hand to discuss all the different commuting options available to the staff.
“It’s good for staff because they may like to learn a little more about how ‘vanpooling’ works or what the Metro system is all about,” said Emery. “Having someone that works for that organization helps to stem that conversation, so that’s why the [fair] was started.”
This will be the second fair held by the installation. The first received many positive comments by vendors and participants, said Emery.
“Back when we had our fair in March, we had a couple hundred [people] stop by and there was a lot of good feedback from both the presenters, who said they would like to come back, and from the [individuals] that stopped by that said this is a great avenue,” said Emery.
Religious Program Specialist Seaman John Leitzinger of NSAB has been taking the Metro for the past month and describes his experience as a great way to get to work.
“I always feel safe in the Metro,” said Leitzinger. “It’s easy to navigate and it is very reliable as I always get where I need to be on time.”
“As [the transportation office] continues to go forward, we want to be a great asset to all the tenants on the installation and have them realize that there are resources available that they can tap into,” said Emery.
For more information on the commuter fair or for help mapping out a new commute, contact Emery at ryan.emerymed.navy.mil or 301-319-3818.