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Council of Governments Awards NoMa’s XM Radio For “Commuter Connections”

Washington, D.C., June 27, 2008… XM Satellite Radio, one of the first businesses to locate in the District of Columbia’s emerging NoMa (North of Massachusetts Avenue) neighborhood, was one of three metropolitan area businesses honored by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments’ (COG) Commuter Connections program, operated by COG’s National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board.The honorees, which also included National Geographic Society of Washington, D.C. and Orange Business Services of Oak Hill, VA, all support alternatives to driving to work alone, such as carpooling, vanpooling, teleworking, bicycling, and using public transit.

XM Radio won kudos for its employer-sponsored commuter benefit programs. These programs include free shuttles to and from Metro and commuter trains, pre-tax transit benefits, preferred carpool parking, showers and lockers for bikers, $2 meal subsidies to encourage onsite dining at the XM café, flexible work schedules, company-issued cell phones and laptops for telecommuters, flex cars, and after-hours escort vans to transit.

“NoMa is rapidly developing as an environmentally friendly neighborhood, with excellent public transit, new bike path connections, and at least 20 LEED certified buildings planned or under construction, said Elizabeth Price, President of the NoMa Business Improvement District. “XM Radio pioneered private sector development within NoMa, so it’s no surprise that they are also at the forefront of environmental stewardship by reducing traffic congestion and improving regional air quality.”

NoMa is an emerging mixed-use neighborhood north of the U.S. Capitol and Union Station in Washington DC. Private developers have invested approximately $1.5 billion to date with plans to develop over 20 million square feet of office, residential, hotel, and retail space in the area covered by the NoMa BID over the next 10 years. The BID provides daily street and sidewalk cleaning, safety ambassadors, marketing, events, and other services to make NoMa a clean, safe, and vibrant neighborhood for businesses, residents, and visitors. For more information about the BID, including an interactive development map, see the BID Website at

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