Commuting Modes


Vanpool

Vanpooling is a frequently used method of alternative transportation in this area. You can share a ride to work with coworkers who live nearby or with neighbors who work close to where you work. Vanpool companies provide recent-model SUVs, crossovers or vans. Everyone splits the costs and driving duties, saving you valuable time and money. Federal employees using a for-profit vanpool company can use their Mass Transit Benefit (up to $270/month) to pay for the van.

Commuter Connection is an organization that helps link people and vanpool companies.

Vanpool Alliance is an organization that helps link people and vanpool companies. 


Metro

Metro is one of the busiest public transportation systems in the country. Its expansive network of tunnels and above ground tracks connect all four quadrants of DC with suburban Virginia and Maryland. Metro can also be combined with Metro or local busses that connect Metro stations with surrounding workplaces.


Bus

Regional bus services include:

Alexandria Transit Company (DASH)

Metrobus

Fairfax Connector

Arlington Transit (ART) 

Potomac & Rappahannock Transportation Commission OmniRide 


Carpool/Rideshare

Carpooling is a common method that enables the driver and riders to meet the minimum car capacity to use HOV or Express lanes. Having three or more occupants in the car can also mean riding for free on some toll roads. Many installations provide convenient, exclusive parking spots for commuters who carpool to work.

Commuter Connections' local rideshare office helps match people together who are interested in forming a new carpool and can provide detailed advice and information to commuters from local jurisdictions. 

Waze has a separate Waze Carpool app that matches you with other commuters travelling to similar destinations.

GoEzy features a complete suite of available mode options and services include driver navigation, dynamic carpool pairing, transit, ride hailing, micro-transit, biking, and walking. Mobile payments for transit, TNC, bike rentals, and more are fully integrated as well. Intermodal capabilities allow users to chain together modes of travel to increase their options and solve first-mile/last-mile challenges.


Bike

Commuting to work by bicycle is an excellent way to beat Washington DC's infamous rush hour congestion. Bike commuting also provides many other side benefits which make it a very attractive alternative to more typical commuting options. Additionally, the DC area has many resources to help cyclists get around town, including on-street routes and multi-use trails, and bike friendly mass-transit options.


Virginia Railway Express (VRE)

VRE provides commuter-oriented rail service from the Northern Virginia suburbs to Alexandria, Crystal City and downtown Washington , D.C., along the I-66 and I-95 corridors. 


Slugging

Slugging is an alternative transportation option that is unique to the DC area. Slug lines can be found throughout the region and allow for drivers--called scrapers--to pick up riders—called slugs—that enable the car and riders to meet the minimum car capacity to use the HOV or Express lanes. Having three or more occupants in the car can also mean riding for free on some toll roads. The following sites provide information about where you can either pick slugs up or be a slug and find a ride.

www.sluglines.com

www.slug-lines.com


MARC Train

Maryland Area Regional Commuter (MARC) is a commuter rail system comprising three lines in the Baltimore–Washington metropolitan area.

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