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There are many options for getting around Virginia. Whether you are commuting to work, going out for lunch, sightseeing or for other purposes, Commute!VA can help you find the option that works for you.

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YOU'VE GOT OPTIONS

There are many types of bus services serving Virginia. Use Commute!VA or one of the commuter assistance programs in your area to find the bus that serves you. From local bus service to regional commuter/express bus, to bus rapid transit (BRT), there is a bus that may be right for you.

The Virginia Breeze intercity bus service is not typically used for daily commutes to work, but it can get you to your college or university, connect you to areas of Virginia to visit, and connect you to Amtrak or a regional bus service for longer distance travel.

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GOING YOUR WAY

Whether you ride with family members, neighbors, or coworkers, carpooling with one or more people is easy and can save you money. Use Commute!VA’s ridematching system to find a carpool partner or two.

Carpoolers with three or more in a car may be able to save time and money by using Virginia’s Express Lanes without paying a toll. Find out more about Virginia’s Express Lanes and toll roads.

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BETTER TOGETHER

A vanpool is a group of people who share a similar commute and schedule and join together to travel to and from work in a single vehicle. The vanpool group can be made up of people who live near each other or near a convenient pick up location like a park-and-ride lot, and can be co-workers or neighbors who work near each other. The whole group enjoys the economy of sharing their commuting expenses and the convenience of sharing the ride to work.

The vanpool group rents or leases the van from a vanpool company and the vanpool riders pay a monthly fee based on the monthly lease and commuting costs (fuel, parking). Insurance, vehicle maintenance and repairs and a backup vehicle are all covered by the vanpool company. Commute!VA can help you find a vanpool that is right for you.

Vanpoolers may be able to save time and money by using Virginia’s Express Lanes without paying a toll. Find out more about Virginia’s Express Lanes and toll roads.

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ALL ABOARD

Metrorail, light rail, Virginia Railway Express, and Amtrak are rail options that can get you to and from work. Or use them to travel for other reasons.

Metrorail provides safe, clean, reliable transit service throughout the Washington, DC area. The system has 91 stations serving Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia.

Virginia Railway Express (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.

Amtrak, the national rail operator, connects America with more than 300 trains each day to destinations in 46 states, the District of Columbia and three Canadian provinces. DRPT supports the operation of four Amtrak Northeast Regional train routes which feed into Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor between Washington, D.C. and Boston.

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PEDAL POWER

For shorter commutes, biking is a healthy and low cost travel mode. Many of Virginia’s transit buses have bike racks to make biking to the bus stop and riding the bus a good option. Don’t have a bike, some areas of Virginia have bike share programs where you can rent a bike to travel for minutes or hours.

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CASUAL CARPOOLING

Slugging is like “instant” or “casual” carpooling and works on an organized system with its own set of rules, etiquette, and specific pickup and drop-off locations, typically park-and-ride lots and employer sites. Slugging has been around for decades in Northern Virginia. For rules and locations see: Slug-Lines.

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HOUSE RULES

If your employer allows employees to work from home occasionally or on a regular schedule, then you have a great opportunity. Not driving to work one day a week or even occasionally will save you money and reduce the stress that comes with driving to the office. For tips on how to be a successful teleworker, visit DRPT’s Telework!VA website. If your employer does not allow teleworking, then ask your boss to visit Telework!VA to find out how your company can set up a telework program and receive free assistance to do it.

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STOP & GO

Park and Ride lots are available for use when commuting to work or school, or when sightseeing, shopping, running errands, etc. Park and Ride lots allow commuters to park their vehicles or bikes at a convenient location and then finish their commute using carpool, vanpool, bus, or train. Commute!VA’s system is loaded with park and ride locations throughout Virginia so you can use them to meet your carpool, vanpool or make a connection to transit.

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HELP FOR THE UNEXPECTED

Most areas of Virginia are covered by a Guaranteed Ride Home (GRH) or Emergency Ride Home (ERH) program. For commuters using bus, rail, vanpool, carpool or slugging to get to and from work, GRH and ERH programs provide free rides home or to your vehicle when one of life’s unexpected emergencies arise and you have to leave work before or after your normal time. Rules, restrictions and requirements vary by program, so check with your local commuter assistance program for details.

Working in Northern Virginia, see Commuter Connections Guaranteed Ride Home program.

Working in Richmond, see RideFinders Emergency Ride Home program.

Working in Hampton Roads, see TRAFFIX Guaranteed Ride program.

For other areas, see your local commuter assistance program.

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BUS

YOU'VE GOT OPTIONS

There are many types of bus services serving Virginia. Use Commute!VA or one of the commuter assistance programs in your area to find the bus that serves you. From local bus service to regional commuter/express bus, to bus rapid transit (BRT), there is a bus that may be right for you.

The Virginia Breeze intercity bus service is not typically used for daily commutes to work, but it can get you to your college or university, connect you to areas of Virginia to visit, and connect you to Amtrak or a regional bus service for longer distance travel.

CARPOOL

GOING YOUR WAY

Whether you ride with family members, neighbors, or coworkers, carpooling with one or more people is easy and can save you money. Use Commute!VA’s ridematching system to find a carpool partner or two.

Carpoolers with three or more in a car may be able to save time and money by using Virginia’s Express Lanes without paying a toll. Find out more about Virginia’s Express Lanes and toll roads.

VANPOOL

BETTER TOGETHER

A vanpool is a group of people who share a similar commute and schedule and join together to travel to and from work in a single vehicle. The vanpool group can be made up of people who live near each other or near a convenient pick up location like a park-and-ride lot, and can be co-workers or neighbors who work near each other. The whole group enjoys the economy of sharing their commuting expenses and the convenience of sharing the ride to work.

The vanpool group rents or leases the van from a vanpool company and the vanpool riders pay a monthly fee based on the monthly lease and commuting costs (fuel, parking). Insurance, vehicle maintenance and repairs and a backup vehicle are all covered by the vanpool company. Commute!VA can help you find a vanpool that is right for you.

Vanpoolers may be able to save time and money by using Virginia’s Express Lanes without paying a toll. Find out more about Virginia’s Express Lanes and toll roads.

RAIL

ALL ABOARD

Metrorail, light rail, Virginia Railway Express, and Amtrak are rail options that can get you to and from work. Or use them to travel for other reasons.

Metrorail provides safe, clean, reliable transit service throughout the Washington, DC area. The system has 91 stations serving Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia.

Virginia Railway Express (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.

Amtrak, the national rail operator, connects America with more than 300 trains each day to destinations in 46 states, the District of Columbia and three Canadian provinces. DRPT supports the operation of four Amtrak Northeast Regional train routes which feed into Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor between Washington, D.C. and Boston.

BICYCLE/BIKE SHARE

PEDAL POWER

For shorter commutes, biking is a healthy and low cost travel mode. Many of Virginia’s transit buses have bike racks to make biking to the bus stop and riding the bus a good option. Don’t have a bike, some areas of Virginia have bike share programs where you can rent a bike to travel for minutes or hours.

SLUGGING

CASUAL CARPOOLING

Slugging is like “instant” or “casual” carpooling and works on an organized system with its own set of rules, etiquette, and specific pickup and drop-off locations, typically park-and-ride lots and employer sites. Slugging has been around for decades in Northern Virginia. For rules and locations see: Slug-Lines.

Telework

HOUSE RULES

If your employer allows employees to work from home occasionally or on a regular schedule, then you have a great opportunity. Not driving to work one day a week or even occasionally will save you money and reduce the stress that comes with driving to the office. For tips on how to be a successful teleworker, visit DRPT’s Telework!VA website. If your employer does not allow teleworking, then ask your boss to visit Telework!VA to find out how your company can set up a telework program and receive free assistance to do it.

PARK & RIDE LOTS

STOP & GO

Park and Ride lots are available for use when commuting to work or school, or when sightseeing, shopping, running errands, etc. Park and Ride lots allow commuters to park their vehicles or bikes at a convenient location and then finish their commute using carpool, vanpool, bus, or train. Commute!VA’s system is loaded with park and ride locations throughout Virginia so you can use them to meet your carpool, vanpool or make a connection to transit.

GUARANTEED/EMERGENCY RIDE HOME

HELP FOR THE UNEXPECTED

Most areas of Virginia are covered by a Guaranteed Ride Home (GRH) or Emergency Ride Home (ERH) program. For commuters using bus, rail, vanpool, carpool or slugging to get to and from work, GRH and ERH programs provide free rides home or to your vehicle when one of life’s unexpected emergencies arise and you have to leave work before or after your normal time. Rules, restrictions and requirements vary by program, so check with your local commuter assistance program for details.

Working in Northern Virginia, see Commuter Connections Guaranteed Ride Home program.

Working in Richmond, see RideFinders Emergency Ride Home program.

Working in Hampton Roads, see TRAFFIX Guaranteed Ride program.

For other areas, see your local commuter assistance program.

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