Commuting Options

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Getting There Your Way

The “Live Near Your Work” concept may not fit every employee’s needs, so for employees who commute to the office from farther distances, Commuter Connections is available to provide flexible solutions for a better commute.

OPTIONS INCLUDE:

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority operates Metrorail and Metrobus, the second largest rail transit system and the fifth largest bus network in the United States. The system serves the District of Columbia, the suburban Maryland counties of Montgomery and Prince George’s and the Northern Virginia counties of Arlington, Fairfax and Loudoun and the cities of Alexandria, Fairfax and Falls Church.  The Metrorail and Metrobus networks were designed to make getting from a suburb to any part of the city, or vice versa.

Carpooling is when two or more commuters ride together in a private automobile on a regular basis. Vanpooling is a good option for individuals commuting long distances. There are three kinds of vanpools: owner-occupied, third-party, and employer-provided. Both carpooling and vanpooling offer excellent cost savings and may also save commuting time through the use of HOV lanes.

Local & Commuter Buses

ART – Arlington Transit Bus service operates within Arlington County, supplementing Metrobus and providing access to Metrorail and Virginia Railway Express.

CUE – Fairfax County bus service operates within the city of Fairfax, and also serves as a feeder network to the Vienna/Fairfax-GMU Metrorail station.

DASH – Alexandria Transit Company operates within the city of Alexandria and connects with Metrobus, Metrorail, Virginia Railway Express, and other local bus systems.

DC Circulator – The DC Circulator is the product of a unique public/private partnership providing efficient, low-cost, public transportation. It links cultural, entertainment, and business destinations within the District of Columbia’s downtown area.

Fairfax Connector – Fairfax County transit bus service operates local and express buses, supplementing Metrobus and providing access to Northern Virginia business centers, Metrorail and Virginia Railway Express.

Falls Church George Bus – GEORGE is the City of Falls Church, Virginia’s clean diesel bus that provides local transit service to and from the East and West Falls Church Metrorail stations and throughout the city.

Loudoun County Transit – Loudoun County Transit operates rush hour service from park and ride lots in Loudoun to destinations that include West Falls Church Metro, Rosslyn, the Pentagon, and Washington, D.C.

MTA Commuter Buses – The Maryland Transit Administration operates commuter bus service on 21 lines from various Maryland suburbs including western and southern Maryland into major business centers including Baltimore and Washington, D.C.

OmniRide/OmniLink – OmniRide is Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission’s (PRTC) commuter bus service from Prince William County and Manassas. Destinations include the Pentagon, Crystal City, and Washington, D.C.  OmniRide also takes commuters to several North Virginia Metrorail stations.  OmniLink is a local bus service for Eastern Prince William County and the Manassas area.

RideOn – Montgomery County Bus system operates within Montgomery County supplementing Metrobus and providing access to Metrorail and MARC trains.

The Bus – “The Bus” service operates within Prince George’s County supplementing Metrobus and providing access to Metrorail and MARC trains.

TransIt Services of Frederick County – TransIt Bus System operates within Frederick County Maryland, providing access to the MARC commuter trains.

Commuter Trains

AMTRAK – Amtrak offers hourly service along the Northeast corridor during peak morning and afternoon rush hours, with stops in Baltimore and Washington, D.C.

MARC –Maryland Rail Commuter Service (MARC) is a commuter rail system comprising three lines. Service is provided between Martinsburg, WV and Washington D.C. and from D.C. to Baltimore and beyond.

VRE – Virginia Railway Express (VRE) is a commuter rail system that connects the Northern Virginia area with Washington, D.C.  It is a transportation partnership of the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission (NVTC) and the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission (PRTC).

Other Options

Bicycling and Walking – Bicycling and walking to work are clean and healthy alternatives to solo driving. Employers can encourage bicycling and walking to work by installing changing rooms, showers and lockers.

CarSharing – CarSharing is a great business alternative and is more affordable and reliable than managing an in-house fleet or reimbursing employees for mileage. Flexcar and Zipcar specialize in providing vehicles by the hour for both business and personal trips. Rates include gas, maintenance and insurance. Wireless technology and the power of the Internet make accessing and driving these vehicles simple.

Teleworking – Teleworking, or telecommuting, is when wage and salaried employees work at least occasionally at home during an entire workday, in lieu of traveling to their regular workplace. Today’s technology allows employees to transparently perform their duties outside the office.