ABOUT US

Commuter Connections is a regional network of transportation organizations coordinated by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments. If you live or work in the Metropolitan Washington D.C. area, Commuter Connections can provide you with information on all your commute options, so you can make a smart choice about how you travel to work. Commuter Connections also helps employers establish commuting benefits and assistance programs, including telework/telecommute programs, for their employees.

Commuter Connections was originally created in 1974 as the Commuter Club, providing one of the first computerized carpool matching systems in the nation. The Commuter Club network consisted of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG), General Services Administration (GSA), and the Greater Washington Board of Trade. COG provided the direct ridematching services to the public. This service was and still is provided free to anyone who requests ridematching information. In the 1980’s, the local government agencies of City of Alexandria, Fairfax County, Montgomery County, Prince William County, and the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission joined the network. The Commuter Club network members used COG’s ridematching software and shared one regional database for ridematching. It was in the mid-1980’s that the network changed its name to the RideFinders Network.

By 1994 the network had grown in membership to include all Washington D.C. area local governments, a few federal agencies, several Transportation Management Associations, and government agencies from the Baltimore area, southern Maryland, and northern Virginia.

In 1996 and 1997, the services provided by the RideFinders Network had grown beyond just carpool/vanpool matching to include transit route and schedule information, a regional Guaranteed Ride Home program, bicycle to work information, park-and-ride lot and HOV lane information, telecommute/telework program assistance, InfoExpress commuter information kiosks, commuter information services through our Internet site, and employer services. It was in 1996 that the network changed its name to Commuter Connections.

All services are provided free to the public and employers. Please browse this Web site to find more about our services. You may find a “smarter way to work.”

Commuter Connections is a program of the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board at the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments and is funded by the District, Maryland and Virginia Departments of Transportation as well as the U.S. Department of Transportation. Many of the local Commuter Connections members receive grant funding directly from their respective state government. Please Click here to contact us.

Commuter Connections
777 North Capitol Street, NE, Suite 300
Washington, DC 20002-4290

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All services are provided free to the public and employers. Please browse this Web site to find more about our services. You may find a “smarter way to work.”

Funding for Commuter Connections is provided to the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) by the U.S. Department of Transportation, District of Columbia Department of Transportation, Maryland Department of Transportation, and Virginia Department of Transportation. Many of the local Commuter Connections members receive grant funding directly from their respective state government. Please click here to contact us.

In July 2010, the COG Board of Directors adopted a “Title VI Plan to Ensure Nondiscrimination in all Programs and Activities” which was developed to document the efforts COG undertakes on a continual basis to ensure compliance with Title VI and related statutes regarding nondiscrimination and environmental justice. View the Title VI Plan.

For more information, or to file a Title VI related complaint, see the Title VI Plan
( Complaint Procedures are found on page 22). Or call (202) 962-3200. Para información en español, llame al (202) 962-3300.

 

Commuter Connections 
777 North Capitol Street, NE
Suite 300
Washington, DC 20002-4239

1-800-745-RIDE
Fax (202) 962-3218

E-mail: ridematching@mwcog.org

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What We Do

Among our many services, we offer ridematching for carpools and vanpools and administer the Guaranteed Ride Home program.  Commuter Connections can provide you with the best commute options to get to work and can get you home in an unexpected emergency too. Commuter Connections also helps employers establish commuter benefit and assistance programs for their employees. If you live or work in the Metropolitan Washington D.C. region, Commuter Connections can provide you with information on all your commute options, so you can make a smart choice about how you travel to work.

Who We Are

COMMUTER CONNECTIONS is a regional network of transportation organizations coordinated by the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board at the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments Commuter Connections was created in 1974 as the Commuter Club, providing one of the first computerized carpool matching systems in the nation. The Commuter Club network consisted of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG), General Services Administration (GSA), and the Greater Washington Board of Trade. COG provided the direct ridematching services to the public. This service was and still is provided free to anyone who requests ridematching information. In the 1980’s, the local government agencies of City of Alexandria, Fairfax County, Montgomery County, Prince William County, and the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission joined the network. The Commuter Club network members used COG’s ridematching software and shared one regional database for ridematching. It was in the mid-1980’s that the network changed its name to the RideFinders Network.

By 1994 the network had grown in membership to include all Washington D.C. area local governments, a few federal agencies, several Transportation Management Associations, and Local Jurisdictions from the Baltimore region, Maryland, and Northern Virginia. In 1996 and 1997, the services provided by the RideFinders Network had grown beyond just carpool/vanpool matching to include transit route and schedule information, a regional Guaranteed Ride Home program, bicycle to work information, park-and-ride lot and HOV lane information, telecommute/telework program assistance, InfoExpress commuter information kiosks, commuter information services through the Internet, and employer services. It was in 1996 that the network changed its name to COMMUTER CONNECTIONS.

In 2003, a regional Mass Marketing effort began through Commuter Connections in order to educate the public on transportation options to and from work.  Commuter Connections also coordinates the regional Bike to Work Day and Car Free Day events and also coordinates an annual Employer Recognition Awards program.  A regional carpool incentive was introduced in 2010 under ‘Pool Rewards and the program was expanded in 2012 to include a vanpool incentive.  Commuter Connections projects are part of a larger vigorous data collection and analysis activity that documents regional transportation and emission impacts and is included as part of the regional transportation planning process.

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