Ridesharing

Photo: CarpoolRidesharing means riding together in one car or van. Sharing the ride saves money on fuel, insurance, and car maintenance. Ridesharing can also reduce time spent on the road, because vehicles with enough passengers can use High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes and 495/95 Express Lanes. When they're not behind the wheel, passengers can read, nap, or chat, reducing stress. Ridesharing also helps reduce air pollution, greenhouse gas emissions and traffic congestion.

There's more than one way to share a ride.

Ridesharing can be as simple as family members, neighbors, or coworkers deciding to ride to and from work together. But that's not the only way. Local governments, employers, and private companies offer ridesharing services to match you to an existing carpool or vanpool, or help you form a new one. For instance, in Arlington County, many commercial buildings are required to manage carpool/vanpool incentive programs that offer convenient, reserved spaces and reduced parking rates for 'pool vehicles. Recently, several companies have begun to offer services that allow users to share rides on an occasional basis -- not just for their everyday commute.

Carpooling

The most familiar form of ridesharing, carpooling usually involves a group of people who live and work near each other, commuting together in a private vehicle. Carpool members may take turns driving, and members benefit by not having to drive every day. In some commercial areas, registered carpools get access to convenient reserved parking spaces at reduced parking rates. Although carpooling is usually associated with regular trips to and from work, carpoolers enjoy some of the same benefits when they share a ride to any destination. Increasingly, ridematching services are becoming available that can match drivers and riders for individual trips, not just every-day commutes.

Graphic: Reserved Parking for Vanpool signVanpooling

A vanpool is generally formed with the help of an employer or vanpool service. Each vanpool has a primary driver/coordinator and one or more alternate drivers. The vanpool participants share cost of the van and all other operating expenses. Riders usually meet at a designated pick-up location like a shopping center parking lot or a park and ride location. The number of pickup and dropoff locations depends on the nature and needs of the vanpool group.

Vanpools, unlike carpools, are also eligible for federal tax benefits. Under current federal policy, employers may give their employees a subsidy to commute via vanpool; this contribution is then eligible for a tax deduction, and the employer saves over providing the same value in gross income. Or, employees may use pre-tax income to pay for vanpooling expenses, or a combination of both, up to statutory limits. This offers another financial incentive to share the ride.

Slug Lines

An interesting side effect of HOV lanes has been the establishment of unofficial carpool-formation areas called "slug lines." Commuters catch free rides with drivers who need additional riders to be able to use the HOV lane along their route to and from work.

More Information and Slug Line Resources

Sameride - Commuter Community for HOV/HOT carpool. Download the free Sameride app.
Slug-Lines.com – Slugging and slug lines information for the Washington, D.C. area
Sluglines.com – Bringing community to the slugging world
Smartslug.com – Free Web app for slugs and drivers

Ridesharing and Ridematching Services

Services operating in the Washington, D.C. area that provide ridesharing information, match riders to carpools and vanpools, and assist in forming carpools and vanpools.

Guaranteed Ride Home

If you regularly share a ride to work, you may be eligible for Commuter Connections' Guaranteed Ride Home (GRH). GRH provides free taxi rides home when the unexpected happens. Guaranteed Ride Home is also available to commuters who use other commuting alternatives, such as transit or bicycling. More about the Guaranteed Ride Home Program.

Other Ridesharing Resources

495ExpressLanes.com
495 Express Lanes are available to high-occupancy vehicles and toll-paying customers. All users will need an E-ZPass® transponder; high-occupancy vehicles will need the E-ZPass Flex.

Arlington County Transportation Benefits by Building
Find out if your Arlington apartment or office building offers ridesharing incentives or other transportation benefits such as bike storage or SmarTrip cards.

EZPassVA.com
Information from the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) about E-Z Pass® and E-Z Pass® Flexsm.

Park and Ride Lots
For commuters who can't walk, bike, or take transit to the carpool or vanpool meeting place or slug line location, Park and Ride Lots provide a place to leave the car.

Did You Know?

BikeArlington offers FREE confident cycling classes.

More

News Headlines
Federal report: Despite improvements, Metro's power system is 'deteriorated' and inadequate for 8-car fleet

Martine Powers, December 9, 2016, Washington Post

Va. readies new-style interchange on I-66

Robert Thomson, December 8, 2016, Washington Post

Contract workers at National, Dulles airports vote to strike

Lori Aratani, December 8, 2016, Washington Post

Metro tweaks new 7000-series cars

Faiz Siddiqui, December 8, 2016, Washington Post

More News & Events

Upcoming Events
Rosslyn Holiday Market Festival + Bonfire

Friday, December 9, 2016

Penrose Square Winter Wonderland

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Rosslyn Holiday Market Festival + Bonfire

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Last day of SafeTrack Surge 11

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Events Calendar

Arlington’s Bicycle & Pedestrian Counters

Bikes counted

View Counter Data
110 Trail
369
14th Street Bridge
1251
Arlington Mill Trail
141
Ballston Connector
204
Bluemont Connector
131
CC Connector
0
Clarendon EB bike lane
125
Custis Bon Air Park
553
Custis Rosslyn
1067
Fairfax EB bike lane
57
Joyce St NB
21
Joyce St SB
13
Key Bridge East
727
Key Bridge West
575
Military NB bike lane
13
Military SB bike lane
22
MVT Airport South
1024
Quincy NB bike lane
58
Quincy SB bike lane
50
Roosevelt Bridge
375
Rosslyn Bikeometer
899
TR Island Bridge
757
WOD Bon Air Park
291
WOD Bon Air West
715
WOD Columbia Pike
238
WOD East Falls Church
503
Wilson WB bike lane
140

Peds counted

View Counter Data
110 Trail
454
14th Street Bridge
187
Arlington Mill Trail
500
Ballston Connector
386
Bluemont Connector
282
CC Connector
0
Custis Bon Air Park
382
Custis Rosslyn
322
Joyce St NB
46
Joyce St SB
60
Key Bridge East
1950
Key Bridge West
1016
MVT Airport South
211
Roosevelt Bridge
82
TR Island Bridge
201
WOD Bon Air Park
409
WOD Bon Air West
432
WOD Columbia Pike
279
WOD East Falls Church
278

All counters, YTD

View Counter Data
Year to Date
9839029
About Arlington’s Bicycle & Pedestrian Counter Program