Owning and operating a mid-sized car averaging 15,000 miles per year costs $8,104. Sharing the cost with two other people by carpooling could save up to $450 per month.
The District has more than 17,000 on-street metered parking spaces.
About 38% of DC residents drive to work. The District aims to reduce that number to 25% by 2032.
Since 2004, the percentage of regionwide commuters driving alone to work declined at least 10%—from 71% to 61%.
Commuter Connections has a ridesharing database that includes a network of more than 18,000 registered commuters who are looking to find a carpool.
38% of DC households do not own a car.
Always signal your intentions and yield to pedestrians and cyclists, especially when making a turn or opening your door. Remember to keep a 3 foot distance between your car and cyclists.
Your two best bets for parking in DC are parking garages and metered street parking. Check parking availability ahead of your trip to avoid circling the block and wasting fuel.
This program gives more transportation options to residents East of the Anacostia River. T2R will drop you off at select Metro stations and grocery stores; and all libraries, recreation centers, and pools East of the Anacostia.
Do you have extra space for parking like a driveway or empty garage? List your parking space for rent and you could get paid!
BLOCK BY BLOCK
Did you know? DC’s streets are centered around the Capitol Building. Numbered streets run East and West, while lettered streets run North and South. That means every address has four possible locations: in NE, NW, SE or SW.
Carsharing provides the independence of a car when you need it without the commitment and expenses of car ownership, like gas, monthly parking and insurance. In the District there are three companies that provide carsharing services: Zipcar, and Free2Move. These companies make fleets of vehicles available to be checked out and shared by the public, in the same way that libraries make books available to be shared by members. Cars are picked up at designated locations and then—depending on the carsharing service provider—returned to the same location or dropped off near a driver’s destination.
Point-to-point carsharing allows customers to pick up a vehicle at one location and drop it off at another. Using the point-to-point carsharing model, you can drive one way and leave the car at your destination for the next person.
Free2Move is operating point-to-point carsharing programs on-street in the District.
Reserved-space carsharing, also known as traditional or two-way, is a round-trip carsharing service. A reserved-space carsharing car is picked up from and dropped off in a space reserved for that car.
Zipcar is operating a reserved-space carsharing program both on-street and in private spaces in the District.
When commuters share a ride in the same general direction, they are ridesharing. Participants may either begin and end the trip together, or take detours to pick up or drop off a passenger along the way. Slugging, carpooling and vanpooling are all forms of ridesharing. Providers like Lyft Line and uberPOOL offer on-demand ridehailing services that allow you to share a car with others who are going the same way.
Slugging is an easy, informal way to carpool and take advantage of I-395/I-95 and I-66 HOV lanes between Northern Virginia and Washington, DC. Participants (“slugs”) wait in line at designated pick-up locations to catch a carpool to a drop-off point. Both parties benefit—passengers get a free ride and drivers gain access to high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes. The DC metro area has over 30 slug line locations. Explore pick-up/drop-off locations and plan your commute on the goDCgo Transit Map.
Carpooling is when two or more people drive together (share the same vehicle) to get to work. Carpools usually consist of individuals who live near each other and are employees of the same company (or are employees of different companies located only a short distance apart) and have the same work hours. Sometimes, carpoolers use personal vehicles to take turns driving. Need help finding other carpoolers? The Commuter Connections Ridematching Service connects people interested in carpooling with each other for free. Some employers also help to organize carpools and provide incentives for carpooling.
Vanpools are similar to carpools but, instead of personal vehicles, they use full-size vans or minivans that are provided and organized by a third party company (like Enterprise Rideshare). Vanpools carry between 7-15 passengers, usually commuting to the same location from a distance farther than 15 miles. Vanpoolers normally pay their share of the cost with pre-tax commuter benefits. Learn more from Vanpool Alliance.
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Navigating traffic in the District can be challenging. Use these maps, apps, websites and tools to find parking and connections to area transit:
A free service for connecting commuters, cross country travelers and people running quick errands.
Plan your trip ahead of time with goDCgo’s Transit Map – find parking lots near area transit.
Share the ride with others going the same way, and pay up to 60% less.
Free2Move is DC’s newest and one of the largest carsharing fleets. You can locate and book a car directly through the app, to get you where you want to go.
Easily find on- and off-street parking in DC. Use filters to search for parking spaces by price per hour and/or time period.
Quickly find and reserve parking in DC, particularly convenient when going to events or visiting.
Pay for metered parking with the tap of a finger — get parking session expiration warnings and more.
Discover slugging locations near you and request a slug pick-up. Enjoy a forum where users discuss all things slugging.
On-demand carpool for fast and low-cost commutes.
Ride 24 hours a day, 7 days a week anywhere in Washington, DC. Ride from just $2.95.
Share your ride and split the cost of your trip with another Uber rider headed in the same direction.
Find riders or drivers heading your way, and share the ride on the fastest route.
The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) provides a number of services, such as parking permits and a pay-by-phone parking to ease the challenge of finding a spot in the city.
There are 17,000 on-street metered spaces throughout the District of Columbia. Generally, the meters run from 7am-6:30pm Monday through Saturday; Although, in some areas where there is a high demand, they run until 10pm. Metered parking costs $2.30 an hour citywide and requires payment by coins, at the kiosk or by cell phone through Parkmobile. BROKEN PARKING METER? If you come across a broken parking meter, please notify DDOT by calling the Mayor’s Citywide Call Center at 311.
Parking garages in the District are privately owned and, therefore, not managed by DDOT. Most offer both daily and monthly parking. Find cheap and convenient parking with the following tools:
The Residential Permit Parking (RPP) program ensures zoned on-street parking for residents living on designated blocks. Parking is limited to two hours during the hours of operation for vehicles without the appropriate zone RPP sticker.
The Visitor Parking Pass (VPP) program allows guests of District residents to park for more than two hours on Residential Permit Parking or RPP-zoned blocks. Only certain Wards are eligible for the program and passes are only valid in the same RPP zone as the host’s residence.
DISABILITY PARKING The District has several programs intended to make parking more accessible to people with disabilities. These include reserved on-street parking, ADA accessible meters and spaces, and disability parking permits and tags. Learn more and download application forms at DDOT’s website.
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Since we're spending so much time working from home, it's important that your workspace is comfortable so that you can feel your best and maintain productivity. The efficiency of your work environment, or ergonomics, plays a major role in how you get work done. In other words, create a workspace that meets your needs.
There's a light at the end of the tunnel -- especially for DC's hospitality and tourism industry! On June 22, 2020, the District of Columbia entered Phase Two of Mayor Muriel Bowser's reopening plan as we continue to take precaution to mitigate the health crisis. As outlined in the plan, large events/gatherings have been expanded from a capacity of 10 to 50 people, and nonessential retail businesses have the option to open their doors. Nonessential non-retail businesses, like many office or corporate employees, will continue to telework for the time being.
In 2019, the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) conducted a district-wide school transportation survey to evaluate the state of school commutes in Washington, DC. In the survey, they found that students and families are more likely to choose sustainable transportation options than teachers and staff. Results show that only 33% of elementary students are driven to school, while another 33% of parents walk their youngest child to school, and 59% of students have used Kids Ride Free cards. On the other hand, 78% of the District's school staff drive to work alone, while only 2.2% ride a bike to school. The survey also revealed that 43% of school staff commute from Maryland and Virginia.
Get a transit display at your school! Transit displays are a great way to show off all mobility options near your school, at a glance, and in real-time. These options include the bus, Capital Bikeshare, carshare, and the Metrorail. By providing a digital display with real-time transportation arrival data in lobbies, main offices, and teacher break rooms, your students and staff can plan their sustainable commutes back home more easily and efficiently.
Many schools are hesitant to use their limited budgets on transit display software, but thanks to the District Department of Transportation (DDOT), schools can install a live transportation feed for at no cost to you! All you have to do is provide the television screen or monitor and use Ride DC's portal to set-up a live feed. School administrators will have the ability to create a custom dashboard specific to their school's location.
If you work nontraditional or late-night hours, you may find that you are left with fewer commute options to get to and from work. Since the public health crisis, public transit and other commonly used travel options have become even more limited in order to encourage people to stay home, practice social distancing, and ultimately protect the safety and well-being of essential workers.
In the best interest of public safety during the health crisis, transportation providers nationwide have taken effective, protective measures to support the "stay home" advisory and to encourage safe social distancing. This includes aggressive cleaning and disinfecting protocols, temporarily pausing or reducing services, closing stations, and more.
Please be advised that you should be traveling for ESSENTIAL TRIPS ONLY in Washington, DC which includes obtaining medical care that cannot be provided virtually; purchasing food and/or household goods; performing or accessing essential government functions; working at essential businesses; engaging in essential travel; or engaging in recreational activities, as defined by Mayor Muriel Bowser's Stay-At-Home Order.
Below is a breakdown of limited transportation services in the District of Columbia:
With certain states and municipalities beginning to lift stay-at-home orders, it’s important to create a Return to Work Plan to ensure you have commuter programs and policies in place that accommodate the interest of your organization and its employees. As we continue to adapt to the “new normal,” goDCgo employer services recommends putting in place a variety of commuter benefit options that help your employees feel safe and confident as they commute to and from the office, or when working remotely.
As the saying goes, "You never forget how to ride a bike," so it's a skill that you carry for a lifetime. Put those skills to good use by exploring the 150 miles of bike lanes and trails that Washington, DC has to offer! goDCgo encourages you to join the rising number of residents who already commute by bike, making DC a healthier, greener, and more sustainable city. Our prospering bike community continues to grow year over year, with an emphasis on the District's commitment to improving bike safety, infrastructure, and accessibility. In fact, we're nationally recognized as one of the top cycling cities by popular advocacy groups like People for Bikes and the League of American Bicyclists!
Now that Washington, DC has entered a phased reopening, it's important that you consider how to accommodate your residents by adapting your amenities to support those who will work remotely more frequently. While more people retreat to work from home, we expect a rise in demand for onsite building amenities, like a gym, pool, or telework space, as a reprieve from the confines of the apartment and daily routine. Residents may also place a higher value in amenities like strong shared WiFi connections, complimentary printing and video conferencing capabilities, as well as information on sustainable transportation options near the property that allow safe social distancing.