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!
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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 without the expenses of car ownership, like gas, monthly parking, and insurance. In the District there are two companies that provide carsharing services in public space: 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 currently operating a point-to-point carsharing service 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 currently operating a reserved-space carsharing service 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 District Department of Transportation (DDOT) launched ParkDC Permits, a new, centralized system for DC residents in RPP Zones and their visitors to manage visitor, temporary, home health aide, and contractor parking permits through an online portal. Residents and their visitors can use the portal to set up ParkDC Permits accounts and to issue and receive permits to legally park in RPP zones.
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.
Use the ParkDC Permits online portal to simplify requests for parking permits for visitors, contractors, and home health aides.
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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While Washington, DC has reopened for the summer, there's even more coming in the fall! We're getting back to our regularly scheduled programming and looking forward to the return of in-person music and food events, art shows, and neighborhood festivals throughout the city. There's a long list of upcoming events, so goDCgo has highlighted five popular fall festivals that you should attend and the best ways to get there without a car. Please be advised that face masks are required for ALL riders when using public transit while on board, within stations, and at bus stops. If you are not fully vaccinated, you must continue to wear a face mask indoors and in crowded outdoor spaces.
Whether you live in the District or visiting to experience the culture, goDCgo highly suggests leaving the car behind to avoid traffic and the search for parking. Get to the fall festivities using sustainable transportation instead! In addition to the public transit options below, you can easily get around by walking, bikeshare, or scooter.
Ready to get real? Real-time transit displays, that is! Transit display screens show real-time information about local buses, trains, subways, bikeshare, and weather. Here in DC, that includes public transportation information about Capital Bikeshare, DC Circulator, Metrobus, Metrorail, Lyft, and Uber.
Despite challenges presented by the pandemic, many residential properties in the District have remained resilient over the past year. Whether it was an existing multi-family property or new development, goDCgo appreciates these properties' commitment to providing and promoting sustainable transportation for staff and residents.
As of Saturday, May 1, Washington, DC has transitioned to the use of 11 high-capacity, walk-up, no appointment needed vaccination sites. Please be advised that designated walk-up sites are for first vaccination doses ONLY. After you receive your first dose, you still need to make an appointment to get your second dose. The walk-up sites are available in addition to pharmacies, clinics, and health care providers that are administering the vaccines throughout the District. These sites will operate their own scheduling systems.
When students walk to school, they're setting good habits and a positive tone for the day. Although distance, weather, and infrastructure can make walking challenging for some, those that do live within walking distance (typically 1 mile or less) can reap some amazing benefits from getting their stride on each day. Here are five ways walking to school can benefit your children and family.
1. Improve Test Scores
Adding just 20 minutes of physical activity (approximately the time it takes to walk a mile) into a child's day can increase test scores. In a 2015 study, researchers found that after just 20 minutes of physical activity students tested better in reading, spelling, and math and were more likely to read above their grade level. By having your child walk to and from school you can help them perform better.
2. Fewer Sick Days
Walking just 30 minutes a day can boost your child's immune system and cut their risk of catching a cold in half. Walking to school could mean fewer sick days for your child and fewer missed work days for you.
3. Improve Mental Health
With mental health issues rising in children throughout the past decade, it's important to find small ways to combat these issues and improve mental health on a daily basis. During the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, children have been sheltered from their normal interactions with peers such as playing during recess and the overall social aspect of being in person. Walking can help to reduce the severity of mental health issues. Just an hour of physical activity a day can help reduce stress and reduce depression and anxiety.
4. Improve Sleep
Sleep is crucial for children and teens who are developing both mentally and physically, but unfortunately students, especially teenagers, can have issues with sleep and often don't get a good night's rest. Walking to school can help children and teens sleep more soundly and improve their sleep quality. Getting an adequate amount of sleep in turn can contribute to higher test scores, better moods and behavior, and improved mental and physical health.
5. It's Good For You, Too!
It's advised that children under ten are walked to school by a parent, trusted adult, or as a part of a walkpool (similar to carpools but walking instead of driving). By walking your child to school, you can reap the health benefits that walking brings as well. Walking just 30 minutes a day can reduce the risk of diabetes, heart disease, depression, certain cancers, Alzheimer's and dementia, osteoporosis while improving fatigue, blood pressure, strength, and boosting endorphins and the immune system. Walking your child to school can make you healthier and happier!
Worried About Safety?
Safety can be a big concern for many parents when it comes to walking to school. Parents can ensure their child is safe by helping them understand and obey traffic signs and signals. Walking in groups and adopting a buddy system can also increase safety. Walkers should also avoid using electronics that could distract them during their route.
In addition, the District's Safe Routes to Schools program works year-round to advance safe walking and biking to and from schools and address problem areas. DC's Safe Passage initiative has also identified safe spot locations that are local stores and businesses known to welcome students who encounter safety issues on their way to and from school. Find safe spot locations along your route to school.
Since the onset of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the District has experienced a decline in traffic due to many of us working from home. However, there's evidence that people may actually be driving more for non-commute trips. Many individuals have shifted to driving outside of work for recreation and to run errands, visit stores, workout at the gym, go out to eat, etc., leading to an increase in personal vehicle trips. And as people start returning to workplaces, our commute choice plays an integral role in helping to mitigate traffic congestion. goDCgo encourages you to do your part and travel sustainably by foot, bike, bus, scooter, Metro, or rideshare.
Additionally, being able to telework has major implications for the environment, because in the U.S., transportation is the biggest source of greenhouse gases. So, if you have the option to work remotely, you can help fight climate change and improve the air quality in DC and beyond.
Our nation's capital boasts a number of sustainable transportation options including public transit and active modes like biking, walking, and scooting. This makes it easy to get around, no matter the mode you choose. In fact, Washington, DC ranks the 4th most transit-friendly city, 7th most walkable city, and 9th most bike-friendly city in the U.S.!
Many unsung heroes of the pandemic are our low-wage workers. More than 53 million people, or 44 percent of all workers ages 18 to 64 in the United States, earn low hourly wages. According to the Brookings Institute, a low wage is $17.26/hour, which working full-time equates to roughly $36,000/year. These are people who work at grocery stores, restaurants, and retail establishments; in building security; and at countless other jobs.
Over the past year, telework has certainly provided value as a safe alternative work arrangement in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Whether it’s one day a week or every day, teleworking can save you time and money, reduce air pollution, and even help stop the spread of COVID-19. We understand that many people can’t telework due to the nature of their job and recognize that the telework experience differs from that of pre-COVID times, however, we encourage everyone to take time for wellness which can start with recapturing the personal time that commuting to the office previously offered.
Black History Month is nationally observed every February to recognize the great contributions of African Americans in US history -- past, present, and future. This year, goDCgo is celebrating Black History Month in a new way by highlighting some of the black-owned businesses in the District and how to get to their storefront locations using sustainable transportation.