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.
Get the convenience of a car and skip the costs of maintenance by using carshare or rideshare.
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 three companies that provide carsharing services in public space: Zipcar, Free2Move, and Lyft Rentals. 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.
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 via Lyft Line. Or, rent a car of your own from designated Lyft Rentals locations.
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.
Carpooling connection service for commuters traveling to or living in Washington, DC.
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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It’s 2023 and time to upgrade your commute! Join your local Commuter Connections Carpool Now app community of friends, neighbors, and coworkers who are better riding together. Save money, beat traffic, and be merry on your way to work or play.
As the weather continues to get colder, commuters who typically walk, bike, or take public transportation may be tempted to start driving to work. However, it's still possible to maintain your workplace's sustainability goals even through this shift in commuting habits. We've compiled a list of tips and tricks to help you reduce your driving employees' carbon footprints by creating a carpool-friendly workplace.
Biking is a wonderful mode of sustainable transportation that offers commuters fresh air and exercise while getting around the District. With over 100 miles of bike lines provided throughout the city, DC is committed more and more every year in getting residents and visitors on two wheels.
As the DC Parking Cashout Law reporting deadline (January 15, 2024) approaches, many District employers have chosen their compliance option and are beginning the reporting process. This can be a daunting task for those who have never reported before, which is why we’ve created a comprehensive overview on how to get started and how to report for each compliance option.
With the DC Parking Cashout Law reporting deadline approaching on January 15, 2024, employers across the District are asking: do I need to report my compliance this year? To make this confusing time easier, we’ve put together a quiz to answer that question based on your company situation.
Do you drive your child to and from school every day? Are you tired of waiting in long lines for pickup/dropoff? Now that students have settled into the hustle and bustle of the new school year, it’s the perfect time to explore a new way to get your kids to school: Carpooling.
A big thank you to everyone who participated in our 2023 goDCgo Commuter Challenge. Over the last three months challenge 565 participants logged 38,062 sustainable trips; reducing 88 tons of CO2 in the District, burning 2.5 million calories, and saving $100,000 collectively. Choosing to commute around the District sustainably may seem like a small effort but together these choices have a huge impact! Thank you to our challenge participants for doing their part to help DC become the healthiest, greenest, and most livable city in the nation!
Another big thank you to our sponsors! Without them we couldn't have had such a fun an amazing commuter challenge. From free food coupons and complimentary dinners to staycations and sporting event tickets, our sponsors provided us with amazing monthly prizes.
In honor of this year’s Telework Week DC (March 6-10) that kicked off the month, we’re celebrating Telework in all of its forms including fully remote workers and those on a hybrid schedule. Although most DC employers aren’t fully remote, at least 35% of employers in the District are shifting to a hybrid policy. The hybrid model may be the best of both worlds for employers, employees, and the city, but it does present its own challenges.
With the January 2023 DC Parking Cashout reporting deadline in the rearview mirror, it’s time for employers to start preparing for what’s to come. The next step for employers varies based on which compliance option your organization chose. To help you navigate your next steps, we’ve outlined below what you need to do over the next year for each compliance option and exemption, and for those organizations that missed the deadline.
In honor of Black History Month, we’re highlighting Black-owned restaurants within the District and the ways you can get to them sustainably. Maybe you already have your favorites or are looking to try something new; either way, enjoying delightful cuisine at these restaurants is an opportunity to explore and indulge. It’s an excellent opportunity to celebrate Black History Month, and by traveling sustainably, it can have a lasting impact on our environment and communities. We hope you continue to explore Black-owned restaurants and businesses, not just in February but all year long.