39% of commuters in the Washington, DC area leave their car at home and opt for public transit, biking, walking, ridesharing, and teleworking.
Emissions could be reduced by up to 20% if you choose to take public transportation, bike or telework one day each week.
97% of DC-area bike commuters report a satisfied—happier, more stress-free—commute.
40% of District employees live within one mile of a train station, e.g., Metrorail, VRE, MARC and Amtrak.
Two out of three DC businesses offer commuter benefits to their employees—saving them time and money.
Set up an account at CommuterDirect.com to place renewable orders and automatically receive the tickets and passes you need for your commute.
Become a Commuter Connections user to access four free rides each year in the event of an emergency or unscheduled overtime.
Join the 255,000+ DC-area employees that telework on a daily basis to help reduce the region’s traffic and emissions.
Purchase a WMATA SmarTrip® card to be used interchangeably throughout Washington, Baltimore and the surrounding region.
Scooting is a new sustainable mobility option in the District. Follow these rules and safety tips to ensure a safe city for everyone.
Help make our city a better place to live, work, and play! Download our FREE Get Around Guide for a list of sustainable transportation options in DC.
Many DC employers offer financial assistance, tools and incentives that save you money, time and stress on your commute. Commuter benefits include tax-free subsidies, corporate Capital Bikeshare memberships and telework arrangements. Ask your HR department which benefits are available to you.
Organizations with 20 or more employees in the District of Columbia are required to offer commuter benefits to their employees. This Law could help you save up to $1,000 a year on your commute costs.
Download this Justification Letter to communicate to your employer that setting up a commuter benefits program is mutually beneficial. You can also share our Employer Commuter Benefits Toolkit with your employer and encourage them to contact goDCgo’s Employer Services team—we’re happy to walk them through the setup process. Compliance with the law is mandatory. If your employer has 20+ employees but does not offer commuter benefits, contact the DC Department of Employment Services (DOES) Office of Wage-Hour at 202.671.1880 or OWH.email@example.com.
Employers may offer a wide variety of benefits to make commuting easier, such as:
Employers may also provide innovative programs, including:
Employers may offer on-site amenities, including:
Savings on your commute will depend on the type of commuter benefits program offered by your employer. In general, employees who participate in a pre-tax commuter benefit can expect to save up to 35-40% per month. Contact your HR department for your programs’ specifics.
Enrolling in a commuter benefits program is usually fast and easy. Consult your organization’s HR department to learn about existing commuter benefits programs. If your workplace does not currently offer these benefits, use our template justification letter to communicate that setting up a program is mutually beneficial. You can also share our Employer Commuter Benefits Toolkit and let goDCgo’s Employer Services team walk your employer through the setup process.
Washington, DC is heavily invested in providing affordable, alternative transportation options to residents across all eight wards of the city, regardless of income. To help meet that goal, DC has a number of transportation programs that provide discounted access to Capital Bikeshare, dockless vehicles such as scooters, and others.
Now that you’ve already been rolling on two wheels, try riding a scooter! Scooting has become a popular sustainable mobility option in the District. Follow these rules and safety tips to ensure a safe city for everyone.
Finding a good route is important when you are trying to get around the region by bike. Fortunately, there are maps, apps, websites and tools to help you find your way. Listed below are some of our favorites. We are always looking for great apps and resources to add to our collection. Contact us with your suggestions.
Allows you to view all station locations and the number of available bikes and docks, purchase a pass, unlock a bike, and ride right away!
The ultimate transport app that uses open data, mobile, and payment technology to make transport sustainable and hassle free; particularly useful for bike and dock availability.
You’ll be able to get real-time information for all your mobility options anywhere and everywhere you go. Data is sorted by what’s most useful at the exact time and moment you open the app.
A robust, interactive transit map that shows metropolitan DC’s complete bike network. From bike-friendly roads to dirt paths and trails, this handy tool will help you get going on two wheels.
Helbiz is your new urban mobility partner. Simply tap to instantly unlock, ride, and leave your e-bike anywhere for the next person to use.
Web tool identifying bike parking locations throughout the Washington, DC region.
Web tool helping you find safer bike routes.
Ride Report tracks your miles, maps your routes, and awards ride streaks for your daily errands and commutes.
Social network connecting runners and cyclists through the sports they love.
Transit is your real-time urban travel companion. Get accurate real-time predictions, simple trip planning, step-by-step navigation, service disruption notifications, and departure and stop reminders. You can also easily find and grab the closest bikeshare.
Map specializing in bike shops, trail access, incidents, and DC routes.
The metro DC area offers a robust network of local and regional bus systems getting you to and around the city. Explore your options below to find a route that works best for you. We’re on the hunt for additional apps and resources to add to our collection. Contact us with your suggestions.
Looking to change up your commute? Our map has all of the information you need to plan out a new route.GET TO KNOW YOUR OPTION
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Thinking about carpooling but not sure where to start? You’re in luck! With a rideshare database and guaranteed ride home, Commuter Connections can help make carpooling easy.
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.
This new year brings a welcomed spirit of new beginnings and the perfect opportunity to rethink your commute. Will you be returning to the office full-time or a few days a week? Have you considered resuming your pre-pandemic commute? Are you exploring other travel options for getting to work? You should ask yourself these questions, among others, when considering the commute that best meets your needs.
As an initiative of the District Department of Transportation, goDCgo plays an integral part in serving the needs of clients, commuters, and residents in our nation’s capital. For more than 10 years, we’ve been the leading resource for transportation information in Washington, DC, and are always here to support all your commuting needs. During these unprecedented times, there is nothing we care about more than the health and safety of our community. Each day, we’ve been learning more information around the coronavirus (COVID-19), and we want to continue ensuring you that we are taking the necessary actions to protect the health and safety of the audiences we serve.
Every year, February is celebrated as Black History Month to recognize both the achievements and central role of African Americans in US history. Initially coined "Negro History Week" in 1926 by the notable black historian Carter G. Woodson, the week was founded to raise awareness about African Americans' contributions to civilization. Decades later, Woodson's legacy remains stronger than ever. In fact, the celebration expanded to a month during its 50th anniversary in 1976 to become the first-ever African American History Month. Since then, each US president has designated February as Black History Month and endorsed a specific theme. From our nation's first African American president, Barack Obama, to one of the greatest leaders of the Civil Rights Movement, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we thank you and honor you for your contributions.
Since the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, telework has become a popular solution that allows employees to stay safe at home while maintaining business productivity and operations. This type of arrangement allows you to skip the commute to work entirely from home or another alternative worksite. To create an environment that is conducive to productive work, you'll need more than a desktop computer or laptop in order to perform your duties comfortably and efficiently. For the ultimate, ergonomically-friendly space, check out the goDCgo team's favorite telework tools below.
As of December 2020, WMATA's multi-year Platform Improvement Project (PIP) hit a milestone by passing the 50% completion mark, with 11 of 20 total stations now completed -- and the project continues to push forward. Beginning Saturday, February 13 to Sunday, May 23, WMATA will perform the next phase of its PIP to repair and reconstruct platforms at two stations on the Blue Line: Addison Road and Arlington Cemetery. As a result, there will be NO Blue Line service. To help you plan accordingly, goDCgo has outlined some of your travel alternatives below.
During this time, FREE shuttle bus service will be available. Additional Yellow Line trains will replace Blue Line trains between Franconia-Springfield and Mt Vernon Square. Silver Line trains will continue to pass through but not serve Addison Road while the station is closed to minimize service impacts outside the construction area.
Washington, DC is heavily invested in providing affordable, alternative transportation options to residents across all eight wards of the city, regardless of income. To help meet that goal, DC has a number of transportation programs that provide discounted access to Capital Bikeshare, dockless vehicles such as scooters, and catching a cab, among others.
Carver Apartments, a 63-unit building situated in the District’s LeDroit Park neighborhood, has created a car-lite community ready to embrace sustainable transportation. After Carver Apartments opened in 2019, Dominique Danielle, Marketing Manager at Urban Investment Properties (UIP), developed a transit-friendly campaign to attract new residents.
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 commuters.
Use goDCgo’s quick reference guide of transportation options in Washington, DC so you can travel sustainably.