School Services

Transportation solutions for your school.

WHO WE ARE

School Services provides complimentary consultations to DC public, private, and charter schools to implement and enhance commuter benefit programs for staff, and encourage students and families to use sustainable transportation.

WHAT WE DO

From transit benefits to secure bike parking and carpooling, we make it easy for your teachers, staff, and students to choose sustainable, affordable, and healthy ways to get to school.

WHY US

As a free service, we work with you to customize, create, administer, and increase access to transportation benefits and programs. We also provides resources and support to your teachers, staff, and students.

60000+

STUDENTS ENROLLED IN DC SCHOOLS

93700 +

50%

OF STUDENTS ATTEND A SCHOOL OUTSIDE OF THEIR NEIGHBORHOOD

73 %

10%

OF SCHOOL STAFF COMMUTE FROM MD & VA

43 %

0.0%

OF DCPS STAFF USE COMMUTER BENEFITS

3.8 %

OUR SERVICES

  • Sustainable Transportation Plan

    Complimentary assistance and resources to help you develop an effective Sustainable Transportation Plan for your school. Download the template to get started.

  • DC Commuter Benefits Law

    Complimentary consultation and resources every step of the way to help your school become compliant with the law. Download the toolkit to get started.

  • Brochures & Custom Materials

    Get Around Guides mapping your nearby transportation options, commuter benefit templates, and brochure ordering services.

  • Capital Bikeshare Memberships

    Assistance with discounted Capital Bikeshare Corporate Memberships to encourage teachers and staff to bike to school.

  • Webinars & On-Site Promotions

    Custom online or on‐site education about sustainable transportation choices and commute options, available upon request.

  • Bike-Friendly Workplace Solutions

    Solutions to all of your school’s bicycling needs, from secure bike storage to employee bike benefit implementation. Watch our webinar to get started.

  • Parking Management Assistance

    Assistance creating parking management policies that encourage staff to take sustainable transportation, available upon request.

  • Carpool/Vanpool Formation

    Solutions to your school’s carpool and vanpool needs, from policy establishment to finding the right technology, available upon request.

  • School Commute Surveys

    Unique commuter surveys polling your staff and students’ travel patterns to uncover results and identify transportation program recommendations, available upon request.

COMMUTER BENEFITS

Commuter benefits are transportation fringe benefits regulated under Section 132(f) of the IRS Tax Code, allowing employees to reduce their monthly commuting expenses for transit, vanpool, and parking. Employers can offer employees a range of pre‐tax or subsidized transit benefits, as well as a host of related perks such as secure bike parking and assistance finding a carpool.

This law requires organizations and businesses (including public, private, and charter schools) with 20 or more employees who work in the District to offer commuter transit benefits—pre‐tax or subsidized—for use on Metrorail, local and express buses, commuter trains and vanpools.  Employer‐provided transportation also complies with the Law.

Fines for Non‐Compliance
Effective November 14, 2019, businesses operating in Washington, DC that are not in compliance with the DC Commuter Benefits Law, will be subject to fines. For the first offense, each month that an employer is not in compliance could result in a fine of $100 per covered employeeRepeat offenders would see fines of $200 per employee for the second offense, $400 per employee for the third offense, and $800 per employee for subsequent offenses. The Department of Employment Services (DOES) can answer questions regarding compliance and enforcement. Please contact DOES, Office of Wage‐Hour at 202‐671‐1880 or OWH.ask@dc.gov.

Learn more and find your path to compliance by downloading our Commuter Benefit Toolkit

  • Save up to 9% on FICA payroll taxes
  • Reduce faculty and staff commute costs by up to $1,000 in taxable income and out‐of pocket
    commute expenses

  • Increase job satisfaction and improve faculty and staff retention
  • Promote healthy, active transportation and lower healthcare costs
  • Help reduce teacher and staff stress from commuting and related expenses

  • Receive an official goDCgo designation as a School Transportation Ambassador for your
    commitment to sustainable transportation.
  • Be seen as forward‐thinking and committed to being a green school
  • Compete for designations like Best Workplaces for Commuters and Bicycle Friendly
    Business
  • Earn Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) credits

What They Are

Pre‐tax: Employees can deduct up to $270 per month from their paycheck before taxes and use it towards Metrorail, bus, commuter rail and vanpool fares.

Subsidized: Employers may offer financial support in the form of a fringe benefit (employee is not taxed) specifically to fund an employee’s daily commute.  For information on the treatment of certain fringe benefits, including qualified fringe benefits, review the IRS 2019 Publication 15‐B, the Employer’s Tax Guide to Fringe Benefits.

How to Provide
Transit benefits can be administered in‐house at no cost through WMATA’s SmartBenefits®
program. On a monthly basis, pre‐tax or subsidized funds are auto‐loaded onto an employee’s SmarTrip® card for use on most regional transportation. If your employee(s) do not currently have a WMATA SmarTrip® card, they can conveniently purchase one online. Set up your organization’s SmartBenefits® account online at wmata.com/smartbenefits. Collect and enter employees’ SmarTrip® serial numbers and requested contribution amounts online by the 15th of the month. Funds appear on employees’ cards on the 1st of the following month. Watch the FICA and payroll tax savings roll in with praise from your satisfied employees!

What It Is
Employers may provide a benefit to cover bicycle‐related expenses. It is an optional taxable benefit that does not make an employer compliant with the DC Commuter Benefits Law.

How to Provide
The benefit can be managed internally by reimbursing faculty and staff for bicycle‐related expenses or by providing a monthly voucher, redeemable at local bike shops.  The Bicycle Commuter Benefit is only available as an employer‐paid benefit. Faculty and staff can receive both the transit benefit and bicycle benefit in the same month. Access to a transit benefit and a bike benefit will have the most impact on an employee’s decision to travel to work sustainably.

Effective January 1, 2018, individuals who participate in an Employer‐Provided Bicycle Benefit must report the benefit as taxable income.

The Capital Bikeshare Corporate Membership Program is a great perk for schools to offer to faculty and staff. Learn more about the four membership levels available and enroll your school today.

Eager to go the extra mile?

Employers may also offer shuttles, carsharing services, and extra
monetary incentives like walking benefits.

Creating a Commute-Friendly School

Bike

Encouraging your teachers, staff, and students to bike is a great way to promote a healthy school and an environmentally friendly travel mode. Develop a bike culture by hosting monthly bike commuter breakfasts, participating in the region’s Bike to School/Bike to Work Day celebrations and starting a Bike Buddy program to help novice cyclists learn from the veterans. From bike rack installation to employee bike benefits, contact goDCgo for complimentary support as you improve your school’s bike appeal!

  • Bicycle Commuter Benefit

    Schools may provide a bicycle benefit to cover their employees’ bicycle‐related expenses. Teachers and staff who participate in any employer‐provided bicycle benefits program will have to report the benefit as taxable income.

  • Capital Bikeshare Corporate Memberships

    Schools can make it easy for teachers and staff to bike to work, around town for lunch or just for fun. Each one‐year employee membership includes unlimited 30‐minute rides and is a low‐cost benefit to add to your wellness initiatives and commute program. DC government employees, including DCPS teachers, are eligible for a $25 annual membership.

  • Maps & Resources

    Prominently display helpful, informational materials to show your commitment to bike commuting. Request free DC Bike Maps, Capital Bikeshare brochures and bike safety guides for your lobby and new employee/student orientation packets.

  • Carpool to School

    CarpooltoSchool, a DC based app, offers school administrators the ability to leverage technology to offer diverse, low maintenance resources parents need to organize carpools, walkpools, and bikepools.

  • Showers & Lockers

    Having a convenient place to shower and change clothes removes one barrier to biking. Schools can work with their building management to add or adapt existing facilities and policies to allow free access to showers and locker rooms for bike commuters.

  • Secure Bike Parking

    Secure bike parking for employees and students inside your building gives a rider peace of mind when they bike to school. Under DC’s Bike Parking Regulations, bike parking is required in all buildings with car parking. Submit a request to your building management team.

  • Bike Racks

    Placing bike racks in front of your school can reduces the demand for teacher and staff parking. Standard bike racks are provided by the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) at no cost, while custom art racks can be purchased for $500‐$1,500. Request a free bike rack assessment from DDOT.

  • Real-time Transit Displays

    Installing a transit display in your lobby provides employees and students with realtime information about Capital Bikeshare bike and dock availability around your office. Contact TransitScreen® or Redmon Group to get started.

  • Classes

    The Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) provides Everyday Biking Seminars* and Confident City Cycling classes. WABA can also customize a ride or class to support your organization’s unique location and culture. Private and Charter schools can work with WABA to include student biking classes in their curriculum.

    *Everyday Biking Seminars are free for Capital Bikeshare Corporate Members

  • goDCgo Transportation Ambassadors

    goDCgo’s School Transporation Ambassadors recognizes DC public, private, and charter schools for their commitment to sustainable transportation. goDCgo will recognize Bike‐Friendly schools at the inaugural School Ambassador Awards in 2021.

  • Bicycle Friendly Business

    The League of American Bicyclists’ elite Bicycle‐Friendly Business designation acknowledges organizations that promote biking as a healthy, sustainable and fun form of transportation. goDCgo can help you earn points towards the Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum designation through fun activities, better bike parking, customized messaging and more.

Do your students feel safe walking and biking to and from school? Safe Routes to School is a District Department of Transportation (DDOT) program that works with DC schools to improve walking and biking safety for students and encourage more students and parents to walk and bike to school. To achieve this, safe routes to school offers school planning assistance, sidewalk construction, and bicycle education. Reach out to Safe Routes to improve your school’s safety!

The Guaranteed Ride Home (GRH) program provides commuters who regularly (twice a week) bike to work with a FREE reliable ride home, up to four times per year, for emergencies or unscheduled overtime. Maintain productivity, increase morale and continue the flow of business by encouraging participation in GRH. goDCgo can help you promote the program by providing customized marketing materials and hosting on‐site events to answer questions regarding the service. Contact us for more information.

Transit

From commuter benefits to real‐time transit displays, transit‐friendly programs help maintain a competitive edge in today’s market while giving teachers and staff the work‐life balance they need. Contact goDCgo for complimentary support creating a transit‐friendly program that meets the unique needs of your teachers, students, and staff.

Teachers and staff can deduct up to $270 per month from their paycheck before taxes and use it towards Metrorail, bus, commuter rail and vanpool fares. Many schools choose to subsidize teacher and staff’s transit fares or mix‐and‐match subsidies and pre‐tax deductions. For more information, see Commuter Benefits.

  • Real-Time Transit Displays

    Displays provide real‐time arrival and departure information specific to your school’s location. Make it easy for teachers and staff to catch the next bus or train by installing a real‐time transit display in your lobby. Contact TransitScreen® or Redmon Group to get started.

  • Maps & Resources

    Make the most of your transit‐friendly location by prominently displaying transportation maps for employees and students. Request free Metrorail and bus brochures for your front desk and new employee/student orientation packets.

  • Transit Passes

    Employees can conveniently buy a SmarTrip® card online with any major credit or debit card. SmarTrip® cards can also be purchased at any Metrorail station or at Metro sales offices, retail outlets and commuter stores.

  • Kids Ride Free

    Kids Ride Free (KRF) is a District Department of Transportation (DDOT) program that allows K‐12 students to ride for free on Metrobus, the DC Circulator, and Metrorail within the District to get to school and school‐related activities. Public, private, and charter schools would work with DDOT to make sure students and parents of students have easy access to apply for the program and collect their Kids Ride Free SmarTrip cards.

  • OSSE

    The Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) provides bused transportation for students with disabilities. Public, private, and charter schools should work with parents to establish the student’s individual education program (IEP) and get them enrolled for the transit program.

The Guaranteed Ride Home (GRH) program provides commuters who regularly (twice a week) take transit to work with a FREE reliable ride home, up to four times per year, for emergencies or unscheduled overtime. Maintain productivity, increase morale and continue the flow of business by encouraging participation in GRH. goDCgo can help you promote the program by providing customized marketing materials and hosting on‐site events to answer questions regarding the service. Contact us for more information.

Carpool & Vanpool

Teachers and staff who share the ride arrive to work less stressed and exhibit higher productivity. If you own or lease parking facilities for employees, each employee who carpools or vanpools could also save your company up to 9% on employee payroll taxes. Contact goDCgo for educational materials and assistance setting up a rideshare program and incentives at your school.

  • Carpooling

    The most common form of ridesharing, carpooling is an arrangement by a group of commuters to drive together in one commuter’s personal car to their worksite(s). Carpools usually consist of individuals who live and work near each other and have the same schedule.

  • Vanpooling

    Vanpool commuters pay a monthly fare and drive together in a leased van to their worksite(s). Vanpools often originate at a park‐and‐ride lot and allow commuters to get the cost savings and convenience of public transit in areas with limited transit options. Vanpools are often the fastest and most cost‐effective mode of travel for commuters traveling more than 15‐20 miles to work.

  • Pre-tax and Tax-free Vanpool Benefits

    The IRS allows vanpool commuters in minivans and full‐size vans (seven to 15 passengers) to use commuter transit benefits toward vanpool fares. Employers may offer a pre‐tax deduction or subsidy of up to $270 per month. Most regional vanpool providers accept SmartBenefits® as payment. For more information on setting up a vanpool program, see Commuter Benefits.

  • Carpool Benefits

    Employers may offer an additional, taxable incentive to employees who carpool and do not qualify for existing transit or vanpool benefits programs.

  • 'Pool Rewards

    Carpool and vanpool commuters can earn cash incentives through the Commuter Connections ‘Pool Rewards program for each day they share the ride. New carpools and vanpools can earn up to $150 per month for choosing to share a ride to work.

  • Ridematching Assistance

    Conduct a survey or use employee and student zip codes to identify teacher, staff, or students who live near each other and would be willing to share the ride to school. Commuter Connections’ Ridematching service can also help find matches outside of your school.

  • Priority & Discounted Parking

    Encourage teachers and staff to share the ride by reserving prime parking spaces or offering discounted parking to those who carpool or vanpool.

  • Maps & Resources

    Show off your commitment to ridesharing by prominently displaying helpful informational materials in your reception area and in teacher/student orientation packets. Request free Commuter Connections and vanpool provider brochures.

  • CarpooltoSchool

    CarpooltoSchool, a DC based app, offers school administrators the ability to leverage technology to offer diverse, low maintenance resources parents need to organize carpools, walkpools, and bikepools.

goDCgo Ambassador Awards

goDCgo’s School Ambassadors Program recognizes DC public, private, and charter schools for their commitment to sustainable transportation. goDCgo will recognize schools that are Carpool/Vanpool friendly at the inaugural School Ambassador Awards in 2021.

The Guaranteed Ride Home (GRH) program provides commuters who regularly (twice a week) carpool/vanpool to work with a FREE reliable ride home, up to four times per year, for emergencies or unscheduled overtime. Maintain productivity, increase morale and continue the flow of business by encouraging participation in GRH. goDCgo can help you promote the program by providing customized marketing materials and hosting on‐site events to answer questions regarding the service. Contact us for more information.

Walk

Walking programs are a great way to energize and motivate your teachers, staff, and students while cutting down on employee insurance and health care costs. Help your teachers, staff, and students choose the healthiest, most sustainable mode of transportation there is—their own two feet! After all, the District has been designated a Gold‐level Walk‐Friendly Community. From supplemental commuter benefits to walking meetings and school‐wide walk challenges, there’s a lot your organization can do to encourage walking to or during school. Contact goDCgo for complimentary resources, information and services to build a custom walking program at your school.

Safe Routes to School is a District Department of Transportation (DDOT) program that works with DC schools to improve facilities for walking and biking for students and encourage more students and parents to walk and bike to school. To achieve this, Safe Routes to School offers school planning assistance, sidewalk construction, and bicycle education. Reach out to Safe Routes.

  • Request a School Crossing Guard

    The District Department of Transportation’s (DDOT) School Crossing Guard Program helps students safely cross hazardous intersections en route to school. If you’d like to improve your school’s safety, request a School Crossing Guard today!

  • Maps & Resources

    Prominently display helpful, informational materials to encourage walking to or during school. Request free walking brochures and pedestrian safety guides for your lobby and new employee/student orientation packets.

  • Showers & Lockers

    Having a convenient place to shower and change clothes encourages employees to walk or run to the office. Schools can work with their building management to add or adapt existing facilities and policies to allow free access to showers and locker rooms for walkers.

  • Health and Transportation Fairs

    Health and transportation fairs are the perfect opportunity to distribute information about walking initiatives, groups and meetups. Request goDCgo attendance for help answering questions at your event.

  • CarpooltoSchool

    CarpooltoSchool, a DC based app, offers school administrators the ability to leverage technology to offer diverse, low maintenance resources parents need to organize carpools, walkpools, and bikepools.

These national workplace and school walking programs offer ready‐made resources to help establish your school as a walk‐friendly organization.

  • WalkingWorks

    Established by BlueCross BlueShield, WalkingWorks provides guidelines, resources and tips to help motivate employees to integrate walking into their everyday routine.

  • Every Body Walk

    Every Body Walk focuses on working walking into all aspects of daily life. This site provides resources to promote walking at your workplace, including a walking pledge, helpful maps and health information.

  • Start! Workplace Walking Program

    Start! The American Heart Association’s workplace walking program helps companies encourage employees to walk by setting up walking routes and routines.

  • National Walk to Work Day

    Held annually on the first Friday in April, National Walk to Work Day encourages participants to walk for all or part of their commute.

  • National Walk at Lunch Day

    Organized by BlueCross BlueShield and held on the last Wednesday in April, National Walk at Lunch Day aims to establish new workplace walking routines, helping employees improve their health step‐by‐step.

  • National Walk to School Day

    Held annually on the first Wednesday in October, National Walk to School Day encourages students and teachers to walk for all or part of their commute.

The Guaranteed Ride Home (GRH) program provides commuters who regularly (twice a week) walk to work with a FREE reliable ride home, up to four times per year, for emergencies or unscheduled overtime. Maintain productivity, increase morale and continue the flow of business by encouraging participation in GRH. goDCgo can help you promote the program by providing customized marketing materials and hosting on‐site events to answer questions regarding the service. Contact us for more information.

Parking

Schools who provide free or subsidized parking may offer teachers and staff a taxable cash payment in lieu of a parking space. This flexible commuter benefit, often referred to as a parking cash‐out, encourages teachers and staff to use alternative commute modes and helps reduce a company’s parking costs. For charters and private schools, offering daily parking rates, as opposed to weekly or monthly passes, also allows teachers and staff flexibility to adjust their daily travel choices to work. Contact goDCgo for complimentary support establishing and administering parking management strategies at your office.

goDCgo Transportation Ambassadors

goDCgo’s School Transportation Ambassadors recognizes DC public, private, and charter schools for their commitment to sustainable transportation. goDCgo will recognize schools that implement Parking Cash‐outs at the inaugural School Ambassador Awards in 2021.

Request a School Crossing Guard

The District Department of Transportation’s (DDOT) School Crossing Guard Program helps students safely cross hazardous intersections en route to school. If you’d like to improve your school’s safety, request a School Crossing Guard today!

Safe Routes to School

Safe Routes to School is a District Department of Transportation (DDOT) program that works with DC schools to improve facilities for walking and biking to encourage more students and parents to walk and bike to school. To achieve this, Safe Routes to School offers school planning assistance, sidewalk construction, and bicycle education.

Teacher and Staff Resources

  • goDCgo Transit Map

    Plan your commute using goDCgo’s robust, interactive map that shows metropolitan DC’s complete transit network.

  • Transit Subsidy

    The DC Government provides a monthly subsidy to eligible DC Government employees, including some DCPS staff. Contact DCPS HR for more information.

  • Taxi-to-Rail (T2R) Program

    Provides more transportation options to residents in neighborhoods East of the Anacostia River. Learn more. 

  • Scooters for Low-Income Customers

    Get FREE unlimited 30‐minute scooter trips when you qualify for the low‐income customer program. Must be 16yrs or older to ride.

  • Capital Bikeshare

    Metro DC’s bikeshare system available for use 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. DC government employees, including DCPS teachers, are eligible for a $25 annual membership

  • Learn More About Biking

    Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) provides bike and commuting education to those that work or live in the District.

  • Make a Carpool Connection

    Create a profile in the regional ride‐matching database to find other carpoolers near you. Don’t forget to sign‐up for POOL rewards to receive cash for participating in a carpool.

  • Sluglines

    Discover slugging, a unique form of casual carpooling. Find locations near you and request a slug pick‐up in this app

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STUDENT AND FAMILY RESOURCES

  • Kids Ride Free

    The Kids Ride Free (KRF) program allows K‐12 students that live in DC to ride free on Metrobus, DC Circulator, and Metrorail within the District.

  • Transit for Students with Disabilities

    Information on the Office of the State Superintendent of Education’s (OSSE) transportation program for students with disabilities.

  • Scooters for Low-Income Customers

    Get FREE unlimited 30‐minute scooter trips when you qualify for the low‐income customer program. Must be 16 years or older to ride.

  • Capital Bikeshare

    Metro DC’s bikeshare system available for use 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. CaBi for all Low‐Income Program available for $5. Must be 16yrs or older old to ride.

  • CarpooltoSchool

    CarpooltoSchool is a secure online service that match you to other parents who want to create a carpool, walkpool, or bikepool.

  • DME Safe Passage Interactive Map

    Use DME Safe Passage Map to view crossing guard and public transportation locations to plan the safest route to your school.

  • Learn More About Biking

    Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) provides educational biking classes and seminars to those that work, live, or go to school in the District.

  • Scooting Tips & Safety Infographic

    Follow these rules and tips for scooting safety in the District.

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MEET OUR TEAM

  • Barbara manages the goDCgo Transportation Demand Management (TDM) for schools program. She works with DC public, charter, and private school students and staff to shift travel behavior from driving alone. Her goal is to develop a long-lasting culture of walking, biking, taking transit, and sharing a ride to get to and from DC schools.

    barbara.moreno@godcgo.com

    Barbara Moreno

    Client Services Manager, Schools Program

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