You can find dockless bikes and scooters, bus stops, Capital Bikeshare stations, and Metro stations across all eight wards of the District. Qualified disabled and senior residents may also get assistance from WMATA’s bus and rail services.
Explore the many accessible transportation options for DC residents who are age 65 and older, living with disabilities, or considered low-income.
The District offers programs that enable more equitable access to transportation. There are free and discount programs for eligible residents to use Capital Bikeshare, dockless bikes, electric scooters, and public transit.
DC has a number of transportation programs in place that provide free or discounted access to the city’s alternative transportation options. Here’s a quick resource guide available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Amharic, and Vietnamese.
WMATA is committed to helping customers with disabilities use the Metrobus and Metrorail systems for travel around the region. Learn about their accessibility programs and features.
Eligible DC veterans seeking educational, health, employment, food distribution, or housing services can get FREE rideshare trips through the VetsRide program.
DC Neighborhood Connect is an on-demand shared-ride shuttle service, offering service in parts of wards 1, 4, 5 & 8 and the NoMa-Gallaudet Red Line Station in Ward 6.
Residents of the District who are 60-years and older and have a medical condition requiring essential life-sustaining appointments are eligible for non-emergency media transportation and meal delivery. Learn how you can apply for these benefits.
Want to learn more about Paratransit services in DC? Our Residential & Hospitality Services Coordinator, Lessie Henderson, discusses these equitable services with DC Yellow Cab, DC Department for-Hire Vehicles (DC DFHV) and the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) and how residents can benefit from them.
Transportation equity is the shared and just distribution of benefits and burdens when planning for and investing in transportation infrastructure and services. The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) is committed to elevating and advancing transportation equity to ensure public investments in transportation justly benefit all residents, visitors, and commuters.
Review DDOT’s equity statement and learn about their committed efforts to achieve transportation equity across all communities.
In the District, focused attention is given to historically under-resourced communities including people of color, individuals who identify as female, low-income residents, residents at risk of displacement, disabled residents, people experiencing homelessness or housing insecurity, the LGBTQ+ community, immigrant and refugee communities, youth, older adults, and people with limited English proficiency and literacy.
DDOT requires every permitted scooter company to make its vehicles available to everyone under the Low-Income Customer Plan. These companies must offer programs that reduce barriers to accessing dockless bikes and scooters, regardless of income. If eligible, you can get FREE unlimited 30-minue trips. To sign up, contact the individual operators:
There are two permitted moped operators in the District – Revel and Lime. Revel offers an Access Program that offers a 50% discount to eligible residents who actively participate in any local, state, or federal assistance programs. Revel also offers a 40% military discount for active duty members and veterans. Lime offers discounted fares through its Lime Access program, which can apply to any of its vehicles (dockless bikes, scooters, and mopeds).
Lime Able is an adaptive vehicle program designed for riders with unique ability needs. This is a great option if you are not comfortable or unable to utilize regular electric bikes or scooters; or require storage capabilities to carry vital medical equipment like a cane, braces, or oxygen equipment. Reserve a vehicle for up to 24 hours for FREE ($5 refundable deposit returned upon successful retrieval of device), delivered directly to a location of your choice.
To apply, download and complete the application, or request an application by calling 202-962-2700 and select option 1; or TTY 202-962-2033; or by emailing email@example.com.
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Now that the weather is cooler, there's nothing like a hot cup of coffee to warm you up! Even if you prefer iced over hot, black, with or without cream, or any variation in between, Washington, DC has plenty of spots to get a quality cup of joe. And since the city has so many staple coffee shops and cafés, goDCgo encourages you to take a tour of all of them! Continue following our blog series to discover more of DC's popular coffee spots and learn about the best ways to get to each of them by bike, bus, or Metro. Stay tuned for more café commutes to come!
Get ready for shorter days and longer nights as Daylight Saving Time will end on Sunday, November 6, 2022 at 2am. In addition to setting your clock back to standard time, goDCgo suggests staying extra alert once the sun goes down so you can stay safe while walking, biking, or driving. While this may or may not be the final ending to Daylight Saving Time (per the Sunshine Protection Act of 2021), we want you to be prepared to take the proper precautions when traveling around the District of Columbia after dark. Review the traffic laws and tips below, so bicyclists, motorists, and pedestrians can coexist peacefully on the road both day and night.
As many of you are probably aware, Washington, DC loves a good café! Whether you're a DC commuter, resident, or visitor, nothing quite gets a day in the District started like a soothing cup of joe. In our opinion, coffee is part of the DC culture, so goDCgo is shining a spotlight on some of the city's very own local cafés and coffee shops. Since there is such a long list of popular spots, we're creating an alphabetical series, so there will be even more to come! For now, let's jump into the first few. Be on the lookout for your favorite, and keep following us for the best ways to get there using alternative transportation for a true DC experience!
Does getting away from the city sound enticing, but the thought of driving makes you wince? Did you know you can take a quick day or weekend trip by using local or regional transit? Whether you want to travel a few miles or plan for something a bit farther away, we’ve got you covered. Below you’ll find several destinations highlighted that you can easily get to. It doesn’t matter if you are a solo traveler or a group, let us show you how easy it can be to hop on transit. All you need to do is pick a destination!
goDCgo is here to support sustainable transportation needs for all DC commuters and residents, regardless of age, ability, or income. In addition to providing complimentary resources about the alternative travel options available in the District, we have information on affordable, easily-accessible programs that can break down transportation barriers and help those with special mobility needs get to/from their communities and around the city. From adaptive vehicles, to shared rides, to the Metro, there's no limit to where you can go.
Living in Washington, DC can bring you closer to car-free living with all of the sustainable transportation options available to get you to, from, and around the city. In fact, Redfin ranked DC the 4th “Best City for Living Without a Car” in 2017. If you still aren’t quite ready to hang up your car keys, here’s the bigger picture of car ownership -- the average cost to own and operate a new car is nearly $10,000/year or $805.50/month. This estimate is calculated based on considerations for vehicle value and depreciation, finance/loans, and the price of gas, insurance, licensing, registration, taxes, maintenance, and repairs. It's no wonder that buying a car is one of the biggest purchases a person will make in their lives! Try calculating your own driving costs to see how much you're spending every year.
Now that students have recently returned to school, we want to make sure you know about all the ways they can get there -- for FREE! The Kids Ride Free (KRF) transit subsidy program allows students to ride the Metrobus, Metrorail, and DC Circulator to school and school-related events and activities within the District at NO COST. Have questions? goDCgo has the answers! Review the frequently asked questions (FAQs) below for more information.
#DCisOpen and resuming your commute to work is one of the things you are likely thinking about these days. If you haven't noticed already, traffic congestion is growing in the DC metro area, so you can save a ton of time by opting to take public transit instead. We understand any looming concerns, and we're here to assure you that the safety, health, and wellness of riders and the community continue to be the District's priority. To help you feel safer about using public transportation, goDCgo, the District Department of Transportation (DDOT), DC Circulator, DC Streetcar, and the Washington Metropolitan Area Transportation Authority (WMATA) have teamed up to provide you with the latest information and updates to help you feel confident resuming your commute on public transit.
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.
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.
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