The Northern Virginia Regional Commission (NVRC) is rolling a new car/van pool program to support military personnel and contractors at Fort Belvoir who will be impacted by the I-95 Express Lanes that will open in early 2015 and fighting the construction taking place on Route 1.  The Commuter Center at Fort Belvoir will be at the Tully Gate to help provide education and outreach to military personnel traveling to Fort Belvoir.  The goal is to reduce the number of single occupancy vehicles (SOVs) on the road.  With the upcoming changes on I-95 Express Lanes and exits for Fort Belvoir and NGA at the (Newington Exit) will provide benefits to same time and money by car and van pooling.

Car Pooling Options

The NVRC project, funded by a grant from the Federal Highway Administration, with matching funds from Virginia Department of Transportation, will focus on getting DoD employees to try carpooling four times within a week to receive $30.  The person signing up must be willing to logon to an app using your smart phone to register that you took the ride/drive, be willing to take a survey, and participate in a focus group.  The approach will provide financial incentives to both riders and drivers.  Using smart phones, web and mobile applications, commuters would be able to share commuting costs through automated electronic payment based on passenger miles traveled. 

Van Pooling Options

NVRC has partnered with vRide to provide van pool options at the Commuter Center.  Some of the features that are being provided include: 
• 30 vans at Fort Belvoir Commuter Center
• Establishing a backup;
• 3 months free;
• the dynamic www.vride.com;

Real-time Ridesharing

Sign-up using www.vRide.com for ride matching software system that matches drivers and riders in real time as they travel, so you can rideshare whenever you want, from wherever you are.  With the real-time ridesharing web browser and smartphone app, it is easy for commuters to create carpools in real-time, providing a marketplace for drivers to offer up their empty seats to other commuters, and helps carpoolers share the costs of the journey.  Once a match is made with someone living in your community going to Fort Belvoir provides real-time status updates, automated security features, and electronic micro-payments that allow riders and drivers to use the I-95 Express Lanes for FREE. 

Sign-Up Today

Go to the website:  www.vRide.com to sign-up using your personal email.  Download the app from the iPhone and Android stores.  To access the web browser from your desktop or mobile web browser log-in www.vRide.com. 

For more information

Please contact Peggy Tadej of the Northern Virginia Regional Commission at 703-642-4635HAVE QUESTIONS?
George Clark,
Tri County Council for Southern Maryland
1-240-216-5571
gclark@tccsmd.org

Maryland Transit Administration
410-767-8755
www.commuterchoicemaryland.com
www.mtamaryland.com
Comptroller of Maryland
1-800-638-2937
taxhelp@comp.state.md.us