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Smart Phone App to Drive Ride-Sharing to Northern Virginia Facilities

  • January 4, 2012
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A Northern Virginia planning organization is investing $600,000 in a pilot ride-sharing program intended to encourage drivers to Fort Belvoir, the Mark Center or Marine Corps Base Quantico to car pool as a way to reduce congestion on the region’s congested highways stemming from BRAC.

The real-time, ride-sharing program, which is open to military employees and contractors, relies on a smart phone app to allow commuter to find rides, akin to the informal “slugging” system which commuters use to get a lift on I-95 in Northern Virginia with drivers eager to use the high occupancy vehicle lanes, according to the Examiner.

The six-month pilot will pay participating drivers $25 in gas per month plus additional compensation based on mileage. Riders will receive five rides for free, and then pay drivers $1 per ride plus 20 cents per mile. The program will be managed by the Northern Virginia Regional Commission and partially will be funded through a $447,200 grant from the Federal Highway Commission.

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