New Year, New Commute

      January 14, 2019

      New year, new you! Did you make a new year's resolution to be more eco-friendly or perhaps to add more exercise to your daily routine? Fear not as goDCgo has some tips to help you reach both goals! DC has plenty of transportation options – including Metrorail, lots of buses, biking, walking, teleworking, etc. – to choose from and avoid driving into or within the District altogether. You could even switch it up by sharing a ride or scooting! Either way, we've got you covered with the best ways to commute in the District. Explore New Commute Options There is no shortage of commute options for you to try in the DC area. Bus: The metro DC area offers a robust network of local and regional bus options to get you to and around the city. In fact, two-thirds of commuters in the area live less than one mile away from a bus stop. When you choose to walk to your local bus stop to commute to work, you will be adding some extra steps to your day. To plan your trip, visit our bus resources page. Train: The DC area has several train options, including Metrorail, DC Streetcar, MARC, VRE, and Amtrak. By choosing to commute by rail, you will have more time in your day to catch up on work or do something fun like read a book instead of fighting traffic—this can ultimately reduce your stress level. Plus, if you live close enough to the train station to either walk or bike, you can incorporate your fitness routine into your commute. Find maps, apps, and other tools to help you plan your trips by rail. Biking: Did you know that 4.9% of DC residents bike to work every day? Join these residents to save money and improve your health by adding more exercise to your routine. If you don’t have your own bike, you can rent one through Capital Bikeshare; it has over 500 stations and more than 4,300 bikes across six jurisdictions. Now, Capital Bikeshare has upped the ante by adding 80 e-bikes to its system.  The new e-bikes, known as Capital Bikeshare Plus are all black and available for rent through the kiosk or through the CaBi app.  Additionally, dockless bikes and scooters are available to rent from multiple companies. Explore all the bike-friendliness in Washington by downloading the DC Bike Map. Walking: Did you know DC is the 7th most walkable city in the nation with 13.2% of commuters walking to work? You can walk 1,000 steps in around 10 minutes. So if you are looking to boost your fitness in the new year, try adding some more walking to your commute and daily routine around town. Take advantage of the region’s incredible pedestrian network by tapping into the maps and other tools. Rideshare: Fewer cars on the road means lower emissions and less stress for you. Share the ride through carpooling or vanpooling by connecting with co-workers or logging into Commuter Connections or the CarpoolNow app. Consider borrowing a vehicle using a carsharing service like car2go, Zipcar, or Maven. You can also participate in a slugline, which is an easy, informal way to carpool and take advantage of I-395/I-95 and I-66 HOV lanes between Northern Virginia and Washington. You can wait in line at designated pick-up locations to catch a carpool to a drop-off point. The DC metro area has over 30 slugline locations.  Teleworking: Talk to your supervisor or human resources department to check whether your company already offers a telework program. If your company doesn’t have a program in place, advocate for one. goDCgo’s Employer Services team can help walk your employer through the setup process. Which New Commute Options Will You Try?...

      Important Changes to 2019 Transportation Benefits

      December 31, 2018

      Starting January 1st, your commuter benefits monthly limit will increase from $260 to $265; that's $5 more a month as a pre-tax deduction! So, make sure to let your employer know if you'd like to increase your commuter benefit deduction! Not yet saving money on the cost of your public transportation or vanpool to work? Let's fix that! Whether you’re an employer or employee, we can give you the tools you need to gain a competitive edge or to save time and money on your commute....

      goDCgo's 2018 Year in Review

      December 19, 2018

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      Bike and Scooter Share in the District

      December 04, 2018

      While traveling in and around the District, you may have spotted the colorful dockless bikes, scooters, and the new black Capital Bikeshare bikes.  As these transportation options seem to be evolving quickly, we wanted to give you the rundown on all these fun ways for visitors to get around town. Dockless Bikes:...

      Bikes, Bikes & More Bikes

      December 03, 2018

      It’s no secret that Washington, DC is one of the most bike-friendly cities in the country. In addition to the abundance of bike lanes, trails, and infrastructure, there are also multiple biking and scooter share options accessible in the District. ...

      goDCgo is excited to announce the launch of our new Employer Ambassadors Program!

      November 28, 2018

      Are you a DC employer that currently offers commuter benefits to your employees? If so, join the goDCgo Employer Ambassadors Program to receive recognition for your efforts!...

      Try These Trip Planning/Ridesharing Apps!

      November 27, 2018

      We all know that Uber, Lyft, and Via are great ride-hailing apps, but they aren't the only apps out there to help ease the burden of commuting. The apps below could provide you with more transit options, in addition to the traditional rail, bike, and bus.    Free2Move app gives you access to all the shared cars, scooters, bikes, and rides in your city right in one app.  Same Ride is an on-demand carpool app specifically for express lanes commutes. Users can find commuting partners a week or even a few hours before their commute. incenTrip is a multimodal trip planning and traveler information app with a twist. Users can earn reward points for each trip you plan with incenTrip and exchange reward points for your gift cards, transit passes, EZ pass credits, rideshare, or cash.  Waze Carpool connects drivers and riders going in the same direction. The app also allows you to choose the people you want to carpool with based on detailed profiles, star ratings, and filters like same-gender & coworkers only.  Google Commute is the new feature on Google Maps that allows users to take control of their daily commute. The new commute tab that provides one-tap access to live traffic and transit information tailored to your commute. Need more assistance with planning your commute? Check out goDCgo's Interactive Map! ...

      Metro Yellow Line Shutdown

      November 20, 2018

      Metro’s Yellow Line will shut down for two weeks starting Monday, November 26 to Sunday, December 9 as the transit agency closes the bridge over the Potomac River to work on repairs....

      3 Easy Tips to Navigate Cold-Weather Biking

      November 09, 2018

      Is there special clothing I should wear while biking during the winter months?  How do I choose the best bike route when its dark before I leave work?...

      Overcoming the First Mile, Last Mile in DC

      November 07, 2018

      FMLM may sound like a confusing medical term, but in the world of public transportation, it stands for “First Mile/Last Mile.” Getting to/from the primary mode of travel is a prevalent challenge that nearly all cities face while trying to plan for, and increase, the use of public transit. It can be a huge hurdle and is often what prevents people from using public transportation to begin with. First Mile, Last Mile refers to the commute distance from a person’s home (or starting point) to the transportation site and following the commute from said location to their final destination. For example, someone commuting into the District from Reston who wants to ride the Metro needs to get to the station from their house, ideally without driving alone in a car, and there’s oftentimes no perfect solution....

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