If you work nontraditional or late-night hours, you may find that you are left with fewer commute options to get to and from work. Since the public health crisis, public transit and other commonly used travel options have become even more limited in order to encourage people to stay home, practice social distancing, and ultimately protect the safety and well-being of essential workers.
While travel in the District of Columbia is still limited to ESSENTIAL TRIPS ONLY, those employees who carpool, vanpool, use public transit, bike, or walk to work two or more days a week can qualify for a FREE and reliable ride home if/when emergencies arise. Be prepared! Register for the Guaranteed Ride Home (GRH) program, and rest assured that you’ll get home in the event of unexpected emergencies, or for unscheduled overtime when forced to stay late.
goDCgo has highlighted some late-night commuting solutions for employees to get to and from work during these times.
- Capital Bikeshare is offering FREE 30-Day Memberships to essential workers until June 30 for access to unlimited 30-minute trips. With over 6,000 bikes equipped with lights, 600 stations systemwide, and 24-hour accessibility, Capital Bikeshare is a reliable and affordable safe night-riding option. To enroll, email email@example.com.
- Employees can access FREE carpool matching through Commuter Connections. Whether sharing a ride with family, friends, colleagues, or someone new, carpooling is the simplest and most common way to share a ride on a continual, scheduled basis.
- Employees can choose a monthly or annual Zipcar membership for as low as $7 per month or $70 per year; or choose a dedicated rental for weekday commutes. Zipcar has partnered with Bozzuto, the DC Housing Authority, and a long list of other local property management companies to provide special offers to DC residents. Review the property list to see if you can take advantage of this special offer as well.
- Free2Move carsharing is supporting essential workers by offering $100 in FREE credits to first responders. To sign-up directly, employees must download the app and submit their work photo ID or use their work email. Small businesses can email firstname.lastname@example.org so Free2Move can tailor an offer to support the unique needs of your business.
Dockless Bikes, Scooters, and Mopeds
- Employees can rent dockless bikes, scooters, and mopeds to get all the way home, or to connect with another transportation option like the bus or Metrorail.
- Spin scooter company is providing FREE 30-minute rides and FREE helmets to healthcare professionals until further notice. Follow the directions to unlock this benefit.
- Although Metrobus is operating on a modified schedule, employees can ride for FREE until 11pm daily. Employees can use WMATA’s Trip Planner or goDCgo’s Interactive Map to decide what route to take home.
When traveling for essential trips, take the necessary precautions to protect your health and safety by commuting with care.