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Register a carpool or a vanpool  here!


Getting To Work by Carpool or Vanpool

Carpool Options
Vanpool Options
Pool Application
Park & Ride Lots
HOV Lanes
Guanteed Ride Home


Walking To Work You can save wear and tear on both your vehicle and on yourself by commuting the smart way - by carpool or vanpool. You will be able to save time, too, by using the HOV lanes on several area highways. Receive free assistance in forming a carpool or vanpool convenient to your home and office, including potential poolmates.

It takes as few as two to be a carpool. Be prepared for those times when you just can't drive by knowing the names of potential pool-mates.


And Guaranteed Ride Home will get you home in an emergency! For more information, call 240-773-TRIPS (8747) or email us at  mcdot.Trips.ss@montgomerycountymd.gov or visit the Guaranteed Ride Home web page.

 

Rideshare Tuesday is a new effort in the Washington metropolitan region to encourage carpooling at least once a week, every Tuesday!

Carpool or Vanpool on Tuesdays in the Metro area!

  Try it and make it a regular part of your routine. Click here to learn more!

Carpool Options

Receive free assistance in forming a carpool or vanpool convenient to your home and office, including potential pool-mates. It just takes as few as two to be a carpool. Call 240-773-TRIPS (8747) or complete the online application form.

Take advantage of FREE or discount parking in many lots and garages near your workplace. CALL 240-773-TRIPS (8747) or email us at mcdot.Trips.ss@montgomerycountymd.gov.

  • Examples: Metro Garage next to Westfield Shopping Town Wheaton Plaza - parking reduced to $1.50
  • Check with your office building manager to see if free, discounted, or preferred spaces are available for your carpool. Check your nearest County-operated parking lot for select carpool and vanpool spaces.

Vanpool Options

Receive free assistance in forming a vanpool convenient to your home and office, including potential pool-mates. It takes as few as six people to share a van to work. CALL 240-773-TRIPS (8747) or complete the  online application form


Take advantage of FREE or discount parking in many lots and garages near your workplace. CALL 240-773-TRIPS (8747) or email us at mcdot.Trips.ss@montgomerycountymd.gov.

  • Examples: Metro Garage next to Westfield Shopping Town Wheaton Plaza.
  • Check with your office building manager to see if free, discounted, or preferred spaces are available for your carpool. Check your nearest County-operated parking lot for select carpool and vanpool spaces.
  • Van pool operators and van pool passengers can use SmartBenefits® which employers can give employees to help pay for vanpool commuting costs. For more information about SmartBenefits®, please visit WMATA's SmartBenefits® page.

Regional Vanpool Service Providers

Park & Ride Lots

FREE Park-and-Ride Commuter Lots with connecting buses allow you to meet your carpool or jump onto public transportation.

  • Download the  Park-and-Ride Lots Guide in PDF format 
  • Check out the closest Park & Ride lot and the bus service available from that lot on this interactive online map of local Park-and-Ride lots. Enter your address and the map will show the closest lot, the number of spaces, how you get to and from the lot, and all the bus routes and schedules serving that lot, by just clicking on the links.

MTA buses

MTA operates commuter buses that serve Park & Ride Lots along these routes:

I-270: Route 991 bus - Hagerstown-Frederick- Shady Grove

MD 29: Route 995 bus - Clarksville-Ellicott City-Columbia-Washington, DC

Route 915 bus - Columbia-Silver Spring-Washington, DC

Please visit Maryland Transit Administration's Commuter Bus website for route maps and fares.

Metro Parking

At least 200 spaces are available at some Metro station parking lots.
Try these:

  • Twinbrook East lot, accessed from Parklawn Drive
  • Silver Spring County Garage on Bonifant Street, one-half block from station; monthly pass available for Metro users, call 301-565-7693
  • Wheaton Metro garage next to Westfield Shopping Town Wheaton Plaza.

HOV Lanes

It takes as few as two in a car to use HOV Lanes on I-270

The 12-mile South-bound HOV lane from I-370 to I-495 operates 6 to 9 am Monday through Friday, and the northbound HOV lane from I-495 (Capital Beltway) to MD 121 (Clarksburg Road) operates 3:30 to 6:30 pm Monday through Friday.

Take advantage of free Park-and-Ride lotsFor more information about HOV lanes, visit the Maryland State Highway Administration.

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