GUARANTEED RIDE HOME PROGRAM GIVES YOU A LIFT HOME WHEN YOU NEED IT
The Maryland Transit Administration is pleased to announce that the Guaranteed Ride Home Program for residents in the Baltimore region will launch on Monday, October 4th. A personal illness, family emergency or unscheduled overtime can happen without warning while you’re at work. The Greater Baltimore/Washington Region Guaranteed Ride Home Program provides a free ride home for registered commuters who ride in a carpool or vanpool, take transit, bike or walk to work at least twice a week.In the event of an unexpected emergency or unscheduled overtime, Guaranteed Ride Home will arrange for a free taxi ride, a free transit ride, or even a free rental car up to four times each year to get you home.The program is free. The rides home are free. Sign-up is easy. Call 800-745-RIDE (7433) for information or sign-up at www.commuterconnections.org.
The Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) has introduced CharmCard, a “smart” credit card-sized, electronic, reusable fare card that’s good for travel on Baltimore’s Metro Subway, Local Bus and Light Rail systems, as well as on bus and Metrorail services in Washington, DC, Montgomery and Prince George’s counties and Northern Virginia.
CharmCard offers a convenient, easy and secure way to pay your fare, check your card balance and add cash value or a pass product. You can even register it to eliminate concerns about a lost, damaged or stolen card. It’s available wherever MTA passes are sold, and at select Giant and CVS stores throughout the Baltimore area.For more information about CharmCard, visit www.mtacharmcard.com.
There are lots of ZipCars in Baltimore - find out which one is near you! Zipcar is easier than Baltimore car rental and car ownership. Enter your address (or neighborhood) to find Zipcars near you. Or enter your work address or best friend's address to view the cars in those areas. (You never know where you'll be when you want a Zipcar!) You can also learn more about the cars, like how many groceries or friends you can fit (safely) inside. Learn More.
Car sharing has been catching on, coming to the Washington, D.C. metro region courtesy of ZipCar and Flexcar. Recently merged under the ZipCar name this company is at the core of smart growth and transportation solutions: people move to walkable communities in part because they know they have varied and convenient transportation options. A 2004 study of a car sharing program in Arlington, Virginia, showed that 68% of the participants postponed buying a car and 70% saved money on transportation. Become a member, receive an electronic access card, reserve a car online or by phone, and you're set to drive. Gas and insurance are included. And no more car repairs!
The AAA now estimates cars are costing us close to $10,000 a year. Imagine what you could do with an extra $10,000 each and every year! www.aaapublicaffairs.com/Main/Default.asp
Do you want a free or low cost ride to work? Bike Maryland is analyzing potential carpooling (ride-sharing) programs to provide you with the best ride sharing opportunities available. Check out these 25+ Ride Sharing Sites! Your ride-sharing experience matters to us - let us know which company gives you the best service/most matches.
Bike Maryland is partnering with the Maryland Department of Transportation to inform you about Commuter Choice Maryland. Did you know that your employer can receive incentives to reimburse you for bicycling to work? Employers can receive $50/per employee/per month if they provide some basic transportation options to employees. Learn more about Maryland Commuter Tax Credits.
How Does Commuter Choice Maryland Work?
Your boss has three options for distributing MTA monthly passes or vouchers to you. All three offer outstanding tax benefits for you and your employer.
Employer Supported Option
Visit Commuter Choice Maryland to learn more about Employee Pre-Tax Salary Deduction and Combination Options.
Bike Maryland is in favor of the proposed east-west 16-mile Purple Line light rail project that would link up Bethesda Metro and New Carrollton Metro with about 20 stops in between, including Silver Spring Metro and University of Maryland College Park campus. Dozens of organizations across the political spectrum are on board this single most important transit project in Montgomery and Prince George's counties and perhaps our region.
Key Benefits - Learn More Here:
Over 65,000 Riders a Day!
Fast & Reliable Commutes!
A Complete Hiker/Biker Trail!
A Cleaner Environment & Robust Economy!
WRITE AN EMAIL: Let the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) know you support a light rail Purple Line. Send an email to email@example.com. Include "Purple Line DEIS in the subject line.
The Red Line is a proposed 14-mile east-west transit line connecting the areas of Woodlawn, Edmondson Village, West Baltimore, downtown Baltimore, Inner Harbor East, Fells Point, Canton and the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center Campus. The Red Line directly connects to the Light Rail, Metro Subway and MARC Train - creating a comprehensive transit system.
The Read Line corridor it is a great opportunity to improve travel times in a heavily congested corridor. To learn more or support the Red Line Click Here.