(Photo by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier)
Commuter Connections is using tech to keep public transit users connected and moving during Metro station shutdowns this summer.
Launched in 1974, Commuter Connections is a program of the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board at the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments. The program leverages tech to connect commuters with public transportation and ridesharing options. Commuter Connections is funded by the District, Maryland, Virginia and U.S. Departments of Transportation.
While six Yellow and Blue line metro stations will be shut down from May 25 until September 8 for maintenance, the program launched some resources to make sure commuters don’t lose a beat during this down time.
“Commuter Connections is the region’s free resource for commuting options. We are constantly looking for ways to improve mobility for commuters,” Director of Commuter Connections Nicholas Ramfos said in a statement.
Some of the tools and resources offered by Commuter Connections includes a CarpoolNow app, where users can request or offer a ride, and the app connects them with another commuter going in the same direction.There’s no cost for the passenger or the driver, but instead, drivers receive a $10 incentive payment per trip, for up to $600 per year. Commuter Connections also has a free rideshare program, where users can receive real-time ridesharing information including the closest transit stop, carpool options and more. The program is mobile accessible.
During the platform improvement project, the six affected metro stations will get major station improvements and full platform reconstruction.
Here are the closed Metro stations:
- Braddock Road
- King St-Old Town
- Eisenhower Ave
- Van Dorn Street
Commuter Connections and UMD partnered up to launch a mobile app
TransitScreen launched a tool to help commuters better navigate their travel
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