Transportation & Mass Transit
Northern Virginia is fortunate that it has numerous public transportation options. There is a variety of bus lines, a comprehensive metro system, and trains. Each county has its own bus system complete.
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Getting around Northern Virginia can be daunting when first moving to the region. These trip planners can help you find your way around the area using public/mass transportation.
What is this project and why should we all care?
Did you know there is nearly a combined 110,000 cars traveling through the gates at Fort Belvoir, Marine Corps Base Quantico and Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall daily? And roughly 86% of the cars traveling through the gates at Fort Belvoir and Marine Corps Base Quantico are Single Occupancy Vehicles (SOVs)? And that number jumps to an astounding 96% for Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall? In fact, it is estimated that a quarter of the vehicles on I-95/395 every day is commuting to one of the various military installations located within the National Capital Region (NCR).
Carpooling is a common method that has been used throughout the region for years. Many employers allow for exclusive parking spots for carpooling. Speak to your employer about already created and new carpools.
Vanpooling is a frequently used method of alternative transportation in this area. For federal employees using a for-profit vanpool company, they can use their Mass Transit Benefit to pay for the van. Vanpool Alliance is an organization that helps link people and vanpool companies.
Slugging is an alternative transportation option that is unique to the DC area. Slug lines are throughout the region and allow for drivers, scrapers, to pick up riders, or slugs, so they can use the HOV lanes. The following sites provide information about where you can either pick slugs up or be a slug and get a ride.
The Northern Virginia Regional Commission (NVRC) is a regional council of thirteen member local governments in the Northern Virginia suburbs of Washington DC. According to Virginia’s Regional Cooperation Act, NVRC is a political subdivision (a government agency) within the Commonwealth.
Currently, NVRC is working alongside many local organizations and three of the larger military installations in the NoVA region (Ft. Belvoir, MCB-Quantico, and Joint Base Myer- Henderson Hall) to address transportation issues and reduce the number of single-occupancy-vehicles (SOVs) traveling to the military bases. While these installations are some of the largest employers in their areas, they are also some of the largest contributors to the traffic.
The Mass Transportation Benefit Program is offered to eligible employees and military service members, to the extent authorized by law and regulation, to reduce pollution and traffic congestion, preserve the environment, and expand transportation alternatives.
Under this program, participating employees in the National Capital Region (NCR) receive "transit passes" in amounts equal to their personal commuting costs, not to exceed $270 per month (parking costs not included). To receive this benefit, employees must relinquish any federally subsidized parking permit, and may not be listed as part of a DoD carpool for purposes of qualifying for a parking pass.
Click on the graphic to visit the Northern Virginia Regional Commission (NVRC) Commuter Connections survey that has been adapted for those traveling to and from military installations. Please complete the survey to better help the NVRC understand the commuting habits of those working on base and how they can help you.