Finding a concrete definition for the word “vanpool” is difficult. We all know that vanpools are vehicles transporting groups larger than seven people to destinations (mostly work or school related) with abundant cost, time and environmental savings, right? Or do we? Transportation professionals, environmental activists, long-time commuters and some curious individuals may know this, but what about the average citizen? What about the commuter who spends $800 on gas, car payments, insurance and ... read more
TransIT Services of Frederick County announced today the top three finalists for its first annual Frederick County Commuter of the Year Award, designed to recognize and honor individuals that continuously use alternative forms of transportation and whose outstanding commitment benefits Frederick County and beyond. 18 nominations were fielded by the TransIT review committee; finalists were chosen based on the leadership, innovation and commitment shown by the individual. The finalists are, in no particular ... read more
With the abundant amount of transportation options available to commuters in the DC metro region, many of them free and with significant tax savings for both the employer and employee, it seems almost silly that more employers don’t offer transit benefits to their staff. With the understanding that Benefits’ Managers already have a significant workload and that implementing new and unknown transit options can pose somewhat of a risk, what HR staff person wouldn’t want to increase job satisfaction, ... read more
More Commuter Bus Service to Downtown Frederick
Effective November 1st, more commuter bus service became available to downtown Frederick. The Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) split its 991 Commuter bus, serving Washington and Frederick counties as a commute method to the Shady Grove Metro Station, into two expanded routes, the 505 and the 515. The addition of the Transit Center as a stop on the 515 increases the amount of Frederick County access to the commuter service.
The 505 Commuter ... read more
The Transportation Services Advisory Council (TSAC) identifies transportation trends and issues, to increase public awareness of transportation alternatives, and to influence public policy by advising Frederick County elected officials and decision-makers on the development of a comprehensive and coordinated regional transportation network. The group is made up of appointed members and ex-officio members and meets bi-monthly.
TSAC has created a newsletter for those citizens interested in local ... read more
Amongst numerous air quality benefits that lead to cleaner air with less pollution, public transportation also contributes to many health benefits for individuals. Studies from the American Public Transportation Association and the Victoria Transport Policy Institute support this concept:
Individuals who use public transportation get three times the amount of physical activity per day of those who don’t (approximately 19 minutes instead of 6 minutes) by walking to stops and destinations. ... read more
TransIT is a safe and environmentally friendly alternative to driving alone that is convenient and safe for all ages. TransIT's numerous transportation options within Frederick County provide an opportunity for all citizens to ride the bus. Commuter assistance is available to those commuting to or from Frederick County from other metropolitan DC areas. Learn more at www.frederickcountymd.gov/transit.
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Frederick County is a member of Washington Metropolitan Council of Governments Commuter Connections program, a computerized car and vanpool ridematching service which is free to Frederick area commuters.
Commuters that take advantage of this service are eligible to participate in a program that is also known as free commuter insurance. Guaranteed Ride Home provides a free ride home for registered users in the greater Washington/Baltimore metropolitan region who commute at least two times a week. ... read more
Flex work weeks (or Compressed workweeks) are growing in popularity amongst employers who are facing increasing turnover costs and a demand for a commute friendly corporate solution and even more so with employees who desire autonomy and freedom in the workplace.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics defines a flexible work schedule as an alternative to the traditional 9 to 5, 40-hour work week. It allows employees to vary their arrival and/or departure times. Under some policies, employees must work ... read more