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What is Commuter Choice Maryland?
Commuter Choice Maryland is the Maryland Department of Transportation's (MDOT) Travel Demand Management Program. This program enables MDOT to address key goals, objectives, and strategies that will maximize traveler choices, and deliver transportation solutions and services that can reduce congestion, conserve energy, protect the environment, facilitate economic opportunity, enhance the quality of life for everyone while saving you money and reducing stress.
Commuter Choice Maryland offers an extensive menu of commuter transportation services. Download the Commuter Choice Maryland Brochure for more information. Options available depend on where you work, and may include:
Baltimore Transit
As Maryland's most populous city, Baltimore offers a variety of transit options. In addition to MDOT Maryland Transit Administration's Trip Planner tool, commuters may purchase various Transit Passes, receive transit email/text alerts, view and download transit service maps, access transit information for visitors, and read about current and pending transit projects. Finally for a more unique means of transit, the Baltimore Water Taxi has six routes to help commuters get in and around the Baltimore Inner Harbor and the recently-launched Baltimore Bikeshare offers power-assisted commuting on two wheels! Additional resources that can assist you with transportation alternatives include the Transportation Resource Information Point (TRIP) and for intercity bus service connecting rural communities throughout Maryland via MD travel link.
Washington Transit
As the nation's capital, Washington and the surrounding metro area provide a panoply of transit options. Visit the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) for a trip planner tool, a transit Smart Trip Card (which is also valid on Baltimore Transit), transit alerts, and many other options for your commute into, out of, and throughout the District of Columbia. Also learn more about WMATA SmartBenefits - a free way for employers to save thousands in payroll taxes while allowing employees to commute tax free in D.C, northern Virginia, and Southern Maryland.
Ridesharing – Carpool/Vanpool Matching - Park and Ride
Register with one of our Rideshare partners to instantly find someone to share your commute, or start your own carpool. The MDOT State Highway Administration maintains a statewide map of existing Park and Ride Facilities. If you are in the Washington metropolitan region, visit Commuter Connections' Rideshare program.
Guaranteed Ride Home (GRH)
What is Guaranteed Ride Home?GRH provides free rides home for registered commuters who work in Washington D.C., Maryland Counties: Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Calvert, Carroll, Cecil, Charles, Frederick, Harford, Howard, Montgomery, Prince George's, and St. Mary's, as well as select Maryland cities, Virginia Counties, and Virginia Cities who carpool, vanpool, take transit, bike or walk to work atleast twice a week. For a complete list of service areas visit:
How does the program work?In the event of a personal or family illness, emergency, or unscheduled overtime at work, GRH will arrange for a free taxi ride, transit ride, or even a free car rental up to four times each year to get you home. After GRH approves your ride request, you will receive an authorization number and your ride will be arranged.
How do I register for GRH?

1. Review the particpation guidelines to confirm that you qualify. A complete list of particpation guidelines is available in the GRH section at

2. Complete the registration form at

3. Receive an official registration letter and GRH ID

Do I only register one time for GRH?No. You must re-register annually to maintain free program participation.
Sign up today!Registration is free, but is required. Visit or call 1-800-745-RIDE (7433)


Bicycling & Walking
Several jurisdictions offer Bikeshare services, where commuters can rent a bike for a day, a few times a year, or with other customization options. The Maryland Department of Transportation offers both bicycle riders and pedestrians maps for safe routes, trails, and tips for commuting safely. Find resources for Bicycle and Pedestrian benefits and opportunities through our Bike/Walk homepage
Telework/Cowork Information
More and more employers are offering telework programs. Commuter Choice Maryland can help with that. Some localities, like Cowork Frederick, provide a short trip office alternative to the long commute, as a full-service professional facility where employees can work in an office environment without working at home alone or sitting for hours in traffic to get to their traditional offices. 
Parking “Cash-Out”
Employers that subsidize parking may offer commuters the option to take a benefit of equivalent monetary value instead of the parking subsidy.  An employee choosing a parking “cash-out” may use the money for public transit or another tax-free commute alternative or could receive the “cash-out” as taxable income if they commute via carpooling, bicycling, or walking.  
Road, Traffic, and Toll Info
Please visit our regularly updated links to the left (under Latest Commuter Updates) for real-time traffic and transit info. In addition, the MDOT State Highway Administration has a Highway Development Projects page, which presents the current state of funded highway transportation projects throughout Maryland. The MDOT State Highway Administration also maintains information regarding Welcome Centers/Rest Areas and various brochures/publications
High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) Lanes
Throughout the Mid-Atlantic region, High-Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) and High-Occupany Toll (HOT) lanes are becoming more common. Visit the MDOT State Highway Administration's page for a list of FAQ's regarding these lanes. You may order a Maryland EZ-Pass through the Maryland Transportation Authority. 


Why not try an alternative mode of travel such as riding your bike, transit, carpooling / ridesharing, vanpooling, or skipping traveling altogether by teleworking for Car Free Days on September 20-23?

  • Lookout for Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) Commuter Choice Maryland representatives at the BWI Marshall Rail Station on September 20th and 23rd who will be sharing information on how to reduce commuter stress and find an alternative smarter commute.
  •  MDOT MTA will be providing increased #bicycle service on the Brunswick, Camden, and Penn Lines on September 20th & September 23rd. Be on the lookout for MDOT staff on these days and have fun on your new commute! 



SmartBenefits® just got smarter with CharmPass and offers tax-saving options that make it easy and more affordable to take transit.


Zipcar + MDOT MTA! All aboard for big news in and around Baltimore! Zipcars are now available at eight MDOT MTA rail stations. So, amp up your commute and let Zipcar take you the last mile of the way!
For more information, visit 


IncenTrip is a multimodal trip planning and traveler information tool that plans trips using the best travel mode with real-time data and communicates alerts to commuting issues.  This tool also encourages the user to earn reward points for each trip used with IncenTrip.  Click on the IncenTrip icon below for more information and download the app.