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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: CommuterConnections.org
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 CommuterConnections.org

2. Complete the registration form at CommuterConnections.org

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 CommuterConnections.org 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. 
 

Highlights

Bike To Work Day 2019 • May 17, 2019.
Register Today: BikeToWorkMD.com

 

 

 

Celebrate Get on Board Day on April 25th!

The week of April 22nd is transit week and a great time to try public transit if you don't already ride it reguarly to get the work.

On April 25th the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) Commuter Choice Maryland, MDOT Maryland Transit Administration, MARC, Anne Arundel County Commuter Crew, Baltimore City Commuter Crew, Baltimore Metropolitan Council Ride Share for Baltimore and Carrol County, Harford County Commute Smart, Prince Georges County Ride Smart, and the Hideaway are celebrating transit appreciation and promoting public transit at various locations. Checkout a location near you on April 25th at these times:

Anne Arundel County: Odenton Marc Train stop from  3:30 to 6:00
Representatives from Commuter Choice Maryland, MARC, and Anne Arundel County Commuter Crew will be available to share information regarding public transportation and  commuter options. The Hideaway of Odenton is also joining in on the festivites by sharing their delicous BBQ to help celebrate this important day.

Baltimore City (Central Business District): Various times throughout  the week of April 22nd
MDOT Maryland Transit Administration will have Outreach teams at various times during the week to promote the importance of takig public transportation including "10,000 reasons to take transit"

Baltimore County : White Marsh Park and Ride from 3:30 to 6:00 PM
Representatives from Baltimore Metropolitan Council Ride Share will be available to share information.

Harford County: Aberdeen Bus Shelter from 3:30 to 6:00 PM
Representatives from Harford County Commute Smart will be available to share information.

Prince Georges County: New Carrolton MARC train stop on East and West side from 3:15 to 5:30 PM
Free Public Transportation on Prince Georges County "The Bus" on April 25th.
Representatives from Prince Georges County Ride Smart will be available to share information.

 

 

 

 

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 www.zipcar.com/mdotmta 

 

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.