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Your Best Resource for Your Smart Commute

 
Commuter Choice Maryland offers an extensive menu of commuter transportation services. These can help you play a vital role in reducing traffic congestion, improving air quality, and enhancing the quality of life for everyone while saving money and your sanity. 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)
The GRH program is guaranteed to give those using alternative transportation four free rides home per year if you work in the Washington metro area. This program helps you out in the event of an emergency. To learn more about the Guaranteed Ride Home Program, please visit the MDOT Maryland Transit Administration's page. To register for the program, please visit our partner website, Commuter Connections (https://www.commuterconnections.org/). 
 
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

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.