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Q: What is a Carpool and Vanpool?
A: Carpools involve yourself and at least one other person. Vanpools usually consist of four (4) to fifteen (15) people. A designated pick-up location is typically set, and riders share the costs (tolls, gas, parking, etc.) of travel. Carpool and vanpool users also get to drive in specified carpool lanes on some Maryland highways.

Q: What is RideSharing?
A: Ridesharing is sharing your commute in a private vehicle instead of driving alone. It is an ideal option for commuters in suburban and rural areas, where busses are infrequent, and it works well in urban areas where parking is limited and/or expensive. 

Q: Does the Commuter Choice Maryland program operate Carpools or Vanpools? 
A: No. Please contact your Rideshare Resources by geography under the commuter tab to explore options for carpool/vanpool : http://www.mdot.maryland.gov/newMDOT/Planning/CommuterChoiceMaryland/Resources

Q: What is CarpoolNow and how do I get more information?
A: CarpoolNow is a live matching system servicing the Washington DC and Baltimore Metropolitan Regions available as a downloadable app in the Apple Store or Google Play.  This service is free and connects you with other people who are on it the same time as you, and who have the same starting location and final destination as you. To learn more about CarpoolNow please visit: https://www.commuterconnections.org/commuters/ridesharing/mobile-apps/

Q: What is the best way to get to work?
A: There are many options besides driving your own vehicle including public transit, commuter bus, commuter train, carpools, vanpools, and bicycle. To assist in finding the best solution for you we recommend reaching out to a rideshare Resource: http://www.mdot.maryland.gov/newMDOT/Planning/CommuterChoiceMaryland/Resources

Q: Is there a resource to assist me in finding transportation alternatives?
A: We recommend visiting the Transportation Resource Information Point (TRIP), a tool for finding transportation alternatives across the State of Maryland as well as an online Trip Planner, follow this link to learn more: http://www.mdtrip.org/

Q: How do I get more information regarding RideShare?
A: We recommend getting in touch with your rideshare Resource by geography and they will provide you with more information regarding Rideshare : http://www.mdot.maryland.gov/newMDOT/Planning/CommuterChoiceMaryland/Resources

Q: What is Guaranteed Ride Home (GRH)?
A:  Eligible commuters who ride in a carpool and vanpool, take transit, bike, or walk to work at least twice a week get a free, guaranteed ride home or ride to their car in the event of an unexpected personal or family emergency, illness or unscheduled overtime. To learn more about Guaranteed Ride Home please contact your rideshare resource by geography under our commuter tab: http://www.mdot.maryland.gov/newMDOT/Planning/CommuterChoiceMaryland/Resources. Or to sign up directly for GRH follow this link: https://tdm.commuterconnections.org/

Q: What is Telecommuting?
A: Telecommuting means working from home, and this option is generally available through programs offered by employers at the workplace. It targets the commuters who are going back and forth on our roads to fulfill work obligations. Estimates state that over four (4) million Americans work from home, and many more telecommute part-time. As voice and video-conferencing technologies such as Skype and GoToMeeting.com become more popular, it is likely that the trend will continue to grow. There are also telework/co-work centers in the region. For instance, there is one in Frederick County:

Cowork Frederick
122 E. Patrick Street
Frederick, MD 21704
301-459-2311
www.coworkfrederick.com/

Q: What are Co-working Spaces?
A: These flexible office spaces are more costly than simply working from home (typically charging a rate per desk per month, in addition to shorter and longer-term membership options), but provide their users with dedicated workspaces, high-speed internet, and, in many cases, many of the perks of office life. Employees may choose to use one of these instead of a home office because they find them more conducive to productivity, because they allow for a shorter commute, or because they are conveniently located to other family members for whom your employee is responsible.Co-working spaces are now available in most cities in Maryland, and some smaller towns as well. This list of co-working spaces is current as of November 2018 and may not be an exhaustive list of all available co-working spaces.

Q: What is a Telework Center?
A: A telework Center is a full-service facility that provide a professional work environment, including a variety of work setting with top of the line computers with the latest software and high- speed internet access. Other amenities may include photocopiers, fax machines, voice mail, meeting rooms and videconferencing.

 

Q: What are the benefits of teleworking?

For the Employer:

  • Improved employee retention and recruitment. Workers are an organization's greatest asset and offering the telework option can help retain valued employees and recruit the best new employees from a larger pool of skilled workers.
  • Reduced absenteeism. When employees work in more convenient locations, lost time from sick days, late arrivals, and stressful commutes is translated into productive work periods.
  • Increased productivity. By removing office distractions and interruptions and reducing the stress and hassles of difficult commutes, teleworking employees can focus directly on the work at hand and produce more in less time.
  • Lower overhead costs. Employers can save money through telework programs that have workers share office space and reduce parking needs.
  • Enhanced public image. By contributing to an important community goal by employing the most innovative business practices, businesses will be recognized as good corporate citizens and cutting-edge organizations.

For the Employee:

  • Better work-family balance. As more workers struggle with busy and competing schedules, teleworking can help strike a better balance between work and family demands.
  • Reduced stress. Eliminating long, difficult commutes translated into less stress for employees and their families.
  • Improved job satisfaction. By focusing on work, and not stressful commutes or office distractions, workers can enjoy managing their own time, assuming responsibility, and the higher quality of work that results.
  • Reduced commuting time and expense. Working closer to home means more personal and family time and less money spent on travel.

For the Community:

  • Decreased traffic congestion. Having fewer commuters on the roads, especially at peak rush-hours, lowers the cost of road maintenance and the demand for building new highways, and it improves the quality of life for area residents.
  • Less pollution and energy consumption. Fewer or shorter commutes means less air pollution and the conservation of gasoline and other energy sources.
  • Increased economic vitality. By lowering the wasted economic cost of traffic congestion and making the region a more attractive place to live and do business, teleworking can improve the region's overall economic health.
  • Better quality of life. Decreased road congestion, fewer hassles from commuting, more time with families, and greater economic vitality improve the quality of life for the entire region.

Q. What are the advantages of taking public transportation?

A: Public transportation is an easy and convenient alternative to gridlocked commutes and high gas prices. Compared to driving, public transit is less expensive and better for the environment. It also significantly reduces traffic congestion, saves energy and benefits the communities it serves. 

Q: What are Bike options for getting to work?
A: Several jurisdictions offer Bike Share services, where commuters are offered various options for renting a bike. To learn more about Bikeshare options please contact your rideshare resource by geography under our commuter tab: http://www.mdot.maryland.gov/newMDOT/Planning/CommuterChoiceMaryland/Resources. You may also find information on MDOT's biking & pedestrian webpages here

Q: What Smart Commute options are available for our company to put into place?
A: Depending on your geographical location, there are many programs that are available for implementation at your worksite. Contact your Rideshare resource by geography and get a program started at your worksite today: http://www.mdot.maryland.gov/newMDOT/Planning/CommuterChoiceMaryland/Resources