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Real-Time Ridesharing
  • The Northern Virginia Regional Commission is administering a Real-time Ridesharing Pilot along the I-95/395 corridor in Northern Virginia
  • The project goal is to provide commuters with a new, innovative transportation option that will help to bring relief from traffic congestion while reducing the number of cars on the road
  • Real-time ridesharing will allow commuters to save gas money, and wear and tear on their vehicles

About the Pilot
  • The project is funded by a grant from the Federal Highway Administration, with matching funds from Virginia Department of Transportation, and local government partners
  • The project will focus initially on bringing real-time ridesharing to the BRAC sites
  • The program will focus on these five BRAC sites:
    • Marine Corps Base Quantico
    • Fort Belvoir
    • Engineering Proving Grounds/National Geospatial Agency (NGA)
    • Mark Center
    • Arlington Hall

How will it work?
  • Approximately 1000 riders and 500 drivers will be recruited to participate in a six-month pilot program, preceded by a three-month project ramp-up required to engage local stakeholders and rider and driver participants
  • If the pilot is successful, it could be expanded to other high-volume corridors in Northern Virginia
  • The approach will provide financial incentives to both riders and drivers to establish a critical mass of users necessary for a self-sustaining, real-time ridesharing system as well as assist in the formation of traditional carpools
  • Using smart phones and mobile application, commuters would be able to share commuting costs through automated electronic payment based on passenger miles traveled.

What are the goals of the pilot project?
  • Recruit at least 500 drivers and 1000 riders to participate
  • Achieve 20 ride matches per month, per participant
  • Reduce 120,000 vehicle miles traveled (VMT) over six months
  • Provide a means of reducing traffic congestion, parking demand and fuel consumption
  • Determine whether innovative pricing strategies for ridesharing may change travel behavior
  • Quantify what critical mass of participants is required to create a self-sustaining, real-time ridesharing system

About Real-time Ridesharing
  • A breakthrough real-time ridesharing software system, provided by Avego, matches drivers and riders in real time as they travel, so you can rideshare whenever you want, from wherever you are
  • With the real-time ridesharing smartphone app, it is easy for commuters to create carpools in real-time, providing a marketplace for drivers to offer up their empty seats to other commuters, and helps carpoolers share the costs of the journey through an automated electronic transaction based on mileage
  • Once a match is made, the pilot will manage the journey from pick-up to drop-off, providing real-time status updates, automated security features, and electronic micro-payments that allow riders and drivers to share the cost of a journey

In the News

Recent media coverage of the Real-time Ridesharing Pilot Project:

Get More Information
For more information, please email e-mail or contact Peggy Tadej, Regional BRAC Coordinator at the Northern Virginia Regional Commission, at 703-642-4635

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