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Commuting Links & Resources


News and General Information Sites

These sites contain general information about the Washington, D.C. area, including traffic, transit, and commuting information.


Transportation-Related Government Agencies and Public-Private Partnerships

Arlington County, Virginia: Official county government site

Arlington County Commuter Services: Program goals are to reduce traffic congestion, reduce the demand for parking, provide for the maximum use of existing public transportation and High-Occupancy Vehicle infrastructure, improve air quality, and improve mobility. Services include The Commuter Store,® and

Chesapeake Fast Ferry Coalition: A group of businesses and individuals who support the creation of a new link across the Chesapeake Bay- a link that will benefit all citizens in the region. The Coalition believes that a fast ferry is the most cost-effective way to accomplish this goal.

City of Alexandria, Virginia: Official city government site.

Commuter Connections: A regional network of transportation organizations coordinated by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments.  If you live or work in the Metropolitan Washington D.C. area, Commuter Connections can provide you with information on all your commute options.

Dulles Area Transportation Association (DATA): nonprofit, public-private, 501(c)3, non-stock, corporation dedicated to enhancing transportation mobility and thus fostering economic vitality.

Fairfax County, Virginia: Official county government site.

General Services Administration and Office of Personnel Management Telework Site: Interagency U.S. government site with telework information for federal employees.

LINK: Transportation information for Reston, Virginia.

Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT)

Maryland Rail Commuter Service (MARC): Commuter rail system serving the Washington-Baltimore area. Telephone: 1-800-543-9809.

Maryland State Highway Administration: Site includes updates on Maryland higway projects, icluding HOV and toll land projects. An agency of the Maryland Department of Transportation (see above).

Maryland Transportation Authority: "The Authority is responsible for managing, operating and improving the State's toll facilities. "

Maryland Transit Administration: "The MTA provides a network of transit and rail and freight services to our customers throughout Maryland in a safe, reliable, and efficient manner that supports the economy and the environment." MTA operates MARC commuter rail and Baltimore's subway and light rail systems, among others.

Metrobus and Metrorail: Washington, D.C. Area bus and rail system, operated by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA).

Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG): "COG is a regional organization of Washington area local governments. COG is composed of 19 local governments surrounding our nation's capital, plus area members of the Maryland and Virginia legislatures, the U.S. Senate, and the U.S. House of Representatives."

Montgomery County, Maryland: Official county government site.

Montgomery County Commuter Services: Ride On local bus and transit services.

North Bethesda Transportation Center: "A free service dedicated to providing information about commuter alternatives for employees, employers, residents and visitors in the North Bethesda area.

Northern Virginia Transportation Authority: "The Northern Virginia Transportation Authority was created by the Virginia General Assembly on July 1, 2002 to offer a common voice for Northern Virginia on the transportation issues and options that confront us. The Authority is charged with developing a regional transportation plan, working with Northern Virginia's communities to develop regional priorities and policies to improve air quality, and serving as an advocate for the transportation needs of Northern Virginia before the state and federal governments. "

Northern Virginia Transportation Commission: "...established to manage and control the functions, affairs, and property of the Northern Virginia Transportation District--which was created by the 1964 Acts of Assembly of the commonwealth of Virginia, Chapter 630; and the Transportation District Act. The purpose of the Act is to facilitate “planning and developing a transportation system for Northern Virginia and for the safety, comfort and convenience of its citizens and for the economical utilization of public funds.”

Prince George's County, Maryland: Official county government site.

PG County Department of Public Works and Transportation

TYTRAN: Tysons Corner Transportation Association.

STAR: Specialized Transportation for Arlington Residents. Paratransit for seniors and disabled persons.

TransAction 2030: A regional transportation planning effort, sponsored by the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority, that is taking place through the end of 2005. Citizen participation is encouraged.

Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles. Virginia DMV Questions and email (direct): telephone: (703) 761-4655

Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation: "Virginia's Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) works to make it possible to move people and goods throughout Virginia."

Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT): "The Virginia Department of Transportation Web site is a great source for travelers, contractors, citizens, transportation planners or jobseekers." Includes public transportation, bicycling and carpool information.

Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)

Virginia Railway Express (VRE): Northern Virginia commuter rail system. Telephone: (703) 684-0400 or 1-800-RIDEVRE

Virginia Transit Association (VTA): A coalition of transit professionals and professionals from public and private organizations who know that public transportation is important to the individual mobility, a clean environment, and livable communities.

Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA): Operators of Metrobus and Metrorail. Telephone: (202) 637-7000, (TDD): 202-638-3780