Get Around Northern Virginia
Welcome to Northern Virginia’s online resource for the best ways to keep moving in and around the area. We know you have better things to do with your time than fight rush-hour and construction traffic every day - that's why we've listed several easy-to-use transportation options below. Try any or all of them now to discover how easy it can be to get out from behind the wheel, and on with the rest of your life!
- December 11, 2013
- FREE Saturday Bus Service
The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) extended the new, Saturday bus service between the Potomac Mills Mall and Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission (PRTC) Transit Center to the Franconia-Springfield Metro Station. The Saturday PRTC bus service was extended until Labor Day 2014.Read More
- Tysons Express-Woodbridge to Tysons
Tysons Express is operated by PRTC OmniRide and funded by Virginia Megaprojects to provide transportation options during the construction of the I-95 Express Lanes.Read More
The Tysons Express coach bus service from Woodbridge to Tysons lets you relax with a comfortable ride that's free from navigating traffic and offers FREE WiFi.
- Fairfax Connector
Amtrak Virginia and Virginia Railway Express
Taking Amtrak Virginia or VRE are two great options for getting around during I-95 Express Lanes construction. VRE operates 30 inbound and outbound trips daily, connecting Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C. from Fredericksburg. Now passengers can use Amtrak trains with a Step-Up ticket for $3 in conjunction with their VRE tickect. For more information, go to www.vre.org.
Park & Ride Lots
- Park & Ride Lots
If you need a place to meet up with your carpool or vanpool, try Park & Ride lots - free commuter parking lots with dozens of convenient locations in Northern Virginia. Many of these lots are served by buses. Northern Virginia bicycle resources, like bicycle lockers are available for an annual fee at several VDOT Park and Ride lots also.Read More
Join a vanpool - or start one of your own - to experience a stress-free, reliable way to save up to $2,000 a year on gas and tolls. Get all the details at VanpoolingRead More
Slugging, also known as "instant carpooling" or "casual carpooling" is a unique form of commuting. It involves drivers stopping to pick up passengers (called "slugs") on their way into the D.C., Arlington, Pentagon or other destinations.Read More
Joining or starting a carpool is just a click away. Carpooling saves you money and can be faster than driving alone when you use the HOV or Express Lanes.Read More
GWRideConnect is a free ridesharing service that connects commuters in the Fredericksburg, Stafford, Spotsylvania, Caroline and King George counties to employment locations in the Northern Virginia and DC areas. It has over 400 vanpools travelling to destinations in Northern Virginia and DC daily. For more information, visit www.gwrideconnect.org
Additional Regional Services
- Toll Roads
The Northern Virginia region has three toll road facilities: the Dulles Toll Road, the Dulles Greenway and 495 Express Lanes.Read More
- HOV Lanes
High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes allow users to travel faster, while also freeing up congestion in regular lanes.Read More
E-ZPass is an automatic, electronic toll collection system that quickly and efficiently moves traffic through toll facilities in Virginia and much of the East Coast.Read More
- Guaranteed Ride Home (GRH) Program
Afraid of being left without a ride if you decide to carpool, vanpool, take the bus, bike or walk to work? Don’t be! The Guaranteed Ride Home (GRH) program ensures that commuters registered in the program have a FREE ride home during an emergency. Whether your schedule changes because you or your child is sick, or because you need to stay late at work unexpectedly, GRH guarantees you up to four FREE rides home throughout the year. The program is designed to rescue commuters that are worried about getting stranded should they choose to commute through carpooling, vanpooling, riding public transportation, or biking/walking.
If you are interested in registering with the program, go to the CommuterConnections home page to find out if you’re eligible to register!