Fairfax County RideSources
The RideSources Program is operated by the Fairfax County Department of Transportation and is a member of Commuter Connections. The RideSources program provides commuters with free ridesharing information, including ridematching assistance to form or join carpools or vanpools.
Visit the Commuter Connections Web site to register into a regional database which will match you with neighbors who share similar work schedules and travel patterns; or call the Fairfax County RideSources program at (703) 877-5900 for assistance. By sharing the ride with just one other person, you can cut your commuting expenses in half, use the HOV lanes to travel faster, and enjoy a less stressful commute.
The rideshare database makes it easy to choose carpooling as a commute alternative. Once you receive your match list, it is recommended that you meet with the prospective ridesharers to discuss how the carpool or vanpool will operate. Subjects to discuss include maximum waiting time, smoking policy, park & ride lots for pick-up/drop-off, radio playing policy, etc.
For more information and assistance in setting up transportation programs at employment sites, call the Employer Services Specialist at (703) 877-5600, or visit the Employer Services Program web site.
Carpooling is the simplest, least expensive and most common "ridesharing" arrangement. Employees of a single company may often live near each other. Neighbors may often work at different companies located only a short distance apart and have the same work hours. Carpooling reduces the total number of commute trips made because each passenger, in addition to the driver, represents one less vehicle trip. Carpooling variations mirror the diversity of participants: One person may drive all the time, while the passengers contribute only to the cost (e.g., gas and parking). Participants may alternate driving and not exchange money. The carpool driver may pick up passengers at their homes, or they may meet at central location. Carpools can and do include family members. Collectively, the carpool participants make up the rules and schedule.
Vanpooling is popular in the Metro Washington area because it is an important and economical option for individuals commuting long distances to work sites.
There are three types of vanpools:
Owner-operated vans - An individual leases or purchases a van and operates the van independently. Riders generally meet at a central location and pay the owner a set monthly fee.
Third-party vans - A vanpool "provider" leases the vanpool vehicle for a monthly fee that includes the vehicle operating cost, insurance, and maintenance. The vanpool provider contracts directly with one or more employees who operates the van. The monthly lease fee is paid by the vanpool subscribers.
Employer-provided vans -- The employer (or a group of employers) buys or leases vans for employees' commute use. The employer organizes the vanpool riders and insures and maintains the vehicles. The employer may charge a fee to ride in the van or subsidize the service. Check with your company's Human Resources department if this may be a viable option.
How do I Find a Vanpool?
Call Fairfax County Department of Transportation RideSources (703) 877-5900 (24 hours a day) or Commuter Connections 1-800-745-RIDE.
Local Vanpool Companies
VPSI Commuter Vanpools-1-800-Van-Ride
ABS Vans-Metro (703) 551-4677
Note: Reduced personal property tax rate for 12-15 passenger vans. Call Fairfax County Department of Transportation for more information. (703) 877-5900.