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Looking to Ease Your Commute?

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Looking for a better way to get to work? Tired of the traffic congestion?

Employees and students at the Johns Hopkins University Montgomery County Campus have several options that may take some of the strain off of the daily commuting hassle. Some programs are offered through Montgomery County; others are offered through the university.

JHU BENEFITS: Full-time and part-time JHU faculty and staff are eligible for the JHU Commuting-to-Work program. The program allows pre-tax deductions taken from paychecks to cover eligible expenses associated with commuting. For information, visit the JHU Commuter Assistance website.

CARPOOL/ VANPOOL: Montgomery County Commuter Services offers a carpool/vanpool program, helping people who live and work near one another – and with similar work schedules – connect and organize ride sharing. Not only does ride sharing cut congestion, but cars with more than one person in the vehicle can use HOV lanes, potentially shaving minutes from commutes.

Commuters can also consider walking or biking to work.

BIKING: Grants and funding from the Maryland Department of Transportation, the Federal Transit Administration, Montgomery County, the City of Rockville and other sources helped launch Bikeshare in Montgomery County a few years ago. Capital Bikeshare stations are scattered throughout areas near the JHU Montgomery County Campus, including at Broschart and Blackwell roads and on Medical Center Drive in front of the National Cancer Institute parking garage. Other locations include racks at Adventist Health Care Shady Grove Medical Center and the Shady Grove Metro Station. The first 30 minutes of each trip are free.

Bikes can be picked up at one bike dock and returned to a dock at a different location, so one-way trips are okay.

Free memberships are available for those who meet income eligibility requirements. 

If you are interested in learning more about Capital Bikeshare, representatives from Montgomery County Commuter Services will host an outreach event from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5, at the Bikeshare station on Medical Center Drive near the National Cancer Institute parking garage. During the event, you can get in-person assistance to learn how to use the program and get a free, 24-hour membership.

GAURANTEED RIDE HOME: The Guaranteed Ride Home program provides commuters who regularly carpool, vanpool, bike, walk or take transit to work with a free and reliable ride home in case of emergencies, including the need to work overtime, and personal and family illness.

SURVEY: Montgomery County Commuter Services is currently seeking input to find ways to improve transportation in the county. If you work in the county, you are encouraged to take a survey and share your ideas.


CATEGORY: In The Community