Alternative Commuting

RideSmart Solutions

RideSmart Solutions is your guide to alternative transportation options in Prince George's County. We provide free information and benefit programs for bus service, rail lines, carpooling, vanpooling and telecommuting as well as employer specialized programs. RideSmart provides comprehensive programs backed by the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board at the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, your state and local governments, and several other transportation organizations, all working together to improve commuting in and around the region.

If you have questions about your commuting options, contact the RideSmart Solutions team at 301-883-5656 or info.pgcridesmartsolutions@co.pg.md.us

We can help you with commuting options including:

  • TheBus, MetroBus and MetroRail, and SmartBenefits pre-tax and/or employer subsidized transit programs.
  • Drive together and save! You can earn money back for combining your commute with others who live along the way. Commuter Connections can help you find your perfect ride match.
  • Guaranteed Ride Home (GRH) – a free program that offers four rides home per year if you get to work and have an emergency. You just need to leave the car at home at least twice a week and register for the free GRH program in advance of needing the service.
  • Bike resources including Capital Bikeshare and information on bike commuting options (did you know all buses in our county TheBus system have bike racks?)
  • Guidance on telework and flexible work schedules
  • Additional support for employers wanting to start or improve their commuter benefits programs – we can help you create a robust program and provide the resources you need to get started and take advantage of great financial incentives.

Commuter Connections

Prince George's County works closely with the Commuter Connections program to help promote transportation alternatives and connect commuters to jobs, education, shopping, healthcare, and other important destinations, while reducing auto emissions and traffic congestion. We want to make sure you have all the resources needed in order to successfully enjoy making alternative modes of transportation your main source of traveling.

Apps to Inform and Reward Your Commute

Check out these commuting apps to help you make decisions about your commuting options and earn rewards along the way:

  • NextBus to track the county’s TheBus system (android)
  • PGCTrip for real-time roadway conditions and traffic cameras around Prince George’s County (android / iOS)
  • TransLoc for our on-demand PGC Link microtransit in the Fort Washington area (pilot program running now through early May 2021) (android / iOS)
  • Curb for Prince George’s County taxi service (android / iOS)
  • CarpoolNow gives you free, real-time ride matches with other commuters traveling the same direction as you to work or home (android / iOS)
  • Commuter Connections helps you find ride matches, Park & Ride lots, and includes a commute trip logging calendar (android / iOS)
  • Incentrip rewards you for your commute choices in cash and/or gift cards, and helps you plan your trip (android / iOS)