a. Commuter shuttles operate each weekday between Frederick, North Frederick, and the Route 85 business corridor. The East Frederick shuttle serves the Spring Ridge area, MVA, and FCC Monroe Campus Monday through Friday. The Brunswick/Jefferson and Emmitsburg/Thurmont Shuttles operate Monday through Saturday.
b. Two Meet-the-MARC shuttle routes operate each weekday providing service to the downtown Frederick and Point of Rocks train stations; the shuttles serve the Monocacy MARC Station upon request.
c. Vanpooling is an important and economical option for individuals commuting long distances. It is also good for the environment. This option is popular in the Metropolitan Washington area because of commuting distances to work sites. A company can give vanpoolers up to $130 in tax-free transportation benefits each month. Transit Services will assist new & existing vanpool/carpools in finding riders. Transit offers a financial subsidy for empty seats to vanpools in the first year of operation.
There are three kinds of vanpools:
1.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.
2.Third-party vans — A vanpool "vendor" leases the vanpool vehicle for a monthly fee that includes the vehicle operating cost, insurance, and maintenance. The vendor can contract directly with one or more employees. The monthly lease fee is paid by the group of users. Military personnel may also benefit from this vanpooling arrangement.
3.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.
d. Ridematching- Frederick County is a member of the Washington Metropolitan Council of Governments Commuter Connections. A computerized car and vanpool matching service is offered free to all commuters. Complete the on-line application at commuterconnections.org.
e. Guaranteed Ride Home - Follow the link to Commuter Connections for information and an application for the Guaranteed Ride Home program. Guaranteed Ride Home (GRH) provides commuters who regularly carpool, vanpool, bike, walk or take transit to work with a reliable ride home when one of life’s unexpected emergencies arises. Commuters will be able to use GRH to get home for unexpected personal emergencies and unscheduled overtime up to 6 times per year. Restrictions apply, so be sure to read the participation guidelines. Best of all, the GRH ride home by taxi, rental car, bus or train is FREE!