Commuter Programs Initiatives
DRPT works to improve and expand commuter service programs, to start or expand telework programs, develop and implement transportation management plans, and a host of other activities. DRPT partners with other state agencies, local governments, Planning District Commissions, Metropolitan Planning Organizations, Transportation Management Associations, and other organizations to plan and implement Commuter Programs and Transportation Demand Management (TDM) programs. In addition to our planning and grants administration, DRPT also works on various programs and projects. Below is a brief list of some of these initiatives.
DRPT’s Telework!VA program website provides a one-stop online resource for businesses to start or expand a formal telework program. By allowing employees to perform some or all of their duties from home, companies can help reduce traffic congestion, improve air quality, and create a flexible and competitive workplace. Many businesses experience bottom line benefits from a telework program. This doesn’t mean employees work from home every day. One day a week or two days a month can be a big benefit to businesses and employees.
The Telework!VA website lays out a clear path to start or expand programs, provides case studies and testimonials, sample documents and policies, and many other tools to help businesses get started. Resources and training modules for managers and teleworkers are also provided to help develop and implement a successful, customized telework program.
DRPT has created the Vanpool!VA program to increase the number of vanpools and the use of vanpooling in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The Vanpool!VA program was developed with input from Transportation Demand Management (TDM), transit agencies and vanpool companies.
The goals of the Vanpool!VA are to increase the number of people we move through Virginia’s roadways and to provide vanpooling as a commute option throughout Virginia. To achieve these goals, the Vanpool!VA program is dedicated to increasing the number of vanpools operating in Virginia and increasing the overall ridership of vanpools throughout Virginia. Expanding vanpooling will help address highway congestion by moving more people through Virginia’s congested corridors, improve air quality, and provide mobility options for commuters.
Another goal of Vanpool!VA is to collect vanpool data for the purpose submitting the data in the National Transit Database (NTD) for the purpose of receiving more FTA 5307 transit funding. Another purpose is for DRPT to report on the number of vanpools, ridership and areas of operation. In the large urban areas, Northern Virginia/Fredericksburg, Hampton Roads and Richmond, it is intended that the vanpools operators would report vanpool data directly to those agencies. For the small urban areas, DRPT may collect the data and transfer the data to the transit agencies in those areas. DRPT will work with those transit agencies to determine the best way to handle data collection and reporting.
DRPT is accepting Statement of Interest from eligible organizations and companies interested in receiving financial assistance through Vanpool!VA.
Vanpool!VA program financial assistance is available for following projects:
- Start new vanpools (VanStart)
- Keep vanpools operating when more than one vanpool rider leaves the vanpool (VanSave)
- Sustain vanpools
- Increase vanpool ridership
For more information on Vanpool!VA see DRPT’s Grant Program Application Guidance document.
Transportation Management Plans (TMPs)
When large construction projects are implemented, those projects often include a Transportation Management Plan (TMP) designed to inform the public about the impacts of the construction on traffic and to provide options for commuters to avoid the construction zones. DRPT worked with VDOT and local partners and stakeholders to develop and implement TMPs for construction of Phase 1 of the Metrorail Silver Line, 495 Express Lanes and 95 Express Lanes projects. DRPT is currently working to develop a TMP for Phase 2 of the Metrorail Silver Line construction project.