Commuter Programs and Transportation Demand Management (TDM)
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 tax credit is one of the many advantages of including telework as part of your company’s overall business strategy. Virginia businesses can get a tax credit of up to $1,200 per employee, and as much as $50,000 per organization for eligible telework expenditures. These expenses include purchases like hardware, software and telecommunications equipment, and up to $20,000 for a telework assessment.
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
I-66 and I-395 Commuter Incentives
DRPT and VDOT have partnered to support Virginia businesses and employees during the construction of the I-66 and I-395 express lanes.
Traffic congestion and construction zones on I-66 and I-395 are making it more difficult for employees to get to work on time, but there are simply and cost-effective solutions for Virginia businesses and employees.
Telework solves the problem of traffic delays and increases employee productivity. Through the Telework!VA program, businesses within one mile of the I-395 corridor can start or expand telework programs and may receive up to $10,000 to cover costs.
Employees who carpool in the I-395 corridor are eligible to receive "Pool Rewards," which provides up to $230 for new carpools.
For vanpool operators, the I-395 Express Lanes VanStart program will provide financial assistance for new vanpool formations that travel along I-95/I-395 corridor during the construction phase of the I-395 Express Lanes. The VanStart program addresses a barrier to the startup of new vanpools--the difficulty of getting enough people to commit to a vanpool to fill the vanpool from the start. The VanStart program alleviates this problem by subsidizing a few empty seats over a defined period of time in order to get the vanpool on the road. This program is open to all newly formed vanpools that travel any portion of the I-395 corridor and provides up to $200.00 flat rate per eligible empty seat per number of eligible months.
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.
Bike to Work!VA
DRPT's Bike to Work!VA initiative promotes bicycling as an option for commuting to work. Bicycling is beneficial for employees and employers; commuters who cycle to work require fewer sick days and enjoy overall better health. Bicycling employees are often more productive, less stressed and do not require daily parking, which reduces the amount employers invest in parking facilities. In addition, biking instead of driving reduces pollution and improves air quality.
In May 2019, Governor Northam issued a Bike to Work Week and Bike to Work day proclamation encouraging Virginians to try this affordable and health alternative to driving to work alone. Many cities, town, and counties across the state hold Bike to Work events in May, including Northern Virginia, Harrisonburg, Loudoun County, Portsmouth, Roanoke, and Staunton. Visit BiketoWorkVA.org for more information on bicycling to work, statewide initiatives celebrating Bike to Work Week, and for a calendar of upcoming bicycling events.