Guaranteed Ride Home Program Expanded to St. Mary's Co. - Southern Maryland Headline News

Guaranteed Ride Home Program Expanded to St. Mary's Co.

Additional Funding from Maryland Drives Expansion of the Commuter Connections Service

HUGHESVILLE, Md.—Commuter Connections' Guaranteed Ride Home program has expanded to include the Baltimore metropolitan region and St. Mary's County. This expansion comes at the request of the Maryland Department of Transportation, which will provide additional funding to Commuter Connections GRH program.

Guaranteed Ride Home is a service offered by Commuter Connections that provides people who regularly commute by carpool, vanpool, bike or transit with a free ride home in the event of an emergency. According to Commuter Connections, one of the main reasons people do not take transit or join carpools is because of concerns about getting home when family members get sick or other personal emergencies occur. Guaranteed Ride Home eliminates that barrier by offering commuters a free and reliable ride, up to four times per year, to get home early for these unexpected emergencies or to get home late because of unscheduled overtime.

"This expansion means that area residents who work in the Washington/Baltimore area and the Tri County region-as well as thousands of the new workers headed to Fort Meade because of the BRAC base realignment process-will be eligible to enroll in our service," said George Clark, Rideshare Coordinator for the Tri County Council for Southern Maryland. "Guaranteed Ride Home will be a great way to encourage these commuters to join carpools and do their part to clean the air and reduce traffic congestion in both the Washington and Baltimore regions as well as all three Southern Maryland Counties."

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