New App Connects Commuters for Ridesharing Between Woodbridge & Tysons Corner
WASHINGTON, DC, August 29, 2016– Sameride Commuter Community announced today it launched a new app, available on iOS and Android, that takes advantage of smartphone technology to create new slugging routes to connect commuters for ridesharing along the I-95/495/395 corridors.
According to the initiative group that started the community: “The slugging which started in Washington has shown this type of communing can be effective. The Sameride Commuter Community goal is to build a community that extends beyond current sluglines and into other metro areas. By using an app on your smartphone, Sameride Commuter Community enables commuters to save time and money, and increase the sustainability of our cities.”Tweet
Slugging, or “casual carpooling,” allows commuters (drivers and passengers) to take advantage of HOV and HOT lanes along the I-95/495/395 corridors for faster and more cost-effective commutes. This mutual benefit created the long-standing slugging community and current sluglines. However, many have tried to establish new sluglines but have not been able to sustain them with limited commuters. With an app, fewer commuters are needed. Plus, commuters are able to plan in advance when to start the commute and make sure there is a carpool available for their route.
With Sameride Commuter Community, using a mobile app from their iOS or Android device, commuters will be able to create new slugging routes with a lower concentration of commuters. Drivers and riders can define new slugging routes, create awareness of new pickup and drop-off locations, and ensure availability of riders and drivers.
Efficient and flexible. Join the @SamerideApp Commuter Community for I-95/495/395 HOV/HOT lane ridesharing. https://www.sameride.com/Tweet
Sameride mobile app also solves issues that have prevented many from participating in the current slugging process. With the current process, the wait time in a slugline is unpredictable and may result in not finding a driver or passengers to the desired destination at all. Current sluglines are active during a narrow time window of peak traffic congestion. Using a mobile app community, Sameride removes these limitations to extend real-time ridesharing to commuters not currently using a carpool or rideshare option, increasing the number of carpool and rideshare participants.
The initiative group of Sameride Commuter Community is a team of commuters who are sluggers, software developers, designers and transportation professionals that are united around the goal to bring technological innovations into commuting. Sameride mobile app helps drivers and passengers to find each other for shared commute.