Scott Shenk writes about transportation issues affecting Fredericksburg-area residents.
Video: How new pay-to-slug model would work
With recent years’ BRAC movement, thousands of military and federal government workers have lost their commuting options for carpools, vanpools and slugging. A new pilot program administered by the Northern Virginia Regional Commission is trying to fill the gap (click here to read the story). The commission is recruiting beta testers for several BRAC sites. But they are specifically focusing now on those who work at Fort Belvoir, many of whom live in the Fredericksburg area.
Though the model is based on slugging, which is free, one major difference is the pilot program includes a model whereby riders pay a rate to drivers so they in essence split the cost. A grant will foot the bill during the pilot program, so riders won’t be footing the bill. In the long-term, however, they would pay to ride.
If you’re interested in seeing how the pilot program will work, check the video below from Avego, the company providing the software for the pilot program.
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