Sometimes navigating the area’s numerous transit options can be confusing. Where do you catch the bus? What route should you take? How much will it cost? Apps and other digital tools are a common solution, but what if you want to talk to an actual person? Where can you go? The Commuter Store! There, you’ll meet knowledgeable professionals who provide one-on-one assistance with applying SmartBenefits, exploring routes, purchasing fares and so much more.
Commuter benefits and programs
Your business or property can benefit through vanpool transportation and other sustainable transportation programs.
Here in the DC area, there are several transit options commuters have to get to and from work. With the average commute around 50 miles round trip per day, driving alone can cost nearly $800 per month and almost $10,000 a year.
This past February, an article by WTOP compared commuting statistics around the Washington area between 2009 and 2015, and basically, Arlington residents have it pretty good. People here drive less, have shorter commutes and take advantage of more transportation options. The proximity to jobs might have a lot to do with this, but the people with these commutes chose to live in Arlington and to have more compact lives.
Arlington County is an attractive place to live for many reasons and to all kinds of people, from millennials to forward-minded seniors. The multitude of parks and restaurants, as well as the proximity to DC’s attractions make it a desirable place to call home.
Arlington Transportation Partners (ATP) and the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) recently co-hosted a seminar that provided comprehensive training on the ins and outs of WMATA’s SmartBenefits program. SmartBenefits is a self-managed and IRS-compliant commuter benefits system that allows employers and employees to save money on commuting costs.