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Carpool as an alternative to Metro

A cyclist commutes to work on 15th Street NW as traffic backs up from Capitol Hill to Fort Totten during Metro's shutdown. (WTOP/Dave Dildine)

WASHINGTON — At the end of the week, some rail stations will begin to close entirely as a part of Metro’s maintenance plan.

Local leaders suggest rail riders and drivers begin to prepare now for how different phases of Metro work might impact their commutes over the next year.

“If your surge isn’t here yet, in terms of the 15 surges that are going to happen, plan ahead,” said Commuter Connections Director Nick Ramfos.

You have alternatives. And, Commuter Connections will help.

“Sign up for ride-matching. You’ll get a list of others who live and work near you,” Ramfos said while noting that Commuter Connections provides help with more than van- and carpools.

“You can get all of your transit stop locations. You get all of the Park and Ride lot information. You get bicycling information. Essentially, any alternative mode that’s out there, you’re going to get that information,” he said.

To find out what might work best for you, Ramfos recommends getting started sooner than later.

“Start testing out your various modes now, so when [your] surge does hit, you’ll be well aware of what your options are at that point,” he said.

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