It’s one of a number of free or discounted options that commuters concerned about travel time and costs can take advantage of as transit organizations across the D.C. region observe Earth Day on Friday, or roll out new discounts tied to Interstate 66 tolls and upcoming toll lane construction.
Also on Friday, in the District, Mayor Muriel Bowser is set to highlight 14 new fully electric DC Circulator buses that are scheduled to carry riders for the first time on May 1. The buses can travel more than 200 miles on a single charge and are expected to run on all six DC Circulator routes. A separate batch of new diesel buses arrived last year.
The free money for Loudoun County commuters is available to anyone who currently drives alone to or from work on a commute that uses the I-66 corridor inside the Capital Beltway, since the program is funded by I-66 toll revenue.
Commuters who register online and are willing to switch from driving alone to taking a Loudoun County Commuter Bus will qualify for $100 SmarTrip cards for each of the first three months they take the bus to and from Rosslyn, the Pentagon or D.C.
Fairfax Connector and PRTC OmniRide are planning discounts along the I-66 corridor in the near future as well, including half-off OmniRide fares to and from Gainesville and Manassas for more than four years of construction of new I-66 toll lanes between Gainesville and the Beltway.
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