If you commute in the Washington area, you may be aware of the Guaranteed Ride Home Program. This program allows people who normally use public transit or carpools to get a free ride home in the event of an emergency.

Commuter Connections, which runs the program, has released some new detail on how the program is being used. Here are some interesting tidbits:

  • There are nearly 8,000 people registered in the GRH database. This means that about 8,000 people can get a free ride home if they need to work early due to illness, a child care emergency, or similar need.
  • Between January and March, there were 763 new applications, down from 946 during the previous quarter. Another 1,622 applicants were re-registered.
  • There were 639 GRH trips in the Washington area between January and March, down from 648 during the same time last year.
  • “Personal illness” was the top reason for using GRH, followed by “child care.”
  • According to a survey of GRH users in 2017, the average rider waited 14 minutes for their ride to show up, and 94 percent of GRH users said they waited less than 30 minutes.

The Guaranteed Ride Home Program is open to anyone who works and lives in the Washington-Baltimore Metropolitan area. Read more and register here.
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