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Area Commuter Lot Resurfacing Information

Area Commuter Lot Resurfacing Information

VDOT will be resurfacing five of the Park and Ride lots in our region in the coming months.  Lots will be closed for at least 15 consecutive days depending on weather.  The lots will not be accessible during the resurfacing, except for Gordon Rd, which will be sectioned off.  A list of the Park and Ride lots in our region with the referenced number codes below can be found here: https://www.gwrideconnect.org/commuter-lots/

The work is scheduled to begin September 6th at Carmel Church in Caroline County (207) and Old Salem Church Road in Spotsylvania County (3).

  • If you park at Old Salem Church Road, please use the closest convenient Park and Ride Lot available to your party.  This may be a good time to consider using the newest lot at Commonwealth Dr and Route One, just south of Cosner’s Corner.
  • If you park at Carmel Church lot, Napa Auto Parts has agreed to allow commuters to park at the store at 9397 Jericho Rd, Ruther Glen, VA 22546. It is directly next to the commuter lot.  Please park on the left and at the rear of the building. They asked for the spots in front of the store to be left open for customers.

Work is scheduled to begin September 13th at Mine Road (610M).

  • Please plan to use the Park and Ride Lots located at 1150 Courthouse Rd (630) or at 139 Staffordborro Blvd (610) during construction.

Please visit VDOT’s dedicated webpage for the latest updates www.virginiadot.org/FredParkandRideResurfacing over the next few months to see the status of each lot.

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We are here to assist you, so please do not hesitate to reach out at 540-373-3776 or via our contact page if you have any questions or need additional information.

Stafford Slugging is Going Strong at 610

Stafford Slugging is Going Strong at 610

On August 8, 2023, GWRideConnect conducted a study on the practice of slugging within the George Washington Region, also known as Planning District 16, finding significant slugging activity at Stafford County’s Staffordboro Park and Ride Lot located off Route 610.

Originating in the 1970s, slugging has evolved into an efficient form of instant carpooling that substantially reduces vehicle miles travelled (VMT). Slugging, recognized as casual or instant carpooling, is when a driver picks up non-paying passenger(s) at a specific pickup location and drops the passenger(s) off at a drop-off location that is agreed upon before the rider enters the vehicle.

On Tuesday, August 8, 2023, the surveyors counted 436 riders (slugs) that obtained rides with 220 vehicles. GWRideConnect executed a similar study last year on also the second Tuesday of August. Compared to the same time last year, there was an impressive increase of 51% in the number of riders and a 44% increase in vehicles engaged in providing rides for slugs at the Staffordboro Park and Ride Lot. This was the only location where slugging activity was observed both last year and this year.

As described in the full report, available below, during the early morning time interval of 4:30 and 5:00 a.m., the average wait time between arriving vehicles was 4 minutes and 49 seconds. In contrast, the period between 6:00 and 6:30 a.m. witnessed a remarkably swift average of just 33 seconds between arriving vehicles.

The full report for the August 8, 2023 count, is located here: https://www.gwrideconnect.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/08/Slug-Survey-2023-Final.pdf

The full report for the 2022 count is located here: https://www.gwrideconnect.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/01/Slug-Survey-2022-Final-Report.pdf

To find a formal carpool or vanpool for your commute, fill out our easy form and we will let you know what is available.  We can also help to get started riding VRE, Metro, FBXGO, and OmniRide.