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Today's read: cash for carpools

New carpoolers can earn $2 a day: The three-month program sponsored by Commuter Connections will reward commuters who currently travel alone along any stretch of the Capital Beltway from Bethesda to Tysons Corner; the Beltway from the Baltimore-Washington Parkway to Interstate 270; and Interstate 395 from the District across the 14th Street bridge into Northern Virginia. If enough people sign up, the program could be extended to other roads. (Lisa Rein)

We've had similar programs in the Washington region, but they've been associated with specific traffic management plans to get people around disruptive construction projects, such as the rebuilding of the Wilson Bridge or the Frederick Douglass Bridge.

Is the money incentive strong enough to push more people into carpools? Our most successful effort is the one that sprang up naturally among commuters who wanted to take advantage of the HOV-3 lanes on I-95/395. In fact, the sluggers are a carpool model for the nation.

By Robert Thomson  |  October 27, 2009; 9:04 AM ET
Categories:  Driving  | Tags: Dr. Gridlock, Today's Read  
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