What is OmniRide Ridesharing?
It's the FREE, personalized ridematching service that will help you find a carpool or vanpool! OmniRide Ridesharing uses the Commuter Connections database to link commuters who live and work near one another and who have similar work hours. Just fill out the Match Request form, and we'll send you a list of potential ridesharing matches. Many carpools and vanpools start at commuter lots within the Prince William area, bound for destinations throughout Northern Virginia, the District and Maryland.
If you live outside Prince William County, Manassas and Manassas Park, you'll find a listing of the Rideshare Programs in other localities by visiting Commuter Connections' Resources page or by calling Commuter Connections at (800) 745-7433.
Carpool or Vanpool, What's the Difference?
- Average of 3 people per vehicle
- Everyone takes turns driving so each member is behind the wheel only one out of every three weeks!
- Rides provided in the vehicle owned by the driver of the week
- No payment necessary
- Typically carry between 7 and 15 passengers
- Often have designated primary and back-up drivers
- Rides provided in a van owned/leased by a vanpooling business
- Passengers typically pay via SmartBenefits or private payment
See the Commuter Programs page for lots of helpful information about Ridesharing programs and incentives.
Slugging – or Casual Carpooling
The casual carpooling that's popular in the region is known as slugging. To take advantage of faster commute times in the Express Lanes, commuters form on-the-spot carpools. Drivers simply pick up enough passengers going to a specific destination to use the Express Lanes without having to pay a toll. No money is exchanged yet everyone wins because the driver has a faster commute and the passengers get a FREE ride.
Whether you slug or commute in a carpool or vanpool, signing up for Rider Express alerts is a great idea. You'll receive email and/or text message notifications of changes affecting OmniRide's service.