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Doing our part to help the environment takes heroic actions by each of us. That's why RideFinders strives to keep you informed about the latest news in smart transportation choices, how it affects us, and simple changes that you can incorporate into your lifestyle.

We want you to be aware of what great options are available to you so check back often for changes or further developments. We'll keep you posted! 
 

VANPOOL RIDERS NEEDED FOR ATLEE/ELMONT TO ARLINGTON ROUTE

 

Vanpool riders needed for Atlee/Elmont Home Depot to Arlington route.

 

The van departs Atlee/Elmont Home Depot I-95-N Exit 86B at 5:40 a.m., arrives at the Pentagon at 7:10 a.m. and arrives at Rosslyn, VA 7:15 a.m.

 

On the return trip, the van leaves Rosslyn Metro Station at 4:20 p.m., arrives at the Pentagon at 4:30 p.m. and arrives back at the Atlee/Elmont Home Depot at 6:10 p.m.

 

For more information, please contact Brigitte Carter at 804-643-7433 or bcarter@ridefinders.com.

 
 
HELPING BUSINESSES BECOME MORE BIKE FRIENDLY
 

Is your company a Charter 2015 member? Richmond 2015 and RideFinders have partnered together for Charter 2015, a program that recognizes and encourages businesses and organizations within the region to be more bike-friendly.

 

Employers who encourage their employees to consider biking as a commute option, offer bike related facilities at their site and provide bike education programs are some of the ways they are making their business site bike-friendly!

 

It's easy for your company or organization to become a member. Join the growing list of employers that have become members. Visit www.charter2015.com or call RideFinders at 804-643-7433 for more information.

 
RIDEFINDERS SELLS CARE TICKETS TO AREA EMPLOYERS
 

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), GRTC Transit System's CARE service provides curb-to-curb paratransit services to citizens with disabilities who may not be reasonably able to use GRTC fixed route bus service in the Richmond Region. CARE service is available in the City of Richmond, Henrico County, and portions of Chesterfield County. Pre-purchased tickets are the only accepted form of payment on CARE vans.

RideFinders provides the convenience to area employers to purchase CARE tickets at the Commuter Store located at 1013 East Main Street in downtown Richmond. This is an excellent way to support the commute trips of eligible workforce members.  Employers can request an easy to use order form to order CARE tickets for their employees by calling RideFinders at 804-643-7433 or emailing jtaylor@ridefinders.com.   Employees can then conveniently return the order form via fax or email with the contact information provided.   RideFinders accepts cash, check or credit card (a 3% convenience fee applies) for CARE ticket purchases. A book of 6 tickets is $18.00 and a book of 10 tickets is $30.

For more information on how to purchase CARE tickets, call RideFinders at 804-643-7433 or visit the Commuter Store.   For more information on the CARE program, visit www.ridegrtc.com .

 
 
RIDEFINDERS "ON THE MOVE" -THE OFFICIAL MOBILE APP FOR iPHONE and ANDROID IS HERE!

The new app allows you to:
--Locate a nearby Park and Ride lot using built-in GPS. This feature will show the nearest intersection of the Park and Ride lot and available transit and some additional information including parking spaces, lighting and bike accommodations.
-Receive news, updates and noti fication alerts of vanpool availability, RideFinders' programs and services, future transportation events, website updates and more!
- Get the scoop on upcoming promotions!
- Receive daily air quality forecast.
- Submit comments and suggestions regarding the use of RideFinders' mobile app. RideFinders welcomes feedback from users to better enhance the mobile app.

 

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TRANSPORTATION FRINGE BENEFITS UPDATE

The monthly limit on the amount that may be excluded from an employee's income for qualified parking benefits is as follows:

Parking: 2014 -$250.00 per month

Transit/Vanpool: 2014- $130.00 per month

For more details you can visit:
http://www.irs.gov/pub/ irs-pdf/p15b.pdf

 

EVALUATION OF RIDEFINDERS' FY2012 TRANSPORTATION DEMAND MANAGEMENT (TDM) PROGRAM IMPACT

Please click here to review the final report.

 

VANPOOL RIDERS NEEDED!
Vanpool riders needed for Henrico to Rosslyn-Arlington route.

Origin: Henrico (Glenside P&R Lot)(5:40 a.m.)
Pick-up Point: Home Depot, Ashland, VA (5:50 a.m.)
Destination: Rosslyn Metro Station, Arlington, VA (7:20 a.m.)

Evening Departure Time: Rosslyn Metro Station, Arlington, VA (4:40 p.m.)
Evening Arrival: Glenside P&R Lot (6:30 p.m.)

All times are approximate. For more information, contact Jerry
Gonzalez at jgonzalez@ridefinders.com or 804-643-7433.
 
VANPOOL RIDERS NEEDED!
Vanpool riders needed for Newport News, VA to Downtown Richmond, VA route.

Origination-Pick up at Yoder Plaza - Newport News at 6:15 A.M.
First stop - 7th and Marshall - 7:15
Second stop - 10th and Marshall - 7:18
Third stop - VDOT Parking lot - 7:22
Destination-Fourth stop - 7th and Main - 7:26

Return trip:
First pickup between 9th and 10th on Franklin Street at 4:45 P.M. ...
Second pickup at VDOT Parking lot - 4:50
Last pickup - 10th and Marshall 4:55
Arrive at Yoder Plaza - between 6:00 and 6:05

All times are approximate. For more information, contact Brigitte Carter at bcarter@ridefinders.com or 804-643-7433.

 

VANPOOL RIDERS NEEDED!

 

Vanpool riders needed for Mechanicsville to downtown Richmond route. Van departs Mechanicsville park n' ride at 7:00 travelling into downtown Richmond and returns at approximately 5:00 p.m.

For more information, contact Brigitte Carter at 804-643-7433 or bcarter@ridefinders.com.

 

 

NEW VANPOOL STARTING. RIDERS NEEDED!

 

Riders needed for NEW vanpool originating in Ashland travelling to the Pentagon.  Van departs Ashland at the Home Depot lot (exit 86B) between 4:30am and 4:45am and is scheduled to arrive at the Pentagon at 6:10am.
 
The van will depart the Pentagon at 3:40pm and is scheduled to arrive back in Ashland at 6:05pm. For more information, contact Brigitte Carter at
bcarter@ridefinders.com or 804-643-7433.


VANPOOL RIDERS NEEDED!

 

Vanpool riders needed for Fredericksburg to downtown Richmond route.  Van leaves the commuter parking lot on Route 17 at approximately 6:10am with several pick-up points off exit 126-I95 and the Ladysmith exit.  The van is scheduled to arrive in downtown Richmond at 7:15am with several drop-off points.  
 
The van leaves downtown Richmond starting at 4:30pm and is scheduled to arrive in Fredericksburg by 5:45pm.  For more information, contact Brigitte Carter at
bcarter@ridefinders.com or 804-643-7433.

VANPOOL RIDERS NEEDED!
 
Vanpool riders needed for Hampton/Newport News to Fort Lee route.  Van originates at the Wal-Mart, Todd's Lane, Hampton.  The work hours of the van are 6:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. - Monday through Thursday.  The final destination is Fort Lee, DECA.  For more information, contact Brigitte Carter at bcarter@ridefinders.com or 804-474-9904.

 

 

VANPOOL RIDERS NEEDED!

 

New vanpool group starting-Newport News/Mechanicsville to Washington, D.C. route with the work hours between 6:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Van will leave Newport News park n' ride lot at 4:00 a.m. and is scheduled to arrive at the Mechanicsville park n' ride lot at 4:50 a.m.  There will be multiple stops in Washington, D.C. (Pentagon Metro, Navy Yard Metro, Navy Yard).

 

Van will depart at 3:10 p.m. with the last pick-up at 3:30 and scheduled to arrive in Mechanicsville at 5:15 p.m. and Newport News at 6:05 p.m.  For more information, please contact Jerry Gonzalez at 804-643-7433 or jgonzalez@ridefinders.com.

 

  

VDOT ANNOUNCES RIDEFINDERS AS LATEST E-ZPASS ON-THE-GO RETAILER

RideFinders has joined Virginia E-ZPass On-the-Go Retail Program

RICHMOND - Richmond area drivers now have one more way to get an E-ZPass.
The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) today announced that RideFinders is the latest merchant to offer E-ZPass On-the-Go, a program that allows customers to obtain E-ZPass transponders at various retailers. Drivers can get prepaid E-ZPass transponders at select outlets for use on all toll roads in Virginia and 14 other states.
 
"E-ZPass On-the-Go is the new, convenient way to obtain an E-ZPass," said VDOT Commissioner Greg Whirley. "Thousands of drivers use E-ZPass each day to travel along toll roads throughout the commonwealth. The On-the-Go program allows individuals to visit a participating retailer and obtain an E-ZPass for immediate use on toll roads. I am pleased to welcome RideFinders to our group of participating retailers."
 
RideFinders, the Central Virginia region's rideshare agency, provides residents and employers in the region with commuter services that support and advance the use of carpooling, vanpooling, public transit, biking, walking and telework alternatives to driving alone to work and other destinations. All of these travel assistance services are designed to help the region manage the demand placed on its roadways by moving more people in fewer cars and improve air quality.
 
RideFinders Commuter Store located at 1013 East Main Street in downtown Richmond will offer E-ZPass On-the-Go. "RideFinders is pleased to serve as a transportation one-stop-shop in the downtown area and offer our customers the option to purchase these transponders," said Von Tisdale, executive director of RideFinders.
 
E-ZPass is an electronic toll collection system that makes paying tolls fast and easy through the use of a transponder that automatically deducts tolls from an account that can be connected to the user's bank or credit card accounts. 
 
E-ZPass On-the-Go provides an easy way for drivers to obtain an E-ZPass transponder through select local stores and businesses. Drivers simply pay $35 and the E-ZPass can be used right away with $15 toll credit. The additional $20 is available for tolls when the transponder is registered online at www.EZPassVA.com or via telephone at 877-762-7824 or 800-828-1120 (for TTY users).  
 
"Not only does RideFinders offer a convenient location for downtown commuters to walk from their jobs to our Commuter Store and easily purchase their transponders, but our E-ZPass customers will be able to register their transponders immediately after purchase using our kiosk," said Tisdale. "This is an added benefit and truly makes RideFinders a unique location for customers. RideFinders has two self-serve kiosks located on-site."
 
Last fall, VDOT announced AAA Mid-Atlantic, Wegmans and Giant, as the program's retail partners. E-ZPass transponders can also be obtained online, by calling a toll-free number (877-762-7824) or by visiting an E-ZPass Customer Service Center. 
 
For more information, visit www.EZPassVA.com.
 
For more information on E-ZPass Virginia, visit www.EZPassVA.com.