Slugging in the DC Area

There is an interesting form of commuting in the DC area called “slugging”.  This is a form of carpooling where drivers pick up riders, who are total strangers, from designated spots and drop them off at designated stops.  A friend works downtown DC and lives in Woodbridge, Virginia, about 40 kms away.  She drives 5 minutes to a park-and-ride lot, stands in the queue going in the direction of her office and hitches a ride.  She has been doing this for years, saves money and time, loves it and says it’s very safe.

This works for both driver and riders as the former does not have to pay for using the HOV (High Occupancy Vehicle) lanes which are faster, while the riders get a free ride.  Yes, passengers ride for free.

This form of commuting has been around for a long time in DC and helps both people who save resources, and Mother Earth who gets less pollution.   In Zambia, drivers now pick up people on the way and charge them lower fares than regular buses.  It helps drivers with fuel money while passengers save a bit of money, have a comfortable and quiet ride, and don’t get hustled by bus conductors.

Do you live in a city that has a form of slugging?

15 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. davidatqcm
    Jun 02, 2020 @ 08:04:49

    very interesting

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  2. anotherday2paradise
    Apr 02, 2020 @ 17:44:41

    It’s a funny name, but sounds like a great idea, just as long as you’re not picking up a serial killer. 😅

    Reply

  3. Photography Journal Blog
    Mar 24, 2020 @ 07:46:43

    We used to live in the area, so I kind of grew up around this idea. It’s a good one I think.

    Reply

  4. Lisa Bradshaw
    Mar 22, 2020 @ 07:53:57

    Great idea.. a small fee is worth it for both driver and passenger..

    Reply

  5. arlingwoman
    Mar 21, 2020 @ 11:45:46

    I’ve known people who slug here, but the idea makes me nervous. I’ve always walked, biked, or gotten on the Metro. On the other hand, I’ve hear people often ride with the same people every day.

    Reply

  6. Jill Weatherholt
    Mar 21, 2020 @ 10:08:29

    I remember when slugging took off in the DC area. I was in high school, but my father was commuting into the city and would often pick up a rider or two.

    Reply

  7. restlessjo
    Mar 21, 2020 @ 07:34:57

    Not too many commuters around here, but it’s a darn good idea. 🙂 🙂 Keep safe!

    Reply

  8. leggypeggy
    Mar 21, 2020 @ 03:48:46

    Clever idea.

    Reply

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