Vanpooling: Transform 66 Incentives and Free Commuting Options

Join us for a Vanpool drop by on Wednesday, February 26:

  • Noon to 2pm in the Johnson Center at Kiosk F
  • 4-6pm at the Sandy Creek Transit Center

Come by anytime during the two sessions to learn more about vanpooling and to sign up if you’re interested!

Are you commuting along I-66, outside the Beltway to get to and from Mason? Traveling from Winchester? Front Royal? Haymarket or other western locations? Traffic on this corridor has been greatly impacted by an important transportation project, Transform 66, and with the project construction increasing, Mason employees will need solutions.

In order to reduce vehicle traffic on this corridor during the construction phase, Transform 66 is offering commuters the opportunity to start new vanpools with as few as five people in a seven-passenger vehicle for $150 each per month for the first year. This incentive program includes the use of a seven-passenger leased vehicle, all gas and maintenance costs, as well as insurance for the vehicle and riders. Full-time George Mason University employees can use their Commuter Choice Benefits to completely cover these costs – making the commute to and from campus absolutely free.*

Vanpools are already forming from the Front Royal and Haymarket Park and Ride lots to Mason. One vanpool is almost ready to launch leaving from the Park and Ride lot at Gainesville and/or Cushing Road.

The Transform 66 Vanpool Program Team can help you get started. Contact Theresa McMullin 703.969.7712 or Felicia Woodruff 703.927.1046 to get your new Transform 66 vanpool started today!

Are you interested in vanpooling but are not commuting on I-66?  Visit Zimride and scroll to the bottom to the section, “Let’s Ride Together.”

* New vanpools only; riders may not have been part of a registered vanpool for the past 12 months in order to qualify for the incentive.

T66 George Mason flyer

The Transform 66 Outside the Beltway project will transform Northern Virginia’s Interstate 66 into a multimodal corridor that moves more people, provides reliable trips, and offers new travel options. The project is a public-private partnership between the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), the Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT), and private partner, I-66 Express Mobility Partners, delivering $3.7 billion of transportation improvements in the I-66 corridor. The project is scheduled for completion in December 2022. The improvements to the corridor will include 22.5 miles of new Express Lanes alongside three regular lanes on I-66 from I-495 to University Boulevard in Gainesville, more reliable and faster trips on I-66 due to dynamically-tolled Express Lanes – free to vehicles with three or more people, new and improved bus service and transit routes, 11 new miles of bike and pedestrian trails, as well as new and expanded park and ride lots providing convenient access to the Express Lanes and more than 4,000 new park and ride spaces. While the construction is taking place, added traffic congestion will be a part of this region’s commuter reality.