Glossary of Key Words and Phrases

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Congestion Management Plan (CMP) - Programs or plans put in place to mitigate highway congestion, often associated with large-scale highway construction projects. These programs typically utilize highly-targeted and well-promoted transportation demand management (TDM).

DRPT - (Virginia) Department of Rail and Public Transportation

GRH - Guaranteed Ride Home or Guaranteed Ride - This program provides commuters who regularly take an alternate form of transportation to / from work - such as vanpool, carpool, bike, walk, or transit - with a reliable ride home when an unexpected emergency occurs (such as a sick child or the need to work overtime).

Highway safety corridor - A highway safety corridor is a section of a highway in Virginia that is designated for increased enforcement and fines to improve overall highway safety.

HOV - High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes are located on the busiest routes or corridors in Virginia. During HOV restricted periods, HOV-2 lanes require a minimum of two people per passenger vehicle and HOV-3 have a minimum of three people per passenger vehicle.

HOV calculator - An online service provided by VDOT that allows commuters in Northern Virginia to instantly calculate how many minutes they can save on their morning commute by using a park-and-ride lot to access the carpool (HOV) lanes.

HRT TRAFFIX - TRAFFIX is a cooperative public service designed to promote transportation alternatives. Its objective is to decrease traffic congestion in Southeastern Virginia by reducing the number of Single Occupancy Vehicles (SOVs) commuting to work sites. TRAFFIX works with both employers and employees. It reports to an advisory board comprised of representatives from each of the transportation planning groups in Southeastern Virginia: Hampton Roads Planning District Commission (HRPDC), Hampton Roads Transit (HRT), the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (VDRPT or DRPT).

Metro - The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority operates the second largest rail transit system and the fifth largest bus network in the United States. Metrorail and Metrobus serve the District of Columbia, the suburban Maryland counties of Montgomery and Prince George's and the Northern Virginia counties of Arlington, Fairfax and Loudoun and the cities of Alexandria, Fairfax and Falls Church.

Mobile Commuter Store - These mobile stores are refurbished commuter buses that bring information about the myriad of mass transportation choices available in the metropolitan D.C. area to commuters in individual neighborhoods. By using the mobile commuter store, commuters can obtain information about transportation alternatives without having to travel to a store in a permanent location. The Mobile Commuter Store is a program of the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation.

OmniRide - This commuter bus service is provided by PRTC (the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission). It is convenient bus service from locations throughout Prince William County along the I-95 corridor and Manassas and Gainesville areas along the I-66 corridor to destinations that include the Vienna, West Falls Church and Franconia/Springfield Metrorail Stations, the Pentagon, Crystal City, Downtown Washington, D.C., Capitol Hill, and the Washington Navy Yard.

ONAS - Oceana Naval Air Station, Virginia Beach, VA

PRTC - The Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission is a multi-jurisdictional agency representing Prince William and Stafford Counties and the cities of Manassas, Manassas Park and Fredericksburg. PRTC provides commuter bus service along the I-95 and I-66 corridors to points north (OmniRide), and local bus services in Prince William County and the cities of Manassas and Manassas Park (OmniLink). PRTC also offers OmniMatch, a free ridesharing service.

RADCO - The Rappahannock Area Development Commission is the planning district commission (PDC) for the Fredericksburg area.

Slugging (or "slug") - Slugging refers to a form of commuting found in the Washington, DC, area. It is sometimes referred to as "instant carpooling," "casual carpooling" or "informal carpooling." People commuting into the city stop to pickup other passengers from designated "slug lines," even though they are strangers. By carpooling, these commuters are able to use the HOV lanes and decrease the time of their commute.

Telework - A work arrangement where managers / supervisors direct or permit employees to perform their usual job duties away from their central workplace, in accordance with their same performance expectations and other agency-approved or agreed-upon terms.

Telework!VA - This program is a public / private partnership serving Northern Virginia businesses. The program goal is to provide more opportunity for participation in teleworking. It is a pilot program administered by the Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation through the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG). The program is limited to reimbursement of lease costs and consultant / technical assistance expenses. It reimburses a variable percentage of the lease expense for equipment, telework center space and technical assistance for setting up programs and installing equipment, and it provides training for teleworkers and supervisors.

TRAFFIX - HRT TRAFFIX is a cooperative public service designed to promote transportation alternatives. Its objective is to decrease traffic congestion in Southeastern Virginia by reducing the number of Single Occupancy Vehicles (SOVs) commuting to work sites. TRAFFIX works with both employers and employees. It reports to an advisory board comprised of representatives from each of the transportation planning groups in Southeastern Virginia: Hampton Roads Planning District Commission (HRPDC), Hampton Roads Transit (HRT), the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (VDRPT).

Transponder - This device is the quickest and most convenient way to pay a toll on roads requiring a toll for usage. The transponder is an electronic device that is mounted on the inside of a vehicle windshield. Participating facilities are able to "read" the transponder and can then automatically deduct the toll from the driver's prepaid account. Sometimes this system is referred to as "Smart Tag" or "E-Z Pass."

VDOT - Virginia Department of Transportation

VPSI - This organization is a private, for-profit company providing professionally managed transportation services to public and private customers. Its primary business is providing and operating commuter vanpools.

VRE - The Virginia Railway Express is a transportation partnership of the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission (NVTC) and the Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission (PRTC). VRE provides commuter rail service from the Northern Virginia suburbs to Alexandria, Crystal City and downtown Washington, DC.

Vtrans2025 - Vtrans2025 is the long-range transportation plan for Virginia. It is Virginia's planning effort to create a more integrated, convenient and efficient transportation system that incorporates all modes including highway, transit, rail, air, pedestrian, port and bicycle facilities.

WMATA - The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority - Metro - The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority operates the second largest rail transit system and the fifth largest bus network in the United States. Metrorail and Metrobus serve the District of Columbia, the suburban Maryland counties of Montgomery and Prince George's and the Northern Virginia counties of Arlington, Fairfax and Loudoun and the cities of Alexandria, Fairfax and Falls Church.

 

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