SLUGGING & BEYOND: First Regional Slugging & Dynamic Ridesharing Meeting (Ever)

Monday, July 26, 2010 was a historic moment for the dynamic ridesharing movement in Washington, D.C. when Arlington County's Transportation Services hosted the first ever regional slugging and dynamic ridesharing coordination meeting at their Rosslyn offices.  The meeting was co-sponsored by The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG). 

Slugging has been around for decades but has largely existed in the shadows of local and regional planning.  This meeting proved that transportation planners are very interested in the congestion, parking, and pollution reducing benefits of real-time ridesharing.  The meeting drew more than thirty participants from throughout the area who included federal, state, regional, and local transportation planners, slugging promoters, and entrepreneurs.  They discussed the current climate for slugging and future opportunities to expand dynamic ridesharing to other corridors in the region. 

Presenters included:

David LeBlanc, author of Slugging: The Commuting Alternative for Washington, D.C. and webmaster of www.slug-lines.com.  David gave a short history of slugging in the region, explained his role in compiling information on the slug lines, and announced his recent efforts to bring a slug-line to Alexandria City. 

Two fascinating inventors/entreprenuers, James Cech and Mike Burkhardt, who have each developed better ways ...