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Commuter Programs

OmniRide has established partnerships with other regional transportation organizations. Our collective goal is to improve the regional quality of life through reduced pollution and congestion. As an added benefit, this makes OmniRide passengers eligible to participate in several special commuter programs.


SmartBenefits® is a tax free or pre-tax benefit, of up to $245 per month that companies and Federal agencies can provide to their employees. Using a convenient web-based program, employers assign the dollar value of an employee's monthly SmartBenefit directly to the employee's SmarTrip card. The benefit is also accepted in participating vanpools. The SmartBenefits program is administered through the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Metro system). For more information visit the SmartBenefits page on their website at or call Metro at (202) 962-1326.

Guaranteed Ride Home

The Guaranteed Ride Home (GRH) program provides commuters who regularly take transit, vanpool carpool bike or walk to work with a reliable ride home when one of life's unexpected emergencies arise. Registered commuters will be able to use GRH for unexpected personal emergencies and unscheduled overtime up to four times per year. The ride home by cab, rental car bus or train is FREE.

This program is administered through Commuter Connections, a regional network of transportation organizations. For details or to register call (800) 745-7433 or visit

Regional Transfer Program

Transferring from an OmniRide bus to other regional buses is easy - and it's FREE! You can transfer - for FREE - between OmniRide and Metro buses. Ride an OmniRide bus then transfer for FREE to any regional bus, such as Metrobus or Fairfax Connector, to get you closer to your destination. If paying cash, just ask the bus operator for a transfer when you board the bus. If using a SmarTrip card, the electronic farebox will calculate and automatically deduct the correct fare from your card.

More information on the Regional Transfer Program is available here...

Employer Services

Employer Services is a program that provides FREE consultations and assists to employers seeking to implement a company transportation program that offers alternatives to driving alone. Companies can realize "bottom line" benefits while improving employee morale and loyalty. This service is available to any employer within PRTC's service area. Call OmniRide's Employer Services Specialist at (703) 583-7782 for program details.

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