In Washington, D.C., commuters have taken thousands of cars off highways via a homegrown rideshare system known as “slugging.” Can the government create more slugs — without stepping on any?
by Emily BadgerWorkers who have come down from the surrounding high-rise offices begin to line up on a sidewalk in downtown Arlington, Va., across the Potomac from the nation’s capital, about 3:30 in the afternoon. They stand in a perfect queue, iPods and newspapers in hand, and they look, by all indications, like they’re waiting for the bus.
Public transit never shows. But, eventually, a blue Chrysler Town & Country does. The woman behind the wheel rolls down her window and yells a kind of call-and-response.
“Horner Road?” repeats the first woman in line.
And two women get in the van, heading, presumably, for Horner Road. . . .
|Every day, an estimated 10,000 people in the Washington, D.C., area are participating in a rideshare program they've created called "slugging." (Monica Lopossay)|
Read the rest of this excellent, long article here.
The success of slugging raises some questions about the need for other, much more expensive forms of public transit.