Governor Bob McDonnell announced today that the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) has launched an updated Park and Ride Lot website. The new website features a user-friendly interactive map interface with lot locations, options, and accommodations.
Speaking about the announcement, Governor McDonnell said, "This new interactive online resource is another example of our commitment to creative solutions that make government work better for Virginians."
"With approximately 300 Park and Ride lots located throughout the Commonwealth, this website serves as a valuable tool for motorists to use as part of their commute or other travel planning," said VDOT Commissioner Greg Whirley. "The ease of use in finding Park and Ride Lots that fit specific motorists' needs will assist with congestion relief throughout the state."
The Statewide Park and Ride Lot Inventory and Usage Study that was completed in early 2013 uncovered the need for an updated mapping tool. In addition to creating an improved website, the study included an analysis of user trends and developed a list of procedures and best practices, as well as lot recommendations using feedback from across the state.
"The launch of the new website and mapping tool is very timely," said Transportation Demand Management Program Manager Liz McAdory. "The site offers an interactive map that will provide commuters with easy access to a multitude of information about the Park and Ride Lots. Users are now able to get the information they need to plan their trip quickly and in one place."
The website uses a Google Map interface to assist travelers with locating a Park and Ride Lot, determine the availability of transportation options at each lot, and obtain information on specific amenities and accommodations, such as bike racks or lockers, bus shelters and lighting. The tool also provides photos of each lot for users to get a better glimpse of the location.
Not only does the website easily and accurately provide updated information for lot users, it also hosts a multitude of information for commuters who may be interested in using alternate transportation modes, such as biking or transit.
"More and more people are using public transportation, carpools and vanpools as a way to travel," said Thelma Drake, Director of the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT). "Park and Ride lots help commuters by serving as meeting places for carpools, vanpools and bus services. Working with VDOT on launching a more user-friendly Park and Ride website helps travelers find transportation options and fits DPRT's mission of expanding transportation choices in the commonwealth."
To access VDOT's new Park and Ride Lot website, visit www.virginiadot.org/parkandride.