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Two new vanpool routes are forming. One is from Waldorf to Fort Meade and the other is to Naval Support Activity Annapolis.

Contact George Clark at Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland at 240-216-5571 or gclark@tccsmd.org or Charlie Richardson at Vanpool Services at 703-725-9869 or charlie.richardson@vride.com.

In other commuter news, Commuter Connections’ Guaranteed Ride Home program has expanded to include the Baltimore metropolitan region and St. Mary’s County.

The expansion comes at the request of the Maryland Department of Transportation, which will provide additional funding to the program.

Guaranteed Ride Home is a service that provides people who regularly commute by carpool, vanpool, bike or transit with a free ride home in the event of an emergency.

According to Commuter Connections, one of the main reasons people do not take transit or join carpools is concern about getting home when family members get sick or other personal emergencies occur. Guaranteed Ride Home eliminates that barrier by offering commuters a free and reliable ride, up to four times a year, to get home early for these unexpected emergencies or to get home late because of unscheduled overtime.

“This expansion means that area residents who work in the Washington/Baltimore area and the tri-county region — as well as thousands of the new workers headed to Fort Meade because of the BRAC base realignment process will be eligible to enroll in our service,” said Clark in a news release. “Guaranteed Ride Home will be a great way to encourage these commuters to join carpools and do their part to clean the air and reduce traffic congestion in both the Washington and Baltimore regions as well as all three Southern Maryland counties.”

Go to www.commuterconnections.org.