of the Latest Slugging News…
Partnership Benefits Slugs by Providing Easy Ride Home, “City Car”
for Use During the Day
of course, is the answer to many of our individual transportation
quandaries. But as a
transportation alternative, it leaves two important questions
unanswered: what if I need a car during the day, and how to I get home
if I work late?
August 1, Slug-Lines.com has partnered with Flexcar (www.Flexcar.com), the nation’s
premier car sharing program, to solve these problems for area slugs.
membership fee of $20 (a $5 discount for Slugs!), Flexcar members get
hourly access to a fleet of cars parked at or near Metro stations
throughout the region. Use
of the cars averages $7 an hour, and includes gas, insurance, and
parking. Take a Flexcar
home at night, or use it for mid-day errands—either way, it’s a
perfect complement to Slugging. For
the cost of a few cappuccinos at a coffee shop, you will have
lifetime access to a fleet of cars located throughout the metro area.
Even if you never use the cars, a $20 lifetime membership to
Flexcar is certainly an inexpensive insurance policy!
and every Slug should take advantage of this wonderful opportunity and
become a member of Flexcar.
In most cases, Slugs do not need a car while at
work. On the other hand,
access to a car can be essential if you want to:
go to an off-site work-related meeting
a sick child fom
school or daycare
to a doctor’s appointment
an unexpected errand
home from work after normal slugging hours
Flexcar can be your “city car”—you will
have the benefit of using a car while “in town,” but you can avoid
the inconvenience of getting it there in the first place (after all,
that’s why there is slugging!).
be a Stranded Slug!
is the perfect “guaranteed ride home” if you work too late to slug
home. Whenever I
worked late, I only had two choices: spend the night at the office, or
have the spouse wake up the kids, load them in the car, and come get me.
I've done both and neither is very pleasant. One of the most
Slug-friendly aspects of Flexcar’s pricing is that they charge NO
hourly charges from 11PM to 7AM. So,
if you were to take a Flexcar home at 9PM and return it at 8AM the next
morning (hopefully picking up two Slugs on the way in), you will only
pay for three hours of usage.
last year, Metro selected Flexcar as its official car sharing partner.
As a result, Flexcar has the right to park cars directly at Metro's Kiss
and Ride lots. But more excitingly, when Flexcar implements its in-car
technology in the coming months, Metro's SmarTrip card will be Flexcar's
"smart card" as well." With one "smart card,"
slugs will be able to move seamlessly from Metrorail to Metrobus (SmarTrip
reader installation expected December 2002) to Flexcar.
Slugs Join Flexcar
It's Easy! Just go to http://www.flexcar.com/washingtondc/specials_sluglines.asp
for more details. All you'll need is your basic drivers license and
credit/debit/check card information. Be sure to enter the Promo
Code “SLUG” in order to receive your $5
membership discount. Within
a few days, you'll receive your membership kit in the mail and you will
be ready to go.
Horner Road Survey Mixed! As of 4
Sep 02 the survey on the homepage of Slug-lines.com had mixed reviews.
Some 55% want to split the Horner Rd line and 45% do not. Comments on
the message board indicate strong support but ultimately, the slugs will
Horner Road Creates Second Line!
Effective 17 September 02, the Horner Road commuter lot (exit 158 of
I-95) will create a second slug-line to accommodate the growth of
slugging. The original single line has become so popular that it has
effected both safety and efficiency. To better serve the slugs, Horner
Road will create a second line in the "New Lot" recently
completed. Destinations for each line:
Old Line: Pentagon, Rosslyn, Crystal City
New Line: 14th Street, 18th Street, Navy Yard
For more information see:
Please help distribute the flyers and spread the word.
- When is the Best Time to Slug or pickup slugs? That's
a question we all have and hopefully this website can help! A short
survey has been created to collect information on slugging/driving
habits. It only takes a few minutes and here is the goal. Once enough
data is collected, slugs and drivers will be able to determine the
best times and locations to slug. Wouldn't it be great to know that if
you arrived at the slug line a few minutes earlier or later you might find a bunch
more drivers/slugs? See Slug Survey's.
- Lost and Found Items . Approximately 300 lost and found
items are posted on the website. This is a real time database
so your postings are available immediately! The most
recent are listed below but also see Lost