Every day in Northern Virginia thousands of commuters are jumping in strangers cars and headed in to DC. Our slug lines are famous around the country as a unique form of carpooling not often found in other major metropolitan cities.
The term "slugging a ride" actually started with the bus drivers who would find riders who had slipped in "slugs" or fake tokens into the token box instead of the real ones. The term stuck and became linked with grabbing a free ride in our area.
Slug lines have flourished and become one of the easiest and
certainly cheapest ways to get into town during the work week. The
protocol for slugging is well established, the routes defined and
though it is not officially sanctioned by any local jurisdiction
there are no laws against it. Most of the official slug lines are
along the I-95 corridor from as far south as Fredericksburg in
Stafford County. The best hours to be picked up in the morning vary
by location but generally coincide with the HOV lane restrictions
of 6-9 am and 3:30-6PM.
My map is a sample of slug line locations in our area. To see more of the official slug lines check out the Official Slug-Line Website. If you are relocating to Northern Virginia and want to know more about slugging or getting around the area give me a call. As a native of the area I have a few secrets I can share about how to get from here to there!
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