Slugging to work? There's an app for that.
The "slugs" (pictured above) are part of the informal Washington, D.C.-area commuting phenomenon in
which drivers heading into the city pick up riders ("slugs") along Interstate 95 so they can take the
faster, 3-person, high-occupancy lanes. Here's a website, Slug-Lines.com, with more information.
The Washington Examiner reports today that
"Slug lines are moving into the virtual age
"Technology is helping companies and the
government drag carpools -- and Washington's commuting slug lines --
into the 21st century. A new concept -- called real-time ridesharing
-- allows riders to use a smartphone app to find all the drivers already
heading their way and ask for a ride in exchange for gas money. And
instead of handing over cash, riders can pay drivers online through one
of the new websites targeting the commuter market.
due to launch in the D.C. area this year, will use the new carpool
techniques in combination with a website that lets riders and drivers
view the other's online profile to help them choose people with whom
they can share the commute."