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Commuter Programs

OmniRide has established partnerships with other regional transportation organizations. Our collective goal is to improve the regional quality of life through reduced pollution and congestion. As an added benefit, this makes OmniRide passengers eligible to participate in several special commuter programs.

Metrochek and SmartBenefits®

Metrochek is a tax free or pre-tax benefit, of up to $120 per month that companies and Federal agencies can provide to their employees. Metrochek vouchers can be redeemed and the value applied to SmarTrip cards. Some vanpool operators registered with Omni Match also accept them toward fares.

Metrocheks are no longer accepted at PRTC, but can be converted to SmarTrip value by using a Passes/Farecards machine at Metrorail stations.

SmartBenefits is the electronic version of the monthly transit benefit, which can be downloaded to SmarTrip cards and is also accepted for vanpool fares. The benefit can be downloaded and converted to SmarTrip card value using a Passes/Farecards machine at Metrorail stations.

The Metrochek and SmartBenefits programs are administered through the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Metro system). For more information visit the Metrochek page on their website at or call Metro at (202) 962-1326.

Guaranteed Ride Home

The Guaranteed Ride Home (GRH) program provides commuters who regularly take transit, vanpool carpool bike or walk to work with a reliable ride home when one of life's unexpected emergencies arise. Registered commuters will be able to use GRH for unexpected personal emergencies and unscheduled overtime up to four times per year. The ride home by cab, rental car bus or train is FREE.

This program is administered through Commuter Connections, a regional network of transportation organizations. For details or to register call (800) 745-7433 or visit

Regional Transfer Program

Transferring between OmniRide or Metro Direct buses and other regional bus systems is easy with a SmarTrip card.  The electronic farebox will calculate and automatically deduct the correct fare from your SmarTrip card.  Transfers must be made within 3 hours of boarding to receive credit; however, no transfer credit is given when transferring between OmniRide or Metro Direct buses and Metrorail.   More information on the Regional Transfer Program is available here...

Employer Services

Employer Services is a program that provides FREE consultations and assists to employers seeking to implement a company transportation program that offers alternatives to driving alone. Companies can realize "bottom line" benefits while improving employee morale and loyalty. This service is available to any employer within PRTC's service area. Call OmniRide's Employer Services Specialist at (703) 583-7782 for program details.

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