Rideshare & Transportation Management Planning

Rideshare is a program of the Central Shenandoah Planning District Commission and the Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission that connects commuters and employers to resources to reduce single-occupant vehicles on the road by facilitating the use of alternative transportation.  Alternative modes of transportation include carpooling, vanpooling, walking, biking, and using public transit. The Rideshare serves the cities of Buena Vista, Charlottesville, Harrisonburg, Lexington, Staunton and Waynesboro; and the counties of Albemarle, Augusta, Bath, Fluvanna, Greene, Highland, Louisa, Nelson, Rockbridge and Rockingham.


The Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) offers free trip planning resources through their ConnectingVA program. This program includes a website and mobile app. that can be used to search for all transportation options available when planning a trip. ConnectingVA provides information such as:

  • Point to point mapping to plan a single trip, a trip to an event, or a daily commute
  • All transit options available with turn by turn walking directions to and from bus stops, route information and bus schedules
  • Carpool and vanpool options available
  • Turn by turn walking and biking directions
  • Human service provider information/non-profit transportation providing agencies
  • Rewards and discounts for completing/logging alternative commute trips

Rideshare is a part of the ConnectingVA network of programs. For information on how to use the ConnectingVA tools and to learn more about the trip planning resources available, contact the CSPDC Rideshare Program Coordinator (paula@cspdc.org), or visit https://connectingva.drpt.virginia.gov/.

Long-Range Transportation Demand Management Plan

The Central Shenandoah Planning District Commission (CSPDC) adopted the Long-Range Transportation Demand Management (TDM) Plan at its October 16, 2017 meeting. The TDM Plan includes an overview of the region's transportation demand management program and existing services and staffing. Development of an updated mission, goals, and objectives will provide additional guidance and direction to the program. Additionally, the plan includes the TDM program organization and operations review; service changes and expansion; financial plan; and TDM program monitoring and evaluation. CSPDC provided input, assistance, and review during the development of the plan to Michael Baker International, the lead consultant.

The development of the strategic plan balances initiatives that are attainable and inspirational. A total of 23 strategic initiatives were developed, including augmentation of existing efforts and entirely new projects. All initiatives were stratified into five categories - marketing and community outreach; carpool/vanpool/ride matching; employer services; alternative travel mode promotion; and TDM and regional planning and coordination.

CSPDC's TDM program began in 2009 with the receipt of a Rideshare Transportation Demand Management grant for the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT). TDM programs throughout Virginia promote ridesharing and other transportation alternatives to single-occupancy vehicles. This helps assist individuals seeking transportation options to their workplaces and other destinations, mitigate congestion on Virginia's roadways, and reduce environmental impacts caused by vehicle emissions, roadway expansion, and other transportation-related factors.

Services We Provide

  • Carpool matching
  • Vanpool coordination
  • Commuter outreach
  • Employer Services to create an expanded labor pool, reduce parking needs, and raise employee morale
  • Guaranteed Ride Home Program
  • Transportation Demand Management Planning
  • Park and Ride Lot Quarterly Inventories

View our brochure to learn more:

Rideshare Commuter Services (English)

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Map of Park and Ride Lots

Click on the map below to see information on the region's Park and Ride lots.