Slug Lines

Before you think I’ve lost my mind, this site is not what you think it is. There is absolutely nothing to do with gardening or pest control mentioned on this page (but if it did, what a Warped site that would be!). Now that I have your attention, read on to find out what the slug in Slug Lines means.

The site Slug Lines refers to a term used to describe a unique form of commuting found in the Washington, DC area. It has thousands of vehicles at its disposal, moves thousands of commuters daily, and the best part, it’s FREE! Not only is it free, but it gets people to and from work faster than the typical bus, metro, or train. It’s unique because it is not a government-sponsored commuter program, but one created out of ingenuity from local citizens to solve commuter problems.

How it works is quite simple. A car needing additional passengers to meet the required three-person-high occupancy vehicle (HOV) minimum pulls up to one of the known slug lines. The driver usually positions the car so that the slugs are on the passenger side. The driver either displays a sign with the destination or simply lowers the passenger window, to call out the destination, such as “Pentagon,” or “14th & New York.” The slugs first in line for that particular destination then hop into the car, normally confirming the destination, and off they go. There is an excellent description of slugging etiquette as well as a history of this unusually-named cultural custom.

Who says nothing new happens in Washington D.C.? Here they are solving their traffic congestion problems, and it doesn’t cost anything. That alone makes this a unique program. Hopefully it will catch on in other cities across the nation. For that fact alone, the Warp-o-Meter gives this site a 9.5.

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