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Mon, Sep 19, 2016

October is Rideshare Month

PHOENIX, AZ – Fall is here and there’s no better time to fall into the newest travel trend. The Valley is seeing an increase in commuters who are experiencing the benefits of sharing the ride. According to a recent survey of Maricopa County residents, 21 percent of Valley commuters carpool, which is a five percent increase from last year.

Sharing the ride to work saves money and reduces stress and traffic congestion, while improving the environment.

“The cost savings has been tremendous,” said Helen Boswell who commutes from Buckeye to Phoenix. “But the biggest benefit to me is the opportunity to relax and meditate to and from work on the days I’m not a driver. I arrive at work or at home refreshed and not weary or stressed.”

October is Rideshare Month and Valley Metro is encouraging commuters to carpool, vanpool or take public transit to work instead of driving alone. Valley residents, who pledge to share the ride before October 1, will be entered for a chance to win prizes. Form a vanpool group during Rideshare Month and get a month free or receive $75 as part of the refer-a-friend program. Learn more about alternative modes of transportation and take the online pledge at ShareTheRide.com.

About ShareTheRide.com: ShareTheRide.com and other Valley Metro Commute Solutions programs are sponsored by the Maricopa Association of Governments, Maricopa Air Quality Department and the Arizona Departments of Environmental Quality and Transportation.

About Valley Metro: Valley Metro provides eco-friendly public transit options to residents of greater Phoenix and Maricopa County including the planning and operations of a regional bus system and the development and operations of 26 miles of light rail. In Fiscal Year 2016, total ridership for the system was 67 million passengers. Seven high capacity extensions are planned or are under construction that will create a 66-mile system by 2034. Valley Metro also offers transit options including alternative transportation programs for seniors and people with disabilities, commuter vanpools, online carpool matching, bus trip mapping, bicycle safety and telework assistance. Two Boards of Directors set the policy direction for the agency with the intent of advancing the regional public transit system. Get the latest news by following us on Facebook and Twitter or visiting valleymetro.org.
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