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Fri, Feb 28, 2014

Resolve to EVOLVE Team Challenge helps commuters save money, reduce pollution

What happens when Valley commuters challenge themselves to use an alternative mode of travel to get to work? The air is spared more than 11 tons of pollutants! Several Valley commuters took part in Valley Metro’s first ever Resolve to EVOLVE Commuter Challenge, which asked participants to avoid driving and choose to carpool, vanpool, take the bus or light rail, walk, bicycle or telework instead.

“We all win when commuters reduce trips,” said Dawn M. Coomer, Valley Metro, Manager, Transportation Demand Management. “Trip reduction efforts can reduce traffic congestion and greenhouse gas emissions. Evolved commuters use drive-alone alternatives, save money, reduce commuting stress and can use their time in other, more fun, ways.”

Twenty-one teams competed in the Resolve to EVOLVE Commuter Challenge between January 12- 25. Participants entered at ShareTheRide.com to join a team and track their trips. Winning teams were selected based on the highest percentage of participation. Their efforts were also measured in miles and pounds of greenhouse gases saved. Results include:

• 3,277 drive-alone trips saved, accounting for 70,586 miles reduced
• 80,299 calories burned by bicycling or walking
• 2,715 gallons of fuel saved
• 22,591 pounds of greenhouse gases reduced

The contest was divided into small, medium and large team categories and was open to all Valley commuters. This year’s winning teams were:

Large Team (more than 16 team members) – GrapeApe
• 82% participation rate
• 703 trips logged
• 6,115 pounds of greenhouse gases reduced

Medium Team (11-15 members) – U-Haul B&P
• 100% participation rate
• 134 trips logged
• 771 pounds of greenhouse gases reduced

Small team (fewer than 11 members) – USPS WV Maint.
• 90% participation rate
• 132 trips logged
• 980 pounds of greenhouse gases reduced

About ShareTheRide:

ShareTheRide is an online ridematching and commute tracking program for those who live and/or work in Maricopa County. The tool connects commuters to a secure online matching program that displays carpooling, vanpooling, transit and bicycle options.

ShareTheRide 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 light rail. In Fiscal Year 2013, total ridership for the system was 73.4 million passengers, which set a new record for bus and light rail boardings. The first 20 miles of light rail opened December 2008. Seven light rail extensions are planned or are under construction that will create a 60-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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