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Wed, Sep 15, 2010

Rideshare Habits Reported

Phoenix (Sept. 15, 2010)  — Valley Metro Regional Public Transportation Authority announced today that local commuters saved 21,442 gallons of fuel and roughly $78,027 in August by sharing the ride. So far this year, at least 3.8 million pounds of greenhouse gases and 477 pounds of particulate matter have been kept out of the air by those using bus, light rail, carpools, vanpools, bikes or telecommuting instead of driving to work alone.

The data comes from Valley Metro’s free, online ride-matching system – ShareTheRide.ValleyMetro.org – where more than 11,000 users log how they commute to work each day, the distance traveled, and type of transportation used compared to the type of vehicle they normally drive. ShareTheRide calculates the personal financial and environmental impact of not driving alone. It also maps bus and light rail routes serving a particular commute after users enter their personal destinations and travel times in the system.

“At a time when many of us look for ways to cut household costs, sharing the ride continues to be a money saver,” said David Boggs, executive director of Valley Metro RPTA. “Pairing up in a carpool, vanpool, or on bus and light rail can help save money and reduce how much harmful pollution we generate on the way to work.”

Valley Metro continues to challenge commuters to “try 1 in 5” – find an alternative, at least one day per work week, to driving alone. Commuters can save $70 per month by not driving alone in their cars, according to the AAA report “Your Driving Costs.” Carpooling and vanpooling, using public transportation, telecommuting, biking or walking to work can save as much as $840 in annual car-related costs. Some drivers report saving $156 a month due to the length of their commute, according to Valley Metro’s ShareTheRide database.

Valley residents can log in and calculate their commute savings at ShareTheRide.ValleyMetro.org.

August stats from ShareTheRide*:
• 11,466 total users and 661 new users
• 422,310 pounds of greenhouse gases saved
• 52.3 pounds of particulate matter saved
• 21,442 gallons of gas saved
• 790,077 miles of travel logged
• 21,555 calendar entries recording how users chose to commute to work
          (bus, light rail, carpool, vanpool, walk, telework or drove alone)
• 128 companies using the system to track Trip Reduction Program efforts

*For Aug. 1, 2010 – Sept. 1, 2010


Valley Metro/RPTA provides eco-friendly public transit options to residents of greater Phoenix and Maricopa County, including a clean-fuel bus fleet, low-emissions light rail,  a bio-diesel Dial-a-Ride fleet, online carpool matching and bus trip mapping, and bicycle and telework assistance. Funding is provided by local, state and federal revenues; and administered by a board of 16 governments working to improve and regionalize the public transit system. Follow Valley Metro RPTA on Twitter and Facebook. All service and projects funded by the Proposition 400 Regional Transportation Plan funds, approved by Maricopa County voters in November 2004.

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