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Phoenix, AZ (Feb. 14, 2012) Commuters who are looking for ways to reduce commute costs should consider adopting the Try 1 in 5 rule. Sharing a ride just one day out of five can help save up to $70 a month, as well as precious time and added stress. Rideshare Week, Feb. 26-March 3, is an annual county-wide event that encourages use of alternative commute options, such as public transit, carpools, vanpools or bicycling to help reduce emissions from vehicle use, decrease congestion and conserve energy.
“Rideshare Week serves as a reminder that we can each take action to improve air quality in the Valley,” said Dawn M. Coomer, Valley Metro Transportation Demand Manager. “If we can reduce our vehicle use just once per week, it will make a tremendous impact on our shared quality of life.”
According to regional air quality experts, 49 miles of vehicle travel creates one pound of pollution. With an average Valley daily commute of 32 miles, using alternative modes can reduce ground-level ozone and the additional churn of particulate matter or dust particles from vehicle use.
To kick-off Rideshare Week, Valley Metro will host a public event on Friday, February 24, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at CityScape’s Patriot Square in downtown Phoenix. The festivities include stations that feature rideshare options with information on light rail, telework, bicycle commuting, and instant carpool matching. Local partners including 7-Eleven, Costco, Phoenix Coyotes will be on site providing giveaways. Attendees will be invited to pledge to Try 1 in 5 during Rideshare Week. Prizes will also be given away for those who commit and sign a pledge form at the event and include a $200 Costco cash card, $150 Chipotle gift card, brunch for two at the Wrigley Mansion, a pair of tickets to the JW Desert Ridge Jazz Festival in April, suite packages for a Phoenix Coyotes game, an Arizona Cardinals autographed football and much more!
Employers in the Valley are also making a commitment to cleaner air by participating in an employer challenge that week. Winners of the challenge will receive recognition at the annual Clean Air Campaign Awards luncheon held in the fall and be eligible for other prizes.
Anyone in the Valley seeking a carpool partner, seat in a commuter vanpool, bike buddy or other travel option can go to www.ShareTheRide.com and join in the effort to Try 1 in 5. Funding for ShareTheRide.com is provided by Clean Air Campaign partners. Public transit schedules and fares, park-and-ride locations and trip planning tools are available at www.ValleyMetro.org. Customers can also call 602.262.RIDE for additional information on options to driving alone.
The Clean Air Campaign is sponsored by the Arizona Departments of Environmental Quality and Transportation, Maricopa Association of Governments, Maricopa County Air Quality Department, and Valley Metro RPTA.
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, commuter vanpools, online carpool matching, bus trip mapping, bicycle safety and telework assistance. Funding is provided by local and federal revenues. A board of 16 governments sets the policy direction for the agency and works to improve and regionalize the public transit system. 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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