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October is Rideshare Month and Valley Metro is kicking off the festivities with the help of the Valley’s most unique – and furry – commuters! For the first time ever, the Arizona Diamondbacks’ D-Baxter and Phoenix Suns Gorilla will carpool to a Rideshare Month kick-off celebration on September 27, uniting both sports fans and clean air advocates.
Who: The public, Valley Metro, with special guests D-Baxter, Howler, Big Red and the Phoenix Suns Gorilla
What: Rideshare Month kick-off with prizes, music by the Sahnas Brothers, light refreshments and commute info booths
When: Friday, September 27, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - D-Baxter and the Phoenix Suns Gorilla arrive in carpool vehicle
Patriots Square at City Scape, 1 E. Jefferson in downtown Phoenix
Why: Attendees can learn about transit options and pledge to use an alternative mode of transportation for a chance to win prizes on event day and all month long.
Rideshare Month is an annual county-wide event that encourages the use of alternative commute options to help reduce emissions from vehicle use, decrease congestion and conserve energy. Commuters are encouraged to take transit, carpool, vanpool, work from home, bicycle or walk. Here are the ways local residents and employers can participate in Rideshare Month:
Commute Tracker contest: A perfect reason to try a new way to travel! Login or create an account at ShareTheRide.com. Log daily commute activities and receive points to be entered into a contest for the chance to win prizes.
Employer Challenge: The competition warms up as the Valley’s weather cools down! Local organizations compete against each other in a Valley wide challenge October 6-12 by getting their employees to leave their cars at home at least once during the week.
Rideshare Month and other programs are sponsored by the Arizona Departments of Environmental Quality and Transportation, Maricopa Association of Governments and Maricopa County Air Quality Department.
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 calendar year 2012, total ridership for the system was 72.5 million passengers—an increase of 3.8 percent over 2011. The first 20 miles of light rail opened December 2008. Six light rail extensions are planned or under construction that will create a 57-mile system by 2032. Valley Metro also offers transit options including 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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