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Wed, Jan 7, 2015

Valley Metro Commute Solutions Celebrates Year of Milestones

PHOENIX, AZ — In 2014, sharetheride.com, a ride matching system that allows commuters to quickly and securely find a commute partner in the Valley, reached 30,000 active users.

“It is an indicator of the increased desire to travel more efficiently by sharing the ride,” said Dawn M. Coomer, Commute Solutions Manager, Valley Metro. “It can be fun and make better use of valuable commute time. Participants can also log their commutes, earn points, enter contests and win prizes.”

Commuters are matched based on proximity, destination and travel route, as well as schedules and preferences.

ShareTheRide also matches commuters interested in vanpooling.  Valley Metro’s vanpool program is one of the largest in the country, saving riders about 200,000 gallons of fuel a month.  In 2014, the program had a total of 400 vans in operation with potential record growth in 2015.  Anyone can form a vanpool with 6-15 passengers who then share the cost for fuel, insurance and vehicle maintenance. 

Rideshare Month encourages many Valley drivers to share the ride for the first time.  In October, those who tracked their commute, using alternative modes, earned points for a chance to win prizes.  More than 52,000 commuters took the annual county-wide challenge, in 2014, saving 606,526 pounds of pollution. 

According to ShareTheRide, users logged nearly 12 million commute miles, last year, saving about $1.3 million in commute costs and more than 7.2 million pounds of greenhouse gas emissions.

About ShareTheRide:
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 2014, total ridership for the system was 72 million passengers. 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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