PHOENIX—Valley Metro Commute Solutions just launched a new and improved site to help commuters log the time savings and distance they travel using alternative modes, which include telework, carpool, public transit, vanpool, bicycling and walking. The site also features a trip planner that incorporates data from several sources to provide real-time information on traffic or major events that could impact a commute.
"The new ShareTheRide.com includes a number of new features to help users improve their daily commute.” said Abigail Cooksey-Williams, TDM Manager. “The redesigned multimodal program, combined with gamification features, encourages Maricopa County commuters to choose an alternative mode.”
The new platform includes a mobile app where users can log their trips. Commuters can access the site in both English and Spanish.
The platform also offers a suite of solutions to help employers promote transportation options to employees, including integration with third-party apps and personalized subsites with commuter engagement tools.
Valley Metro partnered with RideAmigos who created and developed the new software.
“Valley Metro’s ShareTheRide program is a leader in commuter engagement and support for employers working to promote sustainable transportation,” said Soren Eilertsen, CEO of Santa Monica-based RideAmigos. “In the past, running effective programs like ShareTheRide has involved complex administrative processes, and leveraging data to help commuters has been near impossible. Our team is proud to partner with this group of innovators to provide tools that work for everyone in Maricopa County.”
About Commute Solutions: Commute Solutions is sponsored by the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, Maricopa Association of Governments, Maricopa County Air Quality Department, and Valley Metro.
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 28 miles of light rail. In Fiscal Year 2019, total ridership for the system was 64 million passengers. Five high capacity transit extensions are in planning or under construction that will create a 50-mile system by 2030. 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 from 19 local cities, towns and the county 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, Instagram and Twitter or visiting www.valleymetro.org.
About RideAmigos: At RideAmigos, we are on a mission to change the way the world commutes by empowering everyone to make smarter transportation choices. Our mobile and web-based commuter engagement solution combines innovative technology with proven principles of behavioral science and acts as a hub for fragmented industry mobility offerings. Large employers, universities and government agencies use our powerful platform and programs to influence smarter commuter behavior that reduces congestion, parking demand, and environmental impact while creating healthier, happier communities. In 2019, we helped our clients take 4.5 million cars off the road and reduce our collective CO2 footprint by 34.3 million pounds.