Every October, commuters around the Valley share their rides to save time, improve air quality and win prizes. This year’s celebration of Rideshare Month focuses on an individual, rather than team challenges, so travelers can safely participate and still enjoy the benefits of using alternative modes.
Participants can earn points by creating a profile at ShareTheRide.com during the month of September. Then, beginning in October they can log their commutes taken with alternative modes, including teleworking.
There are a variety of ways to win. Weekly contests will be featured on the site and there will be special one-day contests revealed on social media. Commuters who log 15 roundtrip commutes in the system during October will be entered for a chance to win the grand prize: an indoor skydiving experience.
Valley Metro’s Commute Solutions is also encouraging the formation of new vanpool groups. The minimum rider requirement has been waived to allow for social distancing while commuting.
Studies show that sharing the ride reduces stress, helps save time and money, and improves overall air quality and traffic congestion. Last year, Rideshare Month participants collectively saved more than 3,500 gallons of fuel and 43,000 pounds of greenhouse gases.
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 exists to connect communities and enhance lives each day by providing eco-friendly public transit options in metro Phoenix. In Fiscal Year 2020, total ridership for the regional bus and 28-mile light rail system was 53 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 alternative transportation programs including paratransit services for seniors and people with disabilities, commuter vanpools, online carpool matching, bus trip mapping, bicycle safety and telework assistance. Two Boards of Directors from 18 local cities and towns and the county set the policy direction for the agency with the intent of advancing the regional public transit system in Maricopa County. Stay up-to-date by following us on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Twitter or by visiting www.valleymetro.org.