Sharing the ride is sweet

Valley Metro encourages commuters to celebrate Rideshare Month in October by using an alternative mode of transportation to get to work. Last year, Rideshare Month participants collectively saved more than $20,000 and over 40 tons of pollutants..

“I spent far too many years being stressed by a long commute to the office until I began participating last fall,” says David Menter, who vanpools with his fellow American Express employees. “My only regret is not doing this earlier – I can relax on the ride in, and the savings of money and the environment are incredible. What a truly awesome program.”

Before the official kickoff of Rideshare Month, commuters can make a pledge by September 30 to share the ride in October and be entered in a drawing for a one-night stay at the Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort.

Individuals can also participate in the October Commuter Challenge by creating or joining a group of five or more commuters. At the end of the month, teams who have the largest percentage participation and highest number of qualifying trips will win a prize.

Studies show that sharing the ride reduces stress, helps save time and money, and improves overall air quality and traffic congestion. Commuters can visit ShareTheRide.com to route their transit trip or get matched up for sharing the ride, bike or walk. Currently, there are 50,000 registered users interested in seeking their perfect commute match!

About ShareTheRide.com: ShareTheRide.com and other Valley Metro Commute Solutions programs are sponsored by the Maricopa Association of Governments, Maricopa Air Quality Department and the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality.

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 valleymetro.org.