There are many ways to get to work, and as Rideshare Month comes to a close, Valley Metro celebrates commuters who travel with the environment in mind. The 32nd Annual Clean Air Campaign Awards recognizes Valley commuters who are committed to promoting and using alternative modes of transportation, from bicycling and carpooling to traveling on light rail and bus.
Outstanding Carpooler or Vanpooler: Mohsen Askarinya
Askarinya has used alternative modes to get to work for 30 years and has been a vanpooler since 1999. His vanpool has traveled 240,000 miles since then and has prevented 8,000 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions from being emitted each year.
Outstanding Multi-Modal Commuter: Tony Plata
Plata bikes and rides from Glendale to Scottsdale, traversing across three cities to get to work during his forty mile roundtrip commute. He enjoys the health benefits and savings he gets from using alternative modes.
Outstanding Bicyclists: Scott Peters and Davis Robinson
Peters bikes to work three days a week and travels nearly 60 miles roundtrip. Last year, he biked 7,000 miles. Robinson bikes ten miles roundtrip every day, rain or shine. He says the health benefits are a major factor in his choice to commute by bike.
More than 1,200 employers representing 3,000 sites and 780,000 commuters participate in trip reduction efforts for Maricopa County, part of a mandatory program for employers with more than 50 or more employees reporting to a work site.
Valley Metro promotes various alternative travel modes including carpool, vanpool, bus, light rail, telework, bicycling and walking through its ride matching and tracking database ShareTheRide.com. Over the last year, the site’s 45,000 registered commuters prevented 102,860 pounds of carbon monoxide emissions and saved over $2 million by using alternative modes. To find a carpool, vanpool or to learn more about other alternative travel modes, visit ShareTheRide.com
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.