Share-A-Ride Program Offers Easy, New Way to Carpool
(Philadelphia, PA) - Just in time for “Dump the Pump” Day on June 21, commuters who work in southeastern Pennsylvania can find an easier way to get to work. The new Share-A-Ride service connects commuters who travel similar routes.
Share-A-Ride is a free, computerized service that matches commuters with transit options, potential carpool and vanpool groups, and even walking and bicycling routes. The program is administered by the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC), and is part of the Mobility Alternatives Program (MAP), which also helps employers find better transportation options for employees. Local partners in the program, like Transportation Management Associations (TMAs), can connect both employers and employees to a vanpool service for larger commute groups.
The new Share-A-Ride webpage uses a mapping function to match commuters to better options, and even includes information on transit services and times, if relevant. Individuals can also track their commutes in the Commute Journal to calculate their vehicle travel, pollution, and money savings. For example, the Journal function estimates that a commuter who rides transit on a 30-mile round-trip commute, instead of driving alone - for just one day - saves about $13.75 and reduces air pollution by about 20 pounds.
In southeastern Pennsylvania, 70% of commuters drive alone to work, and only 7.7% carpool (U.S. Census Bureau, 2014).
“Mobile sources like cars, trucks, and buses are a major cause of air pollution in our region. In southeastern Pennsylvania, they account for almost 50% of NOX which is a major component of smog,” said Barry Seymour, DVRPC Executive Director. “Carpooling, vanpooling, or taking transit reduces air pollution, and also helps commuters save money and reduce the stress of going to and from work.” Employers can benefit, too: studies show that when employees don’t have to drive alone to work every day, they are on time more often, take fewer sick days, and are overall more productive.
Sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), the 2018 National Dump the Pump Day (June 21, 2018) is a day that encourages people to ride public transportation or carpool instead of driving alone. Share-A-Ride is one way that commuters can find a way to “Dump the Pump” on June 21.
DVRPC is the federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization for a diverse nine-county region in two states: Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia in Pennsylvania; and Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, and Mercer in New Jersey.
DVRPC's vision for the Greater Philadelphia Region is a prosperous, innovative, equitable, resilient, and sustainable region that increases mobility choices by investing in a safe and modern transportation system; that protects and preserves our natural resources while creating healthy communities; and that fosters greater opportunities for all.
DVRPC's mission is to achieve this vision by convening the widest array of partners to inform and facilitate data-driven decision-making. We are engaged across the region, and strive to be leaders and innovators, exploring new ideas and creating best practices.