TRP News: How you can rideshare

Sharing rides can be a great way to get somewhere conveniently while benefitting the environment, reducing traffic congestion, saving money and perhaps opening up opportunities for you and others.

About 80 percent of Pima County employee work commute trips are made by driving alone. Chances are, you have a vehicle and drive yourself to work daily. You probably don’t need to carpool. Would you consider trying it, not only to benefit yourself, but also to benefit others?traffic

It is possible that someone else who lives nearby or along your route could really use a ride to get to work. Would you be willing to give someone a lift if they work near where you do and have a similar schedule?

If you do carpool, you could share fuel and parking expenses, have a more enjoyable and safer commute with company, and you would be doing your part to help keep the air healthy to breathe. 

You don’t have to commit to five days a week, either. Reducing driving, even one day a week (whether by carpooling, taking transit, biking, walking, skipping trips, or other means) is one of the best things we can do for the planet. 

Resources are here for you. PAG’s Sun Rideshare database can find potential carpoolers and vanpoolers with whom you could buddy up.

Our Travel Reduction Program intranet site has tons of information and resources to help employees learn more about using alternate modes of transportation for work commutes. Even if you don’t need to share rides, someone else might benefit greatly if you’re willing to give it a try.

Healthy Air “Drive-Less Pledge” Continues

Take the pledge this quarter (January - March) and you could win $100 from PDEQ’s Clean Air Program. Pledge to use alternate modes (carpool, bus, bike, or walk) or skip trips in your motor vehicle for a chance at two $100 gift card prizes each quarter. Spread the word – this is open to all Pima County residents who are at least 18 years old.

PAG Sun Rideshare 

Two ways to win in February: 1. Car Free Day is Tuesday, February 13. Log at least one alternative mode trip on this day to quality for a $50 Walgreens gift card. 2. Refer a Friend and Win.

When your friends register with Sun Rideshare and give your name, you will qualify for a $25 Walgreen’s gift card. The more friends who register, the more changes you have to win. You can also keep entering your alt mode trips in Sun Rideshare to keep track of the miles you didn’t drive, the money you saved, and tons of air pollution you reduced by choosing alternate mode trips.

Free Emergency Ride Home

If you bike, take transit, carpool, vanpool, or walk for your work commutes at least twice a week, you might be eligible for a free taxi ride in case of an emergency and you’re stuck without your personal vehicle.

Click on PAG’s Guaranteed Ride Home Program for details.

Alternate Mode News and Info: Listserves and Facebook Group

Join the Commute Trips & Tips Facebook group or sign up to be on a listserve for occasional timely news about your alternate mode of choice. Contact: and mention which mode(s) you’re most interested in. 

Visit the TRP intranet site for information and resources for your work commutes.

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