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Trends in Managing Your Travel
New transportation technologies are continually coming online that can help you manage your daily transportation needs more efficiently and effectively.
 
Whether you carpool, ride the bus or bike to work, new mobile phone apps or other innovations are here to help. Sun Tran and the City of Tucson, for example, offer several mobile apps where you can track your bus or streetcar, purchase your transit fare or pay your parking meter.
 
Sun Rideshare recently updated its online interactive carpool matching system to help you quickly and more easily find a carpool partner. Sun Rideshare, a program of Pima Association of Governments, and PAG's Travel Reduction Program are travel demand strategies to help reduce congestion, improve air quality and reduce energy consumption in the region.
PAG and its members, including local governments, work to achieve these goals by providing multiple mode choices that are reliable, convenient and affordable.
 
Bikesharing, a concept used elsewhere around the world and other cities, will arrive in Tucson later this year and offer bike rentals. The bikes can be used in central Tucson to get to work, do some shopping or simply take a spin on the Loop. Various apps are available to help bike riders map their route, track their mileage and calories, or log their trips.
 
Another travel management option is teleworking, or working from home. Nationally, teleworking has grown 103 percent since 2005. In Tucson, 32.7 percent of major employers offer telework options to their employees at least one day a week compared to 17.5 percent in 2000.
 
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Welcome to Our New Rewards Partner: Walgreens 
Walgreens, one of the nation's largest drugstore chains, is a new Sun Rideshare partner to help encourage a healthy lifestyle through the use of alternative transportation. Alternative transportation includes carpooling, vanpooling, bicycling or walking to your destinations.

The Sun Rideshare program offers a travel assistance database to match people who wish to carpool or vanpool.

People who log in and register their alternative mode trips starting in February 2017 will be eligible to earn gift cards with a value of up to a $100, or more. Sun Rideshare's gift card rewards program will be sponsored by over the next two years.
 
Walgreens, which has 52 stores in the Tucson metropolitan area, provides pharmaceutical, health and wellness services and advice.

Register below to start a healthy journey with us and earn rewards.
 
REGISTER HERE   
Refer a Friend
Sun Rideshare is encouraging you to refer a friend to the Sun Rideshare program and become eligible to win a Walgreens gift card. Participants are entered into the drawing each time they encourage a friend to register with Sun Rideshare. The more friends you refer, the more chances you have to win.
 
Winners will receive a $25 Walgreens card. Names will be drawn in March, May, July, August, October and December. Participants for the Refer a Friend promotion are eligible to win more than once.  
 
TRP Employer Spotlight
Crystal Mendoza and Anthony Dubose
C3/Customer Contact Channels is one of Tucson's fastest growing companies with over 1,800 employees. C3, which has three Tucson locations at Drexel, Foothills Mall, and Speedway and Kolb, handles customer service, tech support and billing inquiries for several major healthcare companies and other large companies.
 
In the four years C3 has participated in the Travel Reduction Program, it has continued to improve its TRP employee survey participation and alternative mode usage, now at 40 percent. Carpooling is the most popular travel mode among employees. Most recently, the main C3 location earned the program's only Gold award of 2016 for achieving three TRP goals. The Foothills Mall location earned a Silver award for achieving two TRP goals.Crystal Mendoza, the Transportation Coordinator, worked directly with the department supervisors to help the company achieve a 60 percent response rate on the TRP employee survey.
 
Mendoza attributes the high use of alternative modes to all sites located near Sun Tran service and The Loop bike path, a compressed work week/flexible schedule options offered to employees and educational support she provide to employees who need transportation assistance.
 
A new employee, Anthony Dubose, starts his job later in the morning which allows him to ride the bus to work. He listens to music in a comfortable bus, so a transfer at Laos that adds a little time to his commute does not deter him from this option. While riding the bus, Dubose also has made new friends and met other C3 employees. He even has used his customer service skills to make riding the bus a more enjoyable experience for others by helping them find their bus connections at the Laos Transit Center.
 
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Sun Rideshare Rewards
Try an alternative mode and you may be eligible to win a Walgreens gift card*. February participants, who must accumulate 5 points, will be eligible for the following:

$100 Gift Cards (2)
$25 Gift Cards (6)  

If you participate in Car Free Day on Feb. 16, you also will be eligible to earn a $50 Walgreens gift card*.

One gift card per person per year.
 
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TRP Hall of Fame
2016 Awards 
For Gold, Silver and Bronze employer awards*, please click here.
 
*For achieving one, two or three program goals. 
 
 

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