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- Commuter Spotlight
- Commute Cost Calculator
- Guaranteed Ride Home Program
Sun Rideshare provides commuter services through a free, online matching database for people interested in sharing the ride. Sharing the ride through carpooling or vanpooling offers you a chance to save time and money, while reducing stress, traffic congestion and pollution. Using an alternative mode of transportation one or two days each week does make a difference in reducing your fuel costs, vehicle emissions and possible wear and tear on your vehicle. Commuters sharing the ride may be eligible for the Guaranteed Ride Home program, which provides free taxi rides home from work when there is a family emergency or unscheduled overtime.
Find a ride-share partner by registering on the Sun Rideshare Travel Database:
For more information about Sun Rideshare programs or to request a personalized carpool matchlist, please call (520) 884-RIDE (7433).
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- What is carpooling?
Carpooling is when two or more adult commuters ride together in a private automobile on a continuing basis, regardless of their relationship to each other or the cost of sharing agreements. Sun Rideshare manages a FREE carpool-matching database to help connect people who may work near each other, live in the same neighborhood, and work similar hours.
- I need my car for errands during the day. Can I still carpool?
Discuss schedule changes with other carpoolers in your group. You may be able to set your pick-up point close to a shopping center or bank to accommodate errands after work. Or, you may choose not to carpool on the days you must run an errand.
- Can I meet a carpool somewhere other than my home?
Yes. There are 25 Park-and-Ride lots that are designated for commuters to meet their carpools and vanpools. You also can meet at another location that is convenient for the participants, such as a church lot or daycare center.
- What are the advantages of carpooling?
There are many advantages of carpooling including: less stress commuting to and from work, financial savings due to sharing commuting costs, reduced need for parking,increased free time for riders, reduced pollution due to auto emissions, reduced traffic congestion and reduced energy consumption
- How do I find a carpool partner?
Whether you want to add another person to your carpool or you want to find partners to form a new carpool, Sun Rideshare can help you. Carpool partners are located through a computerized database that matches commuters with similar commutes. The database contains thousands of potential carpool partners in Pima County. Submit yourCarpool Matchlist Application online or call Sun Rideshare at (520) 884-7433 to complete a Sun Rideshare application over the phone.
- What if there's an emergency or I have to work late and don't have my car?
Sun Rideshare will provide carpool registrants with four free taxi rides home per year if you have an emergency or have to work unscheduled overtime—see Sun Rideshare's Guaranteed Ride Home program for more information.
- Do I need a car to carpool?
One person may drive all the time, while the passengers contribute only to the cost (e.g., gas and parking), participants may alternate driving and not exchange money, the carpool driver may pick up passengers at their homes or they may meet at a central location.
- If I fill out a Sun Rideshare application do I have to carpool?
You are not obligated to carpool if you fill out an application and receive a matchlist. You may choose to file it away for emergency purposes, but remember you may be contacted by other commuters who have received your name as a possible match.
- Doesn't carpooling make the commute longer?
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- Welcome to vanpooling
- Frequently asked questions
- How do I calculate true commuter costs?
- Environmental impact
- 2015-2016 monthly lease schedule
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Bike and Walk
Park and Ride Lots
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Pima Association of Governments' Rideshare Program offers an abundance of information and support for employees or employers who are interested in exploring telework opportunities. Telework, often referred to as telecommuting, occurs when paid workers reduce their commute by carrying out all, or part of, their work away from their normal places of business, usually from home. For more information call Sun Rideshare at 884-RIDE (7433).
- Helps achieve Travel Reduction Ordinance goals
- Increases productivity
- Decreases absenteeism
- Improves employee morale
- Decreases overhead
- Provides a great retention & recruitment tool
- Decreases stress
- Decreases or eliminates commute time & expenses
- Increases job satisfaction
- Decreases work-related expenses
- Provides balance between work & family life
- Decreases air pollutants
- Reduces traffic congestion
- Reduces the need for new roads
- Reduces the number of latchkey kids
- Provides safer neighborhoods
- Increases regulatory compliance
- Decreases motor vehicle accidents
- Reduces dependency on imported oil
Additional Telework Links
Telework Case Studies in Tucson
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Commuter Spotlight: Shellesa Harden, CoWorkx Staffing Services
Shellese Harden, an advocate at CoWorx Staffing Services, regularly takes alternative modes to work. She rides the bus three times a week and walks the other two days.
“[Riding the bus and walking] gives me time to focus on myself and get ready for my work day,” Harden said. She also likes to take the bus and walk because it has madeher more active and helped her lose weight.
This kind of transportation has a slew of benefits. Walking, biking and generally taking more active transportation (including walking to and from bus stops) increase physical activity, which can improve fitness, help with weight loss and reduce the risk of chronic disease. Active transportation also can help reduce stress. “[Walking and riding the bus] really helps me to clear my mind,” she said.
Harden’s active transportation lifestyle has made her healthier and more prepared for work, and it also has other added benefits. Walking and taking the bus helps her save money, as she is not spending as much on gas for her car. She’s also saving on maintenance and depreciation costs – according to AAA, it costs $8,876 per year on average to drive alone.
With her regular schedule, the only challenge Harden comes across is when the buses are running late. Other coworkers have had difficulty parking in the crowded lot, so she enjoys not having to worry about finding a space in the morning.
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Commute Cost Calculator
|How much does it cost to drive alone?
The calculations shown below will give you an idea of how much money it costs to drive alone to work. Using your round trip commute distance, you can determine your operating costs*. Depending on the number of people in a carpool, the cost will be significantly reduced. Not only will you save money on gas, you will put fewer miles on your car, limit wear and tear and possibly receive a break on your insurance costs.
*Costs include gas, maintenance, tires and insurance.
Source: AAA 2016 Edition "Your Driving Costs"
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Guaranteed Ride Home Program (Español)
One of the main obstacles to using an alternative mode of transportation for commuting is the fear of being stranded at work without transportation. What happens when your child is sick at school and you carpooled that day? Or your boss asks you to stay late to finish a project and the last bus leaves at 7 p.m. Pima Association of Governments and Sun Tran provide a Guaranteed Ride Home for just these types of situations. GRH is free taxi service for registered commuters when there is an emergency or unexpected overtime.
To qualify for GRH, you must use an alternative mode of transportation, such as carpooling, vanpooling, biking, riding the bus, and walking at least twice a week. All participants must live and work in Pima County. You can register your commute with PAG by:
Once you are registered, a taxi voucher will be available as needed in the Sun Rideshare Travel Database. Login with your email address and password and follow the instructions to print a voucher. If you do not have an email address, a paper voucher will be sent to your home address to use in the case of an emergency. Each registrant can use up to four vouchers every 12 months. A supervisor’s signature is required on all vouchers. GRH vouchers can only be used to travel home from work.
- Personal or family illness
- Personal or family emergency
- Unexpected overtime
- You are left without a ride because your carpool or vanpool driver had an emergency
For more information contact Ruth Reiman at RReiman@PAGregion.com or (520) 792-1093.
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