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Commuter Services

  1. Carpool
  2. Vanpool
  3. Bike and Walk
  4. Transit
  5. Park and Ride Lots
  6. Telework
  7. Commuter Spotlight: Nicholas Scherer, City of Tucson
  8. Commute Cost Calculator
  9. 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).

Carpool (Español)

  1. What is carpooling?
  2. I need my car for errands during the day. Can I still carpool?
  3. Can I meet a carpool somewhere other than my home?
  4. What are the advantages of carpooling?
  5. How do I find a carpool partner?
  6. What if there's an emergency or I have to work late and don't have my car?
  7. Do I need a car to carpool?
  8. If I fill out a Sun Rideshare application do I have to carpool?
  9. Doesn't carpooling make the commute longer?

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Vanpool

  1. Welcome to vanpooling
  2. Frequently asked questions
  3. How do I calculate true commuter costs?
  4. Environmental impact
  5. 2015-2016 monthly lease schedule
  6. Contact

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Bike and Walk

 
Transit
 

Park and Ride Lots

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Telework

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).

Employer Benefits

  • Helps achieve Travel Reduction Ordinance goals
  • Increases productivity
  • Decreases absenteeism
  • Improves employee morale
  • Decreases overhead
  • Provides a great retention & recruitment tool

Employee Benefits

  • Decreases stress
  • Decreases or eliminates commute time & expenses
  • Increases job satisfaction
  • Decreases work-related expenses
  • Provides balance between work & family life

Community Benefits

  • 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: Nicholas Scherer, City of Tucson

Nicholas Scherer is not only the transportation coordinator for the City of Tucson, but he also lives out his work. He rides his bike to work every day, with a round trip commute of four miles.“The most benefit I get from not driving is the cost saving; I do not have to pay for parking downtown, costly repairs, or fuel,” he said. “I also enjoy the daily exercise of riding my bike, sometimes I will even ride home for lunch.”

Challenges for Scherer include accurately adapting for extreme weather conditions, and avoiding unfriendly biking terrain, such as rough roads, train tracks, or broken glass. But he enjoys these challenges and likes
to find the right gear to overcome them. “I like the phrase ‘There’s no suchthing as bad weather (or roads/
paths), just bad gear’,” he said.

Safety can be a big challenge, too, he said. Scherer is sure to make himself very visible using blinking lights and reflective materials, and he always rides on dedicated bike paths or protected bike lanes.

Ultimately, Scherer enjoys having a range of transportation options to choose from for his trips, and biking allows him to make his transportation more affordable and environmentally friendly.

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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.

 

Number of miles you drive round-trip to work:   
Cost per gallon of gasoline $  
How many miles per gallon does your automobile average?  
Daily parking cost $  
Type of vehicle  
   

    
Daily Cost $  
Monthly Cost $  
Yearly Cost $  

*Costs include gas, maintenance, tires and insurance.

Source: AAA 2015 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.

Qualifying emergencies:

  • 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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