Now is the time to Share-A-Ride

Share-A-Ride, Save On Gas!

Gas prices at the pump have risen in recent weeks. Fingers crossed, it seems they may be heading in a better direction, namely down. They are still higher than we would all like them to be, however, and people are still searching for ways to save money on gas. There are articles that list ways to save on gas, which include using apps like GasBuddy and Gas Guru, and articles that tell you where to find the cheapest gas. But there is one way to save that you may not have heard of, and it is available right here in Chester County!

The Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) offers the Share-A-Ride (SAR) program FREE through support from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT). The service can match you with convenient transit services, vanpool groups, even walking and bicycling opportunities.

Stacy Bartels, Manager, Office of TDM Strategy and Marketing for DVRPC, oversees the SAR program.

“Southeastern Pennsylvania's Share-A-Ride program is easy to use - commuters can register and correspond with potential matches all electronically or by mobile phone. Participants can set and edit their preferences and privacy needs; and now if they regularly record their commute method, they can receive small rewards for making a change from a drive alone vehicle to transit, carpools or biking, even teleworking. It's also easy for employers to set up carpools and vanpools for employees, too, with the help of our TMAs (Transportation Management Associations). DVRPC, along with PennDOT, is pleased to offer this free program in our region to help improve access to alternate travel options which help improve our air quality, too,” Bartels commented.

Here at the Transportation Management Association of Chester County, or TMACC, part of our mission is to reduce congestion and improve air quality by encouraging the use of alternative transportation. The SAR program aligns well with that goal.

“The Share-A-Ride program supports TMACC’s mission and is a step toward finding a long term, sustainable solution to saving money on gas prices, and improved air quality for everyone,” said Tim Phelps, Executive Director of TMACC.

TMACC member West Chester University is offering students, faculty, and staff a chance to find commuting partners with the SAR program.

“Share-A-Ride is an important part of West Chester University’s support of commuting choices for our students, faculty, and staff. The program helps them find classmates and colleagues to carpool with and provides great info on public transit options and safe bicycling too. We’re still in the early stages of educating our community about the program, but interest is building and we’re planning on promoting it more consistently and effectively in the coming semesters,” stated Bradley Flamm, Ph.D., Director, Office of Sustainability.

Flamm knows what he is talking about, as he also personally takes advantage of the SAR program, “Carpooling has been an important part of my career at West Chester University, making my workdays more manageable, reducing stress from parking because we have a great Rideshare Parking Spaces program, and saving me money on gas and wear and tear on my car. More than that, it’s just a lot of fun to have smart and friendly co-workers to commute with. I’ve learned so much more about the university, its community, and how to work effectively on campus than I would have if I had to drive by myself every day.”

And if saving money on gas while contributing to cleaner air doesn’t motivate you, how about earning money for gas? As an incentive, newcarpools formed through the Share-A-Ride program can qualify for up to $100 in Sunoco gas cards. Contact TMACC to learn more and sign up!

Learn more about the Share-A-Ride program here.

Are you a West Chester university student, faculty, or staff member? Visit WCU’s page to learn more about their SAR program.

Ready to save money on gas? Sign up here for Share-A-Ride!