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About Us: Press Room

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—
August 25, 2017

Contact:
Lisa Kay Schweyer, CommuteInfo Program Manager

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—
Wednesday, August 2, 2017
 Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission
(412) 391-5590 x375; lkschweyer@spcregion.org

COMMUTEINFO POOLERS GET REWARDED
Helping Employees Save Money on Their Commutes to Work

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PITTSBURGH, PA — There are many benefits to being a CommuteInfo Pooler! Commuters in a registered CommuteInfo Program carpool and vanpool, get access to the Emergency Ride Home service reimbursement, a free safety kit for the pool vehicle, and now, the chance for a parking discount in downtown Pittsburgh

A Pittsburgh parking facility operator has offered discounted monthly leases at four of their locations for CommuteInfo vanpool and carpool groups, if at least 65 groups sign up to participate by September 22. 

The discounted rate is $255 per month, the maximum parking benefit allowed to be provided by employers through the IRS transportation fringe benefit.

Carolyn, one of the volunteer vanpool coordinators (traveling from Charleroi to downtown Pittsburgh) says:  “I have been involved with vanpooling for over 35 years.  It is truly ‘a better way to work.’  Not only is it cheaper, but you cause no wear and tear on your own vehicle.  Your monthly payment includes gas, parking and the rider fare.  And you are guaranteed a seat…no standing and no waiting outside in bad weather.  If the vanpool was not available, I probably would not be working in the ‘Burgh…”

Commuters looking for information about the parking discount, or help finding someone to share their ride with, or want to register their pool group, please contact CommuteInfo today, 1-888-819-6110 or CommuteInfo@spcregion.org.

Over 75% of the workers in the SPC region drive alone to work.  If fewer commuters drove alone, there would be less traffic congestion and the air would be cleaner.  And commuters could save money.  Alternatives to driving alone, like vanpooling, carpooling, using public transit or biking to work, are just a few of the ways to lower the cost of commuting. 

In 2016, the over 1,200 participants in CommuteInfo’s vanpool and registered carpool programs resulted in nearly 228,000 fewer single-occupant vehicle round trips made by participants.  If each participant had an average 15-mile one-way commute (30 miles round trip), over 6,800,400 fewer vehicle miles were driven in the region last year.  That adds up to over 36 million fewer vehicle miles over the past 5 years!

For more information about CommuteInfo and commuter alternatives, please visit www.commuteinfo.org, or call toll free 1-888-819-6110.

Additional Background:

The Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission (SPC) is the region's forum for collaboration, planning and public decision-making. As the designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for the ten-county region including the City of Pittsburgh and the counties of Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Lawrence, Washington, and Westmoreland, SPC is responsible for planning and prioritizing the use of all state and federal transportation funds allocated to the region. As the Local Development District (LDD) and Economic Development District for Southwestern Pennsylvania (as designated by the U.S. Appalachian Regional Commission and the U.S. Department of Commerce), SPC establishes regionaleconomic development priorities and provides a wide range of public services to the region.

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