Become a Community Builder
“Improve commuter’s life saving their time, money and health for the ultimate benefit of larger community”
Why build community of commuters?
Let’s Commute Together
There are suburbs and towns where up to half of their population is ready to commute using rideshare. Carpooling is a great thing, but how to organize it? How to find fellow commuters to start driving and riding from your home and work area? There is a way.
Over 30 years commuters in Washington, DC, San Francisco, CA and Houston, TX were able to get together to commute using, so called, casual carpool or “slugging”.
With mobile technologies this method of commuting can be expanded to other areas and routes.
Jason, who commutes from Woodbridge to Tysons, shared:
“Living in Washington, DC area, the region with one of the worst commute in the United States and in the world, and working more than 15 miles away from our homes, the commute costed me a lot of money and time every day. I could use public transit, like train or bus but they had limited options. Commute by car was very flexible, though it is costly and you always have a traffic. I could drive on express roads, commuting faster, but it was very expensive, like $25+ one way. I have tried to find other commuters but it was difficult to align our schedules. With Sameride help we were able to start our community of commuters who commute from Woodbridge to Tysons using Sameride Commute App to coordinate our rides. By riding in carpools I am saving monthly about 20 hours of commute time. I am saving also about $300 on car expenses and help my drivers to save about $1100 on tolls. Everybody benefits.”
Community of commuters saves commute time and transportation costs of your neighbors, friends and colleagues, helps protect the environment, improve the quality of life, and increase economic sustainability of your metro areas.
Build community of commuters to help achieve these goals and start new commute routes in your area.
What can commuters get?
- Reduce your Commute Time – 22 hours per month or about 1 hour per workday or about 260 hours per year.
- Reduce your Express Lanes Tolls – $500-1100 per month or over $6000 per year.
- Save money on Car Maintenance – your car’s engine and transmission work 260 hours less every year.
- Save money on Fuel costs – on average $600 per year as one hour of traffic jams you preserve is about 1 gal of fuel.
- Reduce your Commute Time – 22 hours per month or about 1 hour per workday or about 260 hours (32 workdays) per year.
- Absolutely free ride in case of commute on HOV/HOT lanes.
- Save about $8200 ¹ per year than driving your car, and $260 per month or $3200 per year than commuting by bus.
- Cars waiting in traffic contain up to 40% more pollution than those that are moving ². The World Health Organization describes outdoor air pollution as a “major environmental risk to health”. It contributes to lung cancer, asthma, and other respiratory diseases.
- Long commutes are associated with higher weight, lower fitness levels, and higher blood pressure – strong predictors of heart disease, diabetes, and some types of cancer.
- Stress and irritability from congestions, fatigability from long car driving at the beginning of working day make you vulnerable to depression and influence your career.
Compared to non-drivers, people who spent two hours on the road every day (commute from Woodbridge to Tysons Corner and back is over 2.5 hours) are:
- 78 percent more likely to be obese;
- 86 percent more likely to sleep poorly (less than seven hours);
- 33 percent more likely to report feeling psychologically distressed;
- 43 percent more likely to say their quality of life was poor ³
They are also a lot more likely to smoke and fall short of weekly exercise targets.
But not only two-hour commute harms your health. Even 30 minutes of daily drive time increases your risk for all of these negative health issues.
² according to research carried out by the University of Surrey, published in the journal “Environmental Science: Processes & Impacts”
³ according to report of 26th annual meeting of the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology (ISEE)
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