San Diego ridesharing by the numbers
Nearly 100 million people ride the bus, trolley, or COASTER. In the last year, there were 95,934,074 transit boardings: 59,258,960 on buses throughout the county; 35,114,385 on the trolley; and 1,560,729 on the COASTER.
There are 578 vanpools enrolled in the San Diego Regional Vanpool program as of October 31, 2007. The program grows 16 percent on average each year. Vanpools are comfortable, reasonably priced, and a convenient way for groups of people toshare the ride. RideLink will help you get started by providing a list of people to vanpool with, and in some cases, SANDAG will help pay the bill. That’s money back in your pocket and cars off the road. Dial 511 and ask for RideLink for more information.
Carpooling is a great choice for those who do not need their car at work every day.The journey begins by finding a carpool partner. RideLink will help match you with other commuters who live and work near you.
Bike to Work
With more than 1,100 miles of bike lanes and roads throughout the San Diego region, bicycling is an excellent alternative to driving. All buses in the region are equipped with bike racks and bicycles are allowed on the trolley and the COASTER. For more information, visit www.511sd.com/ridelink. You also can celebrate national Bike to Work Day on May 16, 2008.
Flextime and Telework
RideLink can assist you in setting up alternative hours so that you avoid rush hour driving. Check out our free consulting services to set up and administer a telework program at www.511sd.com/ridelink. Employers who offer flextime report improved recruitment, retention, productivity, and attendance.
Corporate Tax Benefits
More than 100 companies in San Diego offer transportation benefits to their employees. These benefits include free or discounted transit passes, vanpool subsidies, special parking for carpools, flextime and telecommute options, carsharing, bike lockers, and more. Employers can offer employees who use public transit or ride in a vanpool a $110 monthly benefit and enjoy special tax savings. SANDAG can help companies set up a transportation benefit program. Call 511 and say RideLink.
Guaranteed Ride Home Program
Currently there are 1,827 people enrolled in the Guaranteed Ride Home program. If you carpool, vanpool, bike, or take commuter express buses or the COASTER commuter train three or more times a week, RideLink and the San Diego County Air Pollution Control District can get you home if you have an emergency. The program provides a taxi or rental car (depending on the distance between work and home) for those times when you have to work overtime or have an emergency. Just call 511 (say RideLink when prompted) or visit 511sd.com/ridelink today and register!
Traffic, Transit, & Commute Information
Call 511 or click 511sd.com for quick access to transportation information scuh as real-time freeway travel times, bus arrival information, and more. After eight months in operation, 511 and www.511sd.com average 10,000-plus phone calls and 50,000-plus Web page views each week!
Thomas Bruccoleri, Senior Regional Planner
Phone: (619) 699-7381, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org