San Diego County residents who carpooled, vanpooled, walked, biked, or took public transit to work or school and tracked their trips through the SANDAG iCommute program made a big difference during the past fiscal year. By embracing sustainable commute choices, they collectively saved 5.5 million gallons of gasoline and prevented the release of 111 million pounds of carbon dioxide.
These green commuters also saved $21 million on fuel costs and avoided driving 128 million miles, equal to 5,128 car trips around the earth.
These findings and more are contained in the illustrated iCommute Measures Up annual report published by SANDAG. iCommute is the agency’s Transportation Demand Management program. It offers an easy and secure website with tools for ridematching and tracking alternative commute trips.
The report is based on travel data from residents who tracked their alternative trips online in the iCommute TripTracker between July 2011 and June 2012. Nearly 23,400 commuters are currently registered in the iCommute online system, a 51 percent increase compared to 2011.
Goldin Ortiz, Marketing Analyst