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Ride. Better. Together

14 Jul

The “summer of hell” as it has been called on social media, has begun. The scheduled Amtrak Penn Station repairs will impact NJ Transit which in turn will impact the daily commute to NY Penn Station. Some commuters have been considering driving into NY during this time.  The drive into NY is already busy and there is a lot of traffic, adding more cars to the road would make it even worse. So… if you do choose to drive why not consider carpooling?

Carpooling helps reduce traffic, and you’ll spend less on gas, reduce the wear and tear and miles on your car, and improve air quality. You can carpool as much or as little as you want, you do not have to carpool every day.  You can get started by accessing NJ’s largest commuter network – NJ Rideshare.  All you have to do is register, and search the database for partners.  If you can’t find partners, contact your local TMA for help and while you’re talking to them make sure to register for the Emergency Ride Home program, a program that will ensure you get a free lift home if you ever have to leave work early or need to stay late.

You can watch this short video to see how you can Ride.Better.Together

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XA_P8dPIrFI

Get started at www.njrideshare.com

NJ Rideshare is a partnership of the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority (NJTPA) and the eight non-profit Transportation Management Associations (TMAs) serving New Jersey. Contact the TMA in the county in which you work for assistance.

 

July 4th Travel Tips, Schedules, and Local Happenings

30 Jun

The 2017 AAA report  is out and it looks like a record number of people will be travelling this Independence Day. More than 85% (37.5 million) of you will take advantage of the extended weekend and choose to drive to your destination.

Photo credit: AAA

With so many people on the road, here are some summer driving tips to get you safely to your destination:

  • Get your car serviced before you go
  • Pack an emergency roadside kit
  • Buckle up, do not drive distracted or impaired
  • Stay alert, stop and rest if you feel tired
  • Don’t forget to check the car before you lock it, don’t leave your children or pets unattended in a parked vehicle

You can find a detailed summer driving tips list here.

During the 4th of July holiday public transit comes with many choices and special deals for those planning a getaway or just seeing the fireworks.

Check out some of these options for your holiday travel:

Bike shares are another way to get around in places like NYC, Princeton, and Philadelphia, and available in the following places:

Car-share options:

A great tool for anyone traveling, our traffic alerts for Mercer County and Ocean County  are always available at www.gmtma.org  and can be accessed on your mobile device (just not while you are driving).

If you didn’t make any plans yet, here is what’s happening in Mercer County  and in Ocean County.

Stay safe and enjoy your Holiday Weekend!

July 4th Holiday Travel Info and AAA Report

30 Jun

The 2016 AAA report  estimates that close to 43 million people will be traveling during the July 4th weekend, the highest number on record.  Gas prices are still lower than in previous years and many, over 84%, will be traveling by car. AAA also estimates a large number of people will be opting for air travel or other options.  During this 4th of July holiday public transit comes with many choices and special deals for those planning a getaway or just seeing the fireworks.

Infographic source: AAA.com

Infographic source: AAA.com

Check out some of these options for your holiday travel:

  • NJ Transit offers bus and train passes to the Jersey Shore, schedules and details available here
  • NJ Transit early getaway service for July 1st info available here
  • SEPTA’s Independence Day service information is available here
  • PATH will be operating on a Saturday schedule, details available here
  • Princeton’s FreeB bus service will not run on July 4th.

Bike shares are another way to get around in places like Princeton, New York City, and Philadelphia:

Car-share options:

And with all those people on the road, you might find our traffic alerts for Mercer County and Ocean County useful. You can find it at www.gmtma.org  and can be accessed on your mobile device (just not while you are driving).

If you didn’t make any plans yet, check out where you can see fireworks throughout the state.

Stay safe and enjoy your Holiday Weekend!

Sources:

AAA: Americans Will Take More Trips than Ever This Independence Day Weekend

The Shared Use Economy Booms…. (carpooling, not so much)

14 Aug

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It’s almost impossible not to hear a news report or read an article about the boom in the shared use economy.  In fact, there’s a good chance you’re participating in it.  Uber, Lyft, RelayRides, Airbnb, are all examples of the huge growth in the sharing economy.

The concept is rooted in sustainability. Pool resources and it’s better for the environment and your finances.  It’s socially responsible.  It’s everything we learned in kindergarten…be nice and share!

And who were the early adopters of the sharing economy?  Carpoolers! Using that decidedly simple way to commute to work while saving money and reducing emissions.

And yet, in a report just released by the U.S. Census Bureau, Who Drives to Work? Commuting by Automobile in the United States:2013, the rate of carpooling  is shown as declining during each decade since 1980. About 9.0 percent of workers carpooled in 2013, down from 19.7 percent in 1980.  During this same time period, the number of people commuting by car increased to a peak of almost 88% in 2000 and has remained relatively stable since, dropping to just 86% in 2013.  Approximately 76% of those people are driving alone.  That leaves a lot of unused seating capacity out on our roads.

Ironic, given the current interest in all things shared, the rate of carpooling is falling.  It’s a statistic we’d love to see turnaround.  Try asking your co-worker or spouse if they want to share the ride.  If you need help finding a carpool partner just contact gmtma.org and register to find a carpool partner in our statewide database.  We make it easy and we offer a rewards program too!

Carpooling…the name may sound old school, but the concept is definitely not.