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Lisa Kay Schweyer, CommuteInfo Program Developer
 Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission
(412) 391-5590 x375; lkschweyer@spcregion.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—
Tuesday, April 22, 2014

May is CommuteInfo Commute Options Awareness Month

PITTSBURGH, PA — The Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission (SPC) is encouraging all commuters in Southwestern Pennsylvania to learn more about commuting options available in our region.  To focus attention on available commuting alternatives SPC, at its meeting on April 21st, proclaimed May to be CommuteInfo Commute Options Awareness Month.  During May, SPC’s CommuteInfo program is promoting the benefits of alternatives to driving alone.  The goal of SPC’s CommuteInfo program is for commuters in Southwestern Pennsylvania to choose ridesharing at least twice a week.

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 would save a lot of 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 the past year, CommuteInfo’s nearly 1,300 registered vanpool and carpool participants helped to reduce the number of single-occupant vehicles on the region's roads by over 1,000 vehicles each workday. By not driving alone to work or school each day, participants reduced the number of vehicle round trips taken in the region by over 260,000. Or, using an average of a 15-mile one-way commute (30 miles round trip), this is a savings of over 7,807,800 vehicle miles traveled.  In addition, each participant saved an average of $800 in gas costs alone during 2013 (assuming $3.30 per gallon of gas), or a total fuel cost savings of over $1,030,000 for all program participants.

Visit www.commuteinfo.org and take advantage of the CommuteInfo Commute Cost Calculator to estimate how much you could be saving!

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

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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 regional economic development priorities and provides a wide range of public services to the region.