Nov. 2017 Featured Commuter: Cuong N.

January 12th, 2018 by | No Comments

Cuong works for the city of Austin at the One Texas Center just south of downtown, however, he lives in northwest Austin. This can be quite the commute but Cuong has made the best of it. He vanpools to work using the Rideshare program from Capital Metro and he shifts his schedule so he is not commuting to work during peak traffic – 7 to 9 a.m. and 5 to 7 p.m.

Cuong meets with his carpool buddies, Greg, Jennifer, and Sergio at 5:50 a.m. at Lakeline Station – where there is reserved vanpool parking – to start their commute to work. They arrive to work by 6:30 a.m.

Vanpooling allows Cuong to reduce his carbon footprint, and number vehicles on the while saving money and tear and wear on his vehicle “With the federal and city subsidy, my commute almost does not cost me anything,” he said.

Cuong enjoys his commute because it shortens his drive time, it is less stressful than commuting alone, and he enjoys the people with which he commutes.  I have a great group of vanpool buddies to joke around with during the commute time – what’s not to like?

The biggest challenge with his commute is sticking to the same schedule. Since Cuong is the vanpool driver her has to be dependable and punctual. His advice is not to be afraid of sticking to a schedule because you will adjust after a couple weeks.

Thanks Cuong, you and your carpool buddies are helping the region fight traffic and pollution with your commute solution!


 

A Sustainable Commute Option that you should know about: Carsharing

November 12th, 2017 by | No Comments

car2go LogoOver the past few years, you have likely seen the tiny white cars with Car2Go branding traveling around town. Carsharing companies like Car2Go and Zipcar have been operating in the region for a number of years and could help you out if you do not have access to your own vehicle. Carsharing is a vehicle rental model that allows people to rent vehicles for short periods of time, often by the hour. This could be especially useful for people that commute to work without their personal vehicle because it gives you more flexibility to run errands during your lunch break or quickly get home if something unexpected comes up.

Zipcar LogoCurrently, Car2Go operates in Central and North Austin while Zipcar operates in Central Austin and San Marcos.

Consider learning more about the feasibility of carsharing for your situation, or share the information with someone you know who is hesitant to bus or vanpool because they want the ability to leave work quickly.


 

A Sustainable Commute Option that you should know about: Chariot

October 12th, 2017 by | No Comments

Chariot LogoFor just over a year now, Chariot has been providing Austin with what they term “micro-transit,” Chariot offers a mix of fixed-route mass-transit and on-demand ridesharing and they could help you get to work more sustainability than driving yourself which can to congestion and can harm the environment.

Chariot has three different public transit-like routes where individuals can reserve a seat on a van using a smartphone app; an enterprise service for companies to get their employees to and from work; and a charter vehicle program.

Currently, all of Chariot’s public routes are operating between south Austin and downtown Austin. Chariot charges $3.50 per ride or $95.00 for a monthly pass. Visit Chariot


 

Oct. 2017 Featured Commuter: Victor J.

October 12th, 2017 by | No Comments

Victor works in downtown Austin for Travis County but lives in Leander. This is a 50+ mile per day commute. This could be a commuting nightmare; however, Victor has found a way to make it work without relying on a car.

For the past six years, Victor has commuted to work via bike, train, and/or bus. He says, “Commuting to work has allowed me to be more active outside, and at 44 years old, I am stronger than ever riding my bike 45-65 miles a week.”

With his long commute, Victor has learned a lot, “I would suggest for those thinking about commuting is to find what options work for you, have a backup plan, begin slowly, and when riding your bike tough out the weather and be defensive.” 

Great advice from Victor! He has found a way to make his daily trip to and from downtown Austin without needing to drive alone every day.

 He also credits Travis County for providing the option to commute sustainably to work and making him a commuter ambassador. Talk to your employer if your commuting options do not work for you currently but might with workplace support; this could be flexing your schedule to avoid peak traffic, getting help to set up an office vanpool, or allowing you to telework!

 

May Bike Month Commuter Contest Winner Spotlight

June 12th, 2015 by | No Comments

Congrats to one of our Bike Month Commuter Contest winners, Robert! Here is what he had to say and we are pretty impressed that he rides about 4,000 miles each year.

“I’ve been commuting almost exclusively by bicycle for 5-6 years, mostly on my cheap fixed-gear track bike. My commute is 9 miles each way, so I ride approximately 4,000 miles each year to / from work. In addition to the fitness and financial benefits, I truly enjoy the intangibles such as the friendly interactions with the city that you can only get when you’re not closed up in a 2,000-pound steel box on wheels. I get to say hello to neighbors and other commuters and recently even had the opportunity to hop off my bike to help an elderly lady who had fallen.”

Robert T. 2015 Bike Month

 


 

April Commuter Contest Winner Spotlight

June 3rd, 2015 by | No Comments

Congrats to one of our April Commuter Contest transit winners, William! His enthusiasm will inspire you to try your own commute solution! He takes the train downtown, then rides his folding bike to work. Here are a few words from William about his multimodal commute to his job.

“The main reason I love my commute to work is it allows me to live where I want to live, and I can work on South Congress at a job that I love. If not for the rail I would probably have to work near home at a job that I would not enjoy. Another plus is that I get meet other people from all over and make some friends who told me to register for Commute Solutions and maybe win a prize and I did – I love Austin.”

William - Transit

 


 

The Commute Solutions Commuter Contest!

April 6th, 2015 by | No Comments

 Join the Commute Solutions Commuter Contest
April 1 -24, 2015

April is the beginning of ozone season and you can do your share to spare the air. This is a great time to try an alternate commute such as riding the bus, taking the train, carpooling, vanpooling, walking, biking, or teleworking. You can save money, help keep our air cleaner, and have a chance to win great prizes while participating in the Commute Solutions Commuter Contest!

The Commuter Contest runs from April 1 through April 24. All you need to do is log your bicycling, walking, transit, teleworking, vanpooling and/or carpooling trips to be entered for a chance to win. When you log your trips, you can track money and fuel saved, calories burned, and pollution reduced. Prizes include a Fitbit, iPod Nano, and a Kindle Fire. To join the contest, go to the myCommuteSolutions website, register, and keep a daily log of your alternate commutes. Existing myCommuteSolutions users will just need to sign in and log your commute. It’s free and it’s easy. Please visit, mycommutesolutions.com and click on “Incentives – Contests” for more information on details and prizes.

April 2015 Contest Graphic

 


 

The Commute Solutions Annual Report

February 11th, 2015 by | No Comments

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 The Commute Solutions Annual Report is out!  To see more, click  here.


 

Happy New Year from Commute Solutions!

January 8th, 2015 by | No Comments

Commute Solutions would like to wish everyone a very happy New Year! We welcome you to visit our “Commuter Resources” page to explore the alternative transportation options that are available to our region. Happy Commuting!

2015 FB Cover Photo

 


 

EPA Proposes Strengthening the National Ozone Standards

December 8th, 2014 by | No Comments

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Submitted by Cari Buetow, Environmental Program Coordinator with the City Of Austin,
Austin Transportation Department

On November 26, 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced its proposal to strengthen the air quality standards to within a range of 65 to 70 parts per billion (ppb) to better protect Americans’ health and the environment. The Clean Air Act requires the EPA to review the standards every five years. The EPA last updated the ozone standards in 2008 and set the standards at 75 ppb; the agency is required by the Clean Air Act to review the standards every five years.

In the most recent review, EPA scientists examined numerous scientific studies, including more than 1,000 new studies published since the last update. Studies indicate that exposure to ozone at levels below 75 ppb can pose serious threats to public health, such as, causing or aggravating asthma and other lung diseases, and ozone has been found to be linked to premature death from respiratory and cardiovascular causes. Also, new studies add to the evidence showing that repeated exposure to ozone stunts the growth of trees, damages plants, and reduces crop yields.

While ozone levels in the Central Texas continue to improve, progress may not occur quickly enough to remain in compliance under the proposed standards.  It is expected that the EPA will issue final ozone standards by October 1, 2015.  If EPA sets the new ozone standards at the lowest end of its proposed range –65 ppb – current projections indicate that continuing to strengthen the region’s emission reduction program will be necessary to stay in attainment. If EPA designates Central Texas “nonattainment” for ground-level ozone, which might occur by October 2017, there could be significant economic impacts for the region. New regulations could restrict industrial expansion, delay funding for roadway construction, and increase the cost of doing business throughout the region. The regulatory consequences of a nonattainment designation could last for 25-40 years.