Reducing the number of solo commuters in and around cities and the emissions associated with commuting to work and going to shops will make a positive difference to the environment and human health. Meet Nanci Fitzgerald, President and CEO of The Rideshare Company. The nonprofit develops ride-sharing services for businesses, governments, and residential facilities. The rideshare company, founded in the 1980s, created the rideshare program and from July 1994 to December 2022 it will have provided more than 20 million trips and moved 699 million miles. has been reduced. Ridesharing has reduced vehicle maintenance costs by $13 million, saved 32.9 million gallons of gasoline, and prevented 354,475 tons of CO2 emissions. The 40-year history of ridesharing shows how the possibilities for sharing assets such as cars and buses have evolved. There are many alternatives to owning something for part of the day, or even less often. If joint travel could be better organized, its potential benefits could also be applied to other areas such as tools and recreational vehicles.
The U.S. Census reports that the average commute time nationwide in 2019 was 27.6 minutes. This was the year before COVID-19 disrupted lives and changed work and travel. In the 2019 census, nearly 10% of workers said their commute took more than an hour. As companies and governments ask employees to return to the office, employees are increasingly driving alone. There are better ways to travel through ride-sharing and organized commute programs, such as those offered on and around corporate campuses. The challenge is organizing these programs and finding participants, which is where rideshare companies excel. For more information about The Rideshare Company, please visit https://www.rideshare.com/.
Editor’s note: This episode of Sustainability In Your Ear was originally released on November 10, 2023.