SPC and TBARTA announce carpooling partnership
St Petersburg College’s Office for Sustainability today announced a partnership with the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority/ (TBARTA) to allow students, faculty and staff to conserve and cut commuting costs.
TBARTA’s Commuter Services program provides regional commuter assistance programs and services, and promotes commuter options, such as ridesharing, and Emergency Ride Home.
“This partnership offers countless benefits to participants, community, and environment,” said Jason Green, SPC’s Sustainability Coordinator. “The participants benefit through fuel cost and maintenance savings, a potentially less stressful commute, and the opportunity to meet new people. The community benefits since each carpool removes at least one car from the road, resulting in less strain on our roadways. The environment benefits through decreased greenhouse gas emissions and cleaner air.” For the average commuter in the program, TBARTA Commuter Services eliminates more than 350 trips a year and saves more than 200 gallons of gas and $1,500 in transportation costs.
The intent of the partnership is to provide TBARTA’s computerized rideshare matching services to SPC’s population. TBARTA uses it’s rideshare database to develop matches for each registered SPC student and faculty/staff member. The rideshare website allows students to be matched with other students, providing segregation from faculty/staff participants.
Additionally, registered participants who use a commute option other than driving alone at least two days per week are eligible for up to eight free annual taxi rides home from campus.
Participants can register at http://www.tampabayrideshare.org by clicking “Online Ridesharing” or calling 1-800-998-RIDE (7433).
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