[89] The Commuter Challenge in October (10/3/2012)

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Start Date: 10/3/2012 Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 10/3/2012 End Time: 11:59 PM
The Commuter Challenge in October

STATEHOUSE – Rep. Cindy Kirchhofer (R-Beech Grove) is pleased to announce the 2012 Commuter Challenge. The Commuter Challenge is designed to encourage Hoosiers to find an alternative commute to driving alone during October, the Rideshare Month.  

“I think individuals in a community do not realize how many of their neighbors have overlapping trips to work, school or other activities,” said Rep. Kirchhofer. “This challenge is a great way to reach out and discover if there are cost saving partnerships available that can be mutually beneficial for both parties.” 

During October, individuals can record commute trips (to get to/from work) they take using carpooling, vanpooling, riding the bus, biking or walking. Each trip recorded will be an entry for a random drawing that will take place every week. The four winners will be awarded prizes, which include gas cards, IndyGo 30-day passes and Indy Express Bus monthly passes. The entries will also be submitted for the grand prize of a $500 gift card. In addition to the grand prize, there will be additional runner-up prizes drawn at the end of the month.

Individuals interested in participating in the challenge should visit www.CommuterConnect.us and create a free account or log into an existing account.  The “Sign Up” feature on the home page of the website can be utilized to connect those looking for carpool and vanpool partners or a biking buddy. There is no commitment to carpool, vanpool or bike to work by signing up; Commuter Connect only offers potential matches to help those interested in joint commutes. 

Commuter Connect by the Numbers 

423 Central Indiana companies are participating in Commuter Connect by providing incentives and/or resources to help employees with alternative transportation
5,748 residents are registered in the Commuter Connect database
2,744 residents are registered and waiting to find others to share rides with to and from work 
3,040 people in Central Indiana have registered to participate in a vanpool or carpool, ride bikes, walk or take a bus to work
18 vanpools take 212 commuters to and from work 

“Hoosiers are looking for cost saving methods when filling up at the pump. Commuting in a group reduces travel expenses and strengthens our communities,” said Rep. Kirchhofer. 

There is no charge for employers or employees to use Commuter Connect’s services. To learn more, visit www.CommuterConnect.us.

Rep. Kirchhofer Commuting Release.docx