The Riverside County Transportation Commission (RCTC) and San Bernardino County Transportation Authority’s (SBCTA)’s rideshare program, IE Commuter, has teamed up with Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Orange County Transportation Authority, Ventura County Transportation Commission to present a regional database to enhance commute options for registered users.
This multi-agency partnership provides employers with carpool/vanpool matches stretching from Ventura County to San Bernardino County with a uniform set of core services across five counties. The new database will allow vanpools and carpools to fill empty seats with greater ease while unlocking a more convenient and efficient method of planning additional commute solutions for riders.
The California Department of Motor Vehicles estimates that there are more than 12 million licensed drivers in Southern California, and the Southern California Association of Governments reports that Southern California drivers average more than 21 miles driven each day, often alone. Opting for transit via buses, trains, vanpooling, and carpooling can contribute to beneficial solutions to help mitigate the stress of commuting, reduce vehicle wear and tear, and generate significant savings from reduced fuel consumption. The five partner agencies are working together to help reduce vehicle miles traveled and traffic congestion with a goal of improving air quality in Southern California.
These enhancements will improve the convenience and efficiency of travel throughout Southern California and is expected to increase ridership, reduce single-occupancy vehicles on the road, and decrease CO2 emissions.