Ridesharing 101: Stranger Danger

Moms all over the world have repeated the same stranger-danger mantras to their kids for years: Don’t talk to strangers! Don’t take candy from strangers! And never, ever, under any circumstance, get into a stranger’s car! Well, sorry moms, but millions of people are hopping into a perfect stranger’s car every day.

Ridehailing services like Uber and Lyft have quickly become one of the most convenient ways to get around, but they’re more suited to quick trips here and there than daily commutes. Traditional ridesharing may not sound as trendy when you call it what it is – carpooling and vanpooling – but it’s definitely a smart choice for those who want to save money on gas and parking and reduce routine maintenance on their personal vehicles.

Here are some quick tips to ridesharing in the Treasure Valley:

1.       Use MyCommuterCrew.com to find ridesharing opportunities and partners – you never know who may live and work nearby who would like to share a ride!

2.       Check with your employer for smart commute benefits and subsidies – many businesses offer to pay all or a portion of your parking fee, bus fares, or vanpool fares. Some even provide financial incentives to walk or bike to work!

3.       Take advantage of a transit benefit – if your employer includes transportation as a pre-tax benefit, you can use up to $260/month in pre-tax dollars to pay for your transportation expenses. Cha-ching!

If finding a vanpool or carpool sounds like a lot of work, don’t fret. Commuteride can help! Give us a call at 345-POOL or visit mycommutercrew.com to find options specifically for your commute!

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Commuting Through Construction? UGH.

Commuting often feels like a chore. Twice a day, commuters stuff themselves into their cars, fall in line, and slowly make their way to and from work alongside 282,000 other Treasure Valley commuters. To make matters worse, more often than not there’s some sort of delay – a stalled car on the side of the interstate, an unexpected snow day, or the ever-dreaded “construction season.” 

Ah, yes. Construction season means you may be driving through cones, chipseal, and construction flaggers. We are in the midst of the Ada County Highway District’s biggest construction season ever.

Biggest. Construction. Season. Ever.

Move over Snowmageddon, it’s time for Constructionmageddon to take the spotlight. It’s no small feat to find a route to work that hasn’t been touched by the $61 million dollars ACHD is investing in the county’s transportation season this year. Of course, when all is said and done, our commutes will easy-breezy and safer – here’s to counting down the days! But heavy construction isn’t going anywhere anytime soon…you may have noticed that our valley is growing exponentially and we have to make room for all of the additional residents and businesses – and therefore the additional traffic – that comes with the growth.

But fear not, faithful commuters! Getting to and from work doesn’t have to be a drag, drain your wallet, or waste two hours of your day. Commuteride has got you covered!

How to Get Through Constructionmageddon (When Finding a Different Route Just Won’t Cut It)

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Tempted? Intrigued? Visit mycommutercrew.com or call 345-POOL. You might decide you like saving money, making friends, and getting free time back and stick around even after “construction season” wraps up! Let us help!