A new RideShare website will help residents and visitors coordinate car or van pools, rides on county transit or identify walking or bicycle routes.

San Benito RideShare has launched a new website to make it easier for San Benito County residents or visitors to find information about travel options. RideShare is coordinated by the Council of San Benito County Governments and its new webstie is www.SanBenitoRideShare.org. The site provides commuters with a free matchlist through an interactive, on-demand system that helps people find others who would like to ride to work together through carpools, vanpools or bicycles.

According to a press release from Veronica Lezama, a transportation planner with the county, carpooling can divide the cost of commuting by 50 percent or more. The website’s commute calculator helps drivers determine the potential cost savings if they commute with someone else, ride a bicycle or take public transportation. The goal of San Benito RideShare is to help commuters through a free carpool ride matching service, a low-cost vanpool program, public transit routes and schedule information, and about bicycling and walking. The program makes efforts to reduce traffic congestion, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and improve public health through bicycling and walking support.

The website was made possible through an emission reduction grant from the Monterey Bay Unified Air Pollution Control District.

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