Share the Ride NC (SRTNC) Expands Commuter Options for Students and Employees Across the Piedmont Triad
As commuter distances, transportation costs, and traffic congestion continue to increase, so does interest in ridesharing opportunities. But when it comes to carpooling, many riders don’t know where to start. That’s why regions throughout the country are beginning to implement ridesharing services for their local citizens—and North Carolina is no exception.
Enter the Piedmont Triad’s Share the Ride NC (STRNC) program.
Share the Ride NC is a free, online rideshare matching service that provides riders across the state with commuting options outside of their solo drive. Whether they need to get to work, school, or the grocery store, this platform allows users to quickly and securely find nearby commute partners based on routes and schedules that coincide with their own. There are also tips and best practices available to help new carpoolers know what to expect.
To take advantage of STRNC services, riders simply need to visit the program’s website and create a free account. Here they’ll provide basic information and set up a customized trip profile complete with common routes and destinations. They can even add their daily or weekly schedule for other users to see.
Profiles also allow for participants to select preferences such as whether they are looking for a driver or a passenger, if they have a preference towards their fellow commuter’s gender, and if they are a smoker or non-smoker. This detailed process is designed to ensure the safety and comfortability of all users.
STRNC is a free service thanks to funding secured by NCDOT and other STRNC Regional Partners (including PART). PART staff members are also involved on a local level as they provide system demonstrations and presentations, collaborate with staff throughout the Piedmont region, and work alongside colleges and universities to help promote STRNC on area campuses.
When implemented, STRNC can improve parking and traffic for faculty and students as well as reduce their overall carbon footprint. Alamance Community College, Elon University, UNC-Greensboro, Guilford College, Davidson County Community College, and Wake Forest University are already promoting STRNC to students and faculty members, and more campuses are expected to join.
STRNC is making it easier for North Carolina employers, universities, and regional partners to get on board. The program’s website even allows for customized pages to help promote smart commuting within specific organizations. Building a customized STRNC program is typically a 4-week process that includes sub-site creation, customization and marketing material development.
For more information on how you can build a Share the Ride NC program at your company, make sure to contact PART.