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Sun Rideshare News | Winter 2019


Beyond the bus: Getting around with transit when you thought you couldn't

Riding the bus can be an easy way to get around, but what if the bus schedules conflict with your personal schedule, or no bus routes come close to your home? Remember there are other transit options that could help meet your needs. Check them out:

Sun Shuttle | This neighborhood transit service, funded by the Regional Transportation Authority, includes 10 fixed routes connecting neighborhoods in Marana, Oro Valley, Catalina, Sahuarita, Green Valley, San Xavier, Tucson Estates, Civano, Rita Ranch and Ajo to urban areas in Tucson. Many routes include “flag stop” service for passengers who want to board by waving down an approaching Sun Shuttle driver. All routes connect directly to a transit center or are coordinated with Sun Tran routes. Just hop on and hop off at designated stops using your SunGo pass or a single fare.

Kids younger than five ride free, and adults pay a modest fare ranging from 60 cents to $3.00, based on the route.

Dial-a-Ride | Sun Shuttle also provides Dial-a-Ride service for the general public in many areas of the region. Just this month, Dial-a-Ride services were expanded in the Sahuarita/Green Valley area. Green Valley residents can enjoy curb-to-curb service and 22 designated stops throughout their community, including popular destinations in Canoa Ranch. People traveling in Oro Valley also can use Dial-a-Ride.

Trips from designated stops cost from 75 cents to $1.75 each way. Curbside service is $1.60 to $3.20 each way. All trips require advance reservations.

AMORE | When the moon hits your eye, like a big pizza pie, better make sure you made your reservation on this innovative app serving Rita Ranch, Civano, Pima Community College East and select parts of Vail. That’s because 8 p.m. is the nightly deadline for the next-day trip reservations that power this service. Through the reservation system, an AMORE car/van driver is assigned to take you to your destination or to help close “last-mile” gaps you have in getting to a bus stop along the transit route that reaches your destination. If another AMORE passenger will be going your way at the same time, you could be paired up for ridesharing.

The first two weeks of service are free. Standard fares range from $2.50 to $4.00 per trip depending on frequency of use. The more you ride with AMORE, the lower your fares.

 

Who cares about our air? Be featured in Sun Rideshare News!

Former UCLA basketball coach John Wooden once said, “Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.” These are great words to live by when trying to shift commuter culture away from driving alone toward sharing the ride, walking, biking or using transit services. Instead of focusing on what you can’t offer as an employer, think about what you can offer—then go for it.

Can you offer a monthly pizza party for bus riders? Nice! Designated parking spots for carpoolers? Sweet! A couple of movie passes for the carpool of the month? That helps!

Tell us about your company’s travel-reduction efforts, big or small, and get the recognition you deserve for striving to make a difference in our region. Your organization could be selected to be featured in Brands That Care about Our Air in a future issue of Sun Rideshare News. The feature will be seen by thousands of readers throughout Pima County, shared on social media, and appreciated by other companies looking for practical ways to do their share for clean air.

*The Travel Reduction Program (TRP) is a program of Pima Association of Governments (PAG).

TRP Employee Survey update

The TRP Employee Survey recently received a behind-the-scenes overhaul to improve the way the survey data is processed and tabulated. Sound like a snore? It’s not. The revamp indirectly affects just about everyone’s lives in our region. That’s because area transportation planners and modelers rely on data from the survey to properly plan. The quality of the data factors into the quality of their work, which can eventually affect things such as air quality and how easily you can get to where you need to go.

How the data is used

With a sample size of 60,000 commuters, transportation planners use the TRP Employee Survey data to estimate travel time and demand on area roadways. Transit planners look at it when evaluating present and proposed transit routes and schedules. Environmental planners depend on it to estimate the emission reductions from various alternative transportation modes.

The case for responding electronically

It is important that area employers strive to reach a 50 percent response rate at their workplace to assure the data is representative of the entire workforce. PAG encourages all employers to submit the survey electronically, because it is so much easier and faster, and there are validation checks built into the online system. PAG will loan laptops upon request to help employers administer the survey.

 
Upcoming Transportation Coordinator Training: TRP Fundamentals Webinar

March 7, 2019, 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. 

  • TRP requirements
  • Best practices for administering the annual Employee Survey
  • Completing the annual Activity Inventory Report
  • Resources and tools available on the Sun Rideshare website
  • Sun Rideshare interactive carpool matching
  • Vanpool program

Register now for the webinar

Audio Call: (520) 792-1094
Conference Number: 55482# 

TRP Employer Award winners announced

Each month, Sun Rideshare recognizes TRP companies for meeting specific goals, such as increasing alternative mode usage among their employees by two percentage points. View the companies recently recognized for meeting monthly goals.

In January and July of each year, Sun Rideshare also recognizes TRP companies for meeting ANNUAL goals. View the companies recently recognized for meeting annual goals. Awards were based on goals met from July 2018 through December 2018.

 


Ask a Transit Planner

Question: My wife and I have long used mass transit to commute because we care about the environment, but we prefer a rural setting for our home life. As we look to buy a home in the suburbs, how can we find out whether transit services will eventually expand to some of the areas we find most attractive?

Answer: “If you build it, they will come” was a great line in the movie Field of Dreams, but it’s not so simple when it comes to transit planning. In our region, supply (of transit) traditionally has been built in response to existing demand (for transit) rather than forecasts for future growth or development. If you build 15 multifamily housing units, for example, then build more houses across the road, then build even more across the road, and then heightened traffic and demand for transit follows, then that’s a kind of pain point that tells transit planners, “This might be a good place to invest in transit expansion should funding become available for expansion.”

So, if you’re home-hunting in a rural or suburban area that currently does not have transit service, your best bet may be to look at what park-and-ride lots are in the area. The other thing to know is that PAG, in partnership with the City of Tucson, is currently working with public input and an international transit-planning firm on drafting a long-range regional transit plan, a comprehensive effort not undertaken in our region for many years. You can follow our progress, including public involvement opportunities, here.

Answers provided by our team of professional transit planners at Pima Association of Governments.

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Need an article for your company/neighborhood newsletter? All articles in Sun Rideshare News are available for non-commercial reuse. When you reuse an article, please ensure that all links remain active, all photo attributions remain intact, and attribution is given as follows: Published courtesy of Pima Association of Governments. 

Interested in having your company sponsor TRP incentive programs? For more information on how your company can sponsor TRP incentive programs, contact Mary Carter, PAG Director of Engagement and Partnerships, at mcarter@pagregion.com.

Si necesita ayuda con traducción, llame por favor al (520) 792-1093 y comuníquese con Nathan Barrett.



 

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