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  • Vote for Your Favorite Traffic Reporter

    Rideshare Week kicks off on Monday,

    Oct. 2 with the announcement of the Golden

    Pylon winnersthe Southern California on-air

    traffic reporters who go the extra mile to mention

    ridesharing and Rideshare Thursday as part of

    their traffic reports.

    We need your help picking this years

    Golden Pylon recipients.

    Do you have a favorite TV or radio reporter

    (or two) who helps spread the word about

    alternatives to driving alone? Let us know! As a

    thank you for your vote, youll also be entered

    into a drawing for a $25 gift card.

    Cast your vote by Friday, Sept. 15.

    Rideshare News for Southern California Employee Transportation Coordinators (ETCs)

    September/October 2017

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    Go Green,Save GreenIts Easy Being Green During Rideshare Week, Oct. 2-6

    Want your employees to try

    ridesharing? Theres no better

    opportunity than Rideshare

    Week, Oct. 2-6.

    This year, the campaign

    theme is Go Green, Save

    Green, stressing the clean air

    and money saving benefits of

    sharing the ride.

    Throughout the week,

    thousands of Southern

    Californians will make the pledge

    to carpool, vanpool, ride bus/

    rail, bike or walk instead of driving

    alone. When they do, theyll not only

    discover a better way to get to work,

    but they may also qualify to win great prizes.

    More than an awareness campaign, Rideshare Week focuses on action by motivating people to

    rideshare that very week. It can actually convert solo drivers into ridesharers.

    Your county rideshare agencies have lots planned so you can get employees to participate, including

    providing ways to pledge, prizes, campaign materials, social media support and more.

    To find out whats happening near you,

    click here.


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    (Continued on page 4)

    Rideshare Week Events >

    1. Hang posters

    and distribute

    flyers promoting

    Rideshare Week

    check with your

    county rideshare

    agency for campaign materials.

    2. Send employees an email with a link to pledge

    or register to share the ride for a chance to win


    3. Greet ridesharers

    at the entrance in

    the morning with

    coffee, bagels,

    juice, etc.

    4. Borrow a tip from the

    popular I Voted

    stickers and create stickers

    that say, I Carpooled

    Today or I Shared the

    Ride for Rideshare Week.

    5. Honor commuters of the year, selecting

    employees with the best rideshare track records

    for special recognition or perks.

    6. Offer the chance

    to win a prize

    to any current

    ridesharer who

    recruits a new one.

    7. For many companies, its a Rideshare Week

    tradition to hold a rideshare fair but if youre

    short on time and/ or funds, consider a mini

    fair. Staff a table and lure employees in with

    small treats, giveaways and/or an activity where

    they can win prizes. Then if possible, sign them

    up for Rideshare Week and your rideshare


    7 Easy Things You Can Do for Rideshare Week

    Theres still plenty of time to plan a Rideshare Week promotion for your employees. Here, we offer

    seven ideas that can have a big impact, yet can be done with limited staff hours and without busting your

    rideshare budget.

    We Asked ETCsWhats something you like to do at your company to celebrate Rideshare Week?

    Recognize all employees who carpool, vanpool, bike, walk

    and use our transportation

    systems (bus, Metrolink, and/or

    Metrorail) with a certificate

    and ice cream sundae. Charita Crawford, Los Angeles County Child Support Services Department

    Kinecta Federal Credit Union posts

    Rideshare Week information on

    the company Intranet, along with

    holding a drawing for a $50 gas

    card. To promote the Go Green,

    Save Green theme, ETC Tracey

    Hill suggests employers also post

    clean-air statistics and what we can do to prevent

    pollution. Another idea: add hashtags such as

    #LetsClearTheAir and #GoGreenToBreatheClean

    We send emails to promote Rideshare Week and to encourage our agents to pledge to

    rideshare to receive a gift provided by our

    company,says Laura Devito with Automobile Club of Southern California. 2 September/October

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    Rideshare Week is Oct. 2-6heres whats happening near you.

    Throughout Southern CaliforniaMetrolink will kick off Rideshare Week with a Facebook contest on Oct. 2,

    giving out a free family 4-Pack of round-trip tickets. For details and a chance to

    win, like Metrolink on Facebook.

    The Golden Pylon Award winners will be announced Oct. 2, honoring traffic

    reporters who help spread the word about ridesharing on TV and the radio.

    (You can help choose this years recipients by casting your vote by Sept. 15.)

    Los AngelesIn Los Angeles, Rideshare Week

    also goes by the name Shared

    Mobility Week. When people

    pledge to carpool, vanpool, ride

    bus or rail, bike or walk during the

    week, theyll qualify to win prizes.

    How to pledge: Commuters

    simply log in to use the Commute

    Calendar at ridematch.info and

    register how they got to work each

    daythe more times they share the

    ride, the more chances they have

    to win.

    Prizes: Prizes include Macys gift

    cards, an Apple iPad, iWatch, Beats

    Wireless Head Sets, getaways at the

    Langham Huntington and Queen Mary, AAA memberships and dozens more.

    How employers get promotional materials: Metro offers posters, flyers

    and pledge cards at metro.net/riding/rideshare/ where you can also request

    goodies and giveaways for your employees (while supplies last).

    Getting event updates: For ongoing information on Rideshare Week

    events and contests, subscribe to Metros The Source, and follow Metro on

    Twitter and Facebook.

    OrangeOrange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) is encouraging people to

    go green as often as possible, so every day you share the ride increases your

    chances to win prizes.

    Pledge: Fill out a pledge card at octa.net/rideshareweek for one entry

    into the drawing to win an iPad and some instant win prizes.

    Track: Track your green trips on the ridematch.info calendar. Each green

    trip is an additional entry into the iPad drawing.

    Perks for employers: The Orange County company with the highest

    percentage of its workforce

    logging commutes during

    Rideshare Week will win either

    a $100 gift card or paid national

    Best Workplaces for Commuters

    designation and membership

    depending on eligibility.

    How employers get

    promotional materials: Contact

    OCTA at 714.560.5331 or email


    Getting event updates:

    For ongoing information on

    Rideshare Week and events and

    contests, follow OCTA on Twitter,

    Facebook and YouTube.

    Whats Happening for Rideshare Week

    (Continued on page 4)

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    Inland Empire commuters can win

    any of more than 100 prizes when

    they make the pledge to share the

    ride during Rideshare Week.

    How to pledge: There are

    three ways to make the pledge:

    1) online at IECommuter.org/

    gogreensavegreen, 2) filling out

    and turning in a pledge card at the

    worksite or via mail or 3) calling

    1.866.RIDESHARE (866.743.3742). Plus

    log trips for an extra chance to win a

    La-Z-Boy recliner.

    Prizes: Participants can win a

    variety of great prizes including

    Rainforest Caf dining credits, fishing

    or whale watching trips from Dana Wharf, vacations, gift cards, electronics

    and more.

    How employers get promotional materials: Contact your IE Commuter

    team to request posters (pictured above), flyers, and Go Green, Save Green

    clip art, via email at rideshareweek@iecommuter.org or phone at

    1.866.RIDESHARE (866.743.3742) to request materials.

    VenturaWhen Ventura County commuters pledge to go green, theyll not only

    save green, but theyll qualify to win prizes.

    How to pledge: Ridesharers can pledge online at goventura.org, or

    employers can hand out paper pledge cards (available from Ventura County

    Transportation Commission).

    Prizes: Once

    employees make the

    pledge, theyll qualify to

    win gift cards and other


    How employers get

    promotional materials:

    Download posters, flyers,

    tip sheets and pledge

    cards at goventura.org.

    Getting event

    updates: Follow VCTC on

    Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

    Whats Happening for Rideshare Week (Continued from page 3)

    We had (and can have again) a lunch for employees who are considering carpools, says Eileen OBrien,

    ETC for Archdiocesan Catholic Center. To organize

    the lunch, she got a list of home zip codes from

    human resources and identified which had the highest

    concentration of employees, an idea she got from

    fellow ETC Imelda Bermejo. Staffers who lived in or near those zip codes

    were invited to a get-together lunch. Even if people did not want to

    carpool, I advised them to come to meet their neighbors, just in case

    their car breaks down and they need a ride to work

    one day.An idea from Hsiao-Ching Chen with Los Angeles

    County to drive home the go green theme for

    Rideshare Week: Invite EV car companies to be at the

    rideshare fair.

    We Asked ETCs (Continued from page 2)

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    Los Angeles

    Theres a New Place to Buy TAP CardsCheck It Out

    Theres nothing like a good book

    to pass the time on bus or rail. While

    youre checking out a book at the L.A.

    County library, you may be able to

    buy or load a TAP card as well. TAP

    vendor services are now available

    during regular hours at 35 libraries.

    For a list of participating libraries,

    visit colapublib.org/tap.

    TAP cards are a form of electronic

    fare that allows users to

    ride and transfer between

    Metro and 23 other transit

    providers. For a listing

    of all TAP vendor

    locations, or to buy/

    load a TAP card

    online, visit taptogo.net.

    Does LAs Transit System Have the Muscle to Handle Olympics Traffic?

    Los Angeles is gearing up to likely

    host the Olympic and Paralympic

    games in

    2028. Along

    with the

    glory of

    the games

    will come

    an influx of


    and all the

    traffic theyll


    Is LAs

    bus and rail

    system up to the task of helping ease

    the burden of so many people on the

    roads and freeways?

    Metros The Source blog recently

    took a peek at what the transit system

    might look like in 11 years. Changes

    include more miles of Metro rail,

    several connectors that allow for faster

    transfers between lines and a station

    that will be a transfer point

    to LAX.

    Read more about the

    Olympics and transit here.

    OrangeMore Parking Coming to Orange Transportation Center

    Good news for people who pick up

    Metrolink or a bus from the Orange

    Transportation Center: More parking

    is on the way.

    Construction began last month

    on a multi-level parking structure

    to replace the existing lot. Upon

    completion in late 2018, the structure

    will offer 611 spaces500 of which

    are dedicated to people transferring

    to the train. This will nearly triple the

    amount of parking for transit riders

    from whats available currently.

    The Orange Transportation Center

    is at 130 N. Lemon Street in Orange,

    near Old Towne Orange.

    OCTA Wants Your Feedback on Bus and Bike Needs

    Orange County Transportation

    Authority is inviting you let them

    know what changes you do (and

    dont) want to see in bus service,

    roads and biking/walking facilities

    in the county.

    A round of service changes on

    OC Bus are planned for February,

    including reducing service


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    on some lines and increasing it on

    others. Weigh in on the proposed

    changes at a public meeting Sept. 25

    at OCTA Headquarters in Orange, or

    fill in an online survey at octa.net.

    OCTA is also developing a plan to

    make it easier to bike and walk and

    wants your input. To take a survey and

    help shape active transportation in

    the OC, click here.

    Riverside/ San BernardinoI-10 Express Lanes Get the Go-Ahead

    A project that will add two

    express lanes to the I-10 through San

    Bernardino Valley got the go-ahead

    in July from San Bernardino County

    Transportation Authoritys board of


    The decision comes after 10 years

    of planning to identify the best way

    to address congestion on a highly

    trafficked section of freeway that

    carries roughly a quarter-million

    vehicles and 20,000 trucks daily.

    When complete, express lanes

    will run 33 miles from the LA County

    line in Montclair to Ford Street in

    Redlands. Construction is expected

    to start in late 2018, with a partial

    opening in 2022.

    For project updates and details

    on the I-10 Corridor Project, visit


    Get Metrolinks 91/Perris Discount While It Lasts

    To encourage ridership on its

    recently opened extension to Perris,

    Metrolink is offering discount fares

    through Nov. 25.

    Riders traveling the 91/Perris

    Valley line to or from stations outside

    of Riverside County can travel the

    extension portion of the trip for free.

    If youre traveling within the county

    and your route...


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