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May 4, 2017

Lisa Kay Schweyer, CommuteInfo Program Manager

Thursday, May 4, 2017
 Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission
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SPC Collecting Commuting Stories

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PITTSBURGH, PA ‚ÄĒ The Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission (SPC) is encouraging all commuters in Southwestern Pennsylvania to learn more about commuting options available in our region.¬† To focus attention on available commuting alternatives, SPC has proclaimed May to be CommuteInfo Commute Options Awareness Month.¬† During May, SPC’s CommuteInfo program is promoting the benefits of alternatives to driving alone.¬† The goal of SPC’s CommuteInfo program is for commuters in Southwestern Pennsylvania to choose ridesharing at least twice a week.

CommuteInfo helps contribute to enhancing the overall environmental and economic sustainability of our region by helping regional commuters choose a more sustainable commute, while connecting with jobs.

Over 75% of the workers in the SPC region drive alone to work.  If fewer commuters drove alone, there would be less traffic congestion and the air would be cleaner.  And commuters could save money.  Alternatives to driving alone, like vanpooling, carpooling, using public transit or biking to work, are just a few of the ways to lower the cost of commuting. 

In 2016, the over 1,200 participants in CommuteInfo’s vanpool and registered carpool programs resulted in nearly 228,000 fewer single-occupant vehicle round trips made by participants.¬† If each participant had an average 15-mile one-way commute (30 miles round trip), over 6,800,400 fewer vehicle miles were driven in the region last year.¬† That adds up to over 36 million fewer vehicle miles over the past 5 years!

For more information about CommuteInfo and commuter alternatives, please visit, or call toll free 1-888-819-6110.

Additional Background:

The Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission (SPC) is the region's forum for collaboration, planning and public decision-making. As the designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for the ten-county region including the City of Pittsburgh and the counties of Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Lawrence, Washington, and Westmoreland, SPC is responsible for planning and prioritizing the use of all state and federal transportation funds allocated to the region. As the Local Development District (LDD) and Economic Development District for Southwestern Pennsylvania (as designated by the U.S. Appalachian Regional Commission and the U.S. Department of Commerce), SPC establishes regionaleconomic development priorities and provides a wide range of public services to the region.

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