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August 2, 2017

Lisa Kay Schweyer, CommuteInfo Program Manager

Wednesday, August 2, 2017
 Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission
(412) 391-5590 x375;

Helping Employees Get to their Jobs at the Pittsburgh International Airport

[ Download the PDF version of this press release here. ]

PITTSBURGH, PA The Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission (SPC) is happy to welcome a new vanpool group to its CommuteInfo Program – helping commuters traveling to work from Columbiana, Ohio, to the Pittsburgh International Airport.

Dawn Remish, the group’s coordinator, said they knew of others who vanpooled, and wanted to find out how they could too.  So they connected with CommuteInfo and now they are getting their group started.

The group of 7 people travel over a 90-mile round trip to and from work each day.  And until now, all those miles had been put on their individual vehicles, and they had been incurring the costs of gas, vehicle maintenance, insurance, tires, etc.  Now the group members will be saving on the costs and miles, saving enough miles in one month, that they could have driven across the United States 4 times!

“It might just be the start of even more people wanting to share their rides and form new groups traveling to the airport” says Lisa Kay Schweyer, the Program Manager for the CommuteInfo Program.

CommuteInfo helps provide a turn-key vanpool service to groups interested in sharing their rides.  A group of at least six people who live and work near each other and have a similar commuting schedule is all it takes to get started. 

The group then decides the times they will travel, whether they listen to music during their trip, etc.  The all-volunteer group includes people who help share the driving and those who ride. 

Commuters and employers wanting to learn more about vanpooling should contact CommuteInfo at 1-888-819-6110.

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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