Transportation

Houston Commuters Encouraged To Share The Ride In 2015

Transportation planners say commuters can save lots of money if they try something different.

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As you’re putting together your New Year’s resolutions, you may want to think about changing your commuting habits.

The Houston-Galveston Area Council says about 80% of the region’s commuters drive to work by themselves. In 2015, the organzation hopes to cut that number by 12% to 15%.

Alleviating congestion is one of the goals but there’s also the issue of air quality.

H-GAC’s Veronica Baxter-Lamb says if you want to change your commute in the new year, you have lots of options. You can try riding the bus, either on a local route or from a park-and-ride. She says if you commute from the outlying areas, you can ride with a co-worker, or join a vanpool.

“Even getting your employer to agree to allow you to telework from home even one or two days a week.”

And Baxter-Lamb says when you leave your car at home, the savings can really add up.

“If you’re vanpooling you can save as much as $6500 a year on gasoline and other expenses, and this includes your maintenance and your car insurance.”

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Gail Delaughter

Gail Delaughter

Transportation Reporter

From early-morning interviews with commuters to walks through muddy construction sites, Gail covers all aspects of getting around Houston. That includes walking, driving, cycling, taking the bus, and occasionally flying. Before she became transportation reporter in 2011, Gail hosted weekend programs for Houston Public Media. She's also covered courts in...

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