Thursday, June 24, 1999

Shared rides to cost less, be expanded

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Starting July 1, people who want to start new van pools to commute to and from work will pay 50 percent less in fares. Existing van pools will see a 25 percent fare reduction.

        RideShare, the car pool and van pool service of the Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments, will be able to offer the reduced fares through June 2002 thanks to a federal grant.

        Current van pool riders will also receive $100 for every new rider they recruit to fill an empty seat. The new passenger will receive $100 if he stays with the van pool for three months.

        There are 17 existing van pools. Riders pay a monthly fare to cover the use of a van, gasoline and insurance. Prices vary depending on how many people are in the van and how far it travels. For example, commuters coming from Middletown to downtown in a van pay $75 each month for the service, said Amy Shaw, RideShare's marketing coordinator.

        The reduced fares are an effort to ease traffic congestion and improve air quality in Greater Cincinnati.

        For information about van pooling, call RideShare at (800) 241-RIDE.


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