“Get There” gives local people a way to match with a carpool partner and plan trips, reducing the need to drive alone
Media Contact: Pat Walsh
A new tool to help match carpool partners who want to share the ride is available to residents throughout Lane County. Get There is a new web-based tool that matches drivers with riders and helps people plan trips by transit, walking, and bicycling. This new tool is replacing “Drive Less Connect,” the state of Oregon’s former carpool matching tool.
By typing in a starting point and destination at GetThereOregon.org, users are matched with either a passenger or a driver looking to share a ride. Using the tool helps travelers share the cost of transportation, and also reduces greenhouse gas emissions that harm the environment by eliminating the need to drive alone.
“Our goal is to help people have more choices for the way they travel,” said ODOT Highway Division Administrator Kris Strickler. “With more options, we usually see fewer vehicles on the road – and that means less congestion and frustration for everyone.”
Get There also provides users with information about vanpools for popular commutes, like between Eugene and Salem.
“Get There is an opportunity to join with like-minded people to make a difference in the health of our communities,” said Aurora Jackson, LTD’s general manager. “By riding the bus, carpooling or traveling by another sustainable mode of transportation, individuals and communities can make a difference in reducing greenhouse gases released into the atmosphere as well as vehicle congestion.”
In October, Get There will host the annual Get There Challenge, formerly the Oregon Drive Less Challenge. This year’s challenge will feature a range of prizes for people who live or work in Oregon to log trips made without driving alone. Sponsors include Providence Health & Services and Bike Friday with local sponsors including Unique Eugene, University of Oregon, Valley Vanpool, and Dutch Bros. More details will be announced in summer 2019.