Reducing traffic congestion in the greater Tucson region continues to be a performance goal of Pima Association of Governments to support safe travel and enhance air quality.
PAG established its Travel Reduction Program in the late 1980s to manage travel demand across the region by providing area employers with the resources and tools to encourage employees to rideshare or use other modes of travel to reduce the number of vehicles on the road.
Carpooling and vanpooling are great ridesharing options. Transit services and biking or walking to work on short commutes are alternative travel choices that will help reduce traffic congestion, energy consumption and pollution.
Employers with 100 or more full-time equivalent employees are required to participate in the Travel Reduction Program. Other employers may volunteer to participate. Companies required to participate in the program need to assign a transportation coordinator who will complete a travel reduction Activity Inventory Report, distribute an Annual Employee Survey and distribute travel reduction information and materials to employees.
PAG promotes travel reduction through Sun Rideshare, its free commuter assistance program. The many free services offered by Sun Rideshare allow people to review all their transportation options and make educated choices for their commute. Sun Rideshare’s free online carpool and vanpool interactive matching system also has information on transit routes, convenient park-and-ride lots and even low-traffic bicycle routes.
When workers have reliable transportation options, businesses have a more productive and stable workforce.
PAG’s staff are available to connect with employer-designated transportation coordinators to support development of workplace travel-demand strategies. Through one-on-one consultation, PAG staff are available to assist with program planning; provide information about the Sun Rideshare services including transit schedules, bike maps and program brochures, and offer training for employee outreach.