In this article in the Earth Week series, Kelly Dixon of the Greater Buffalo Niagara Regional Transportation Council shares how the website, GoodGoingWNY.com, benefits drivers looking to save money and help the environment.
Whether your daily commute is 10 miles or 50 miles, you and your wallet are probably feeling the strain of higher fuel prices. For those who are looking to go green and save a little green, Good Going WNY is a free website for travelers and other ride-seekers to find transportation alternatives, including carpooling, the location of park and ride lots, taking the bus or Metrorail, and bicycling.
This Earth Day, join the thousands of registered users on Good Going WNY and explore the various transportation options to driving alone. Good Going WNY is a secure website that is designed to serve as a resource for employers and residents in the region to help discover their local alternative transportation choices.
Hal Morse, Executive Director of the Greater Buffalo Niagara Regional Transportation Council (GBNRTC) noted that, “Employers and commuters asked for this capability and we delivered. Workers at large companies will benefit the most since it’s nearly impossible to know everyone there and how they are getting to work. This bridges that gap by linking employees going to a common location at a similar time.” Good Going WNY also features a specialized module allowing employers to register their business location thereby allowing their employees to restrict carpool matches to only people within their company.
The cross-cutting benefits of carpooling, include saving employees money by reducing commuting costs, allowing employers more flexibility in meeting parking needs, and improving overall air quality by taking single-occupant vehicles off the road. If you are one of the 82 percent of the 520,350 people who commute to work in the Buffalo-Niagara region alone and are interested in carpooling, registering for the site is easy. In addition, Smart phone users will be able to take advantage of a new Good Going WNY application to be launched this summer that will allow users to find ride matches in real time on their mobile device.
For more information on carpooling and to find a carpool match—for Earth Day and beyond—visit www.goodgoingwny.com and click on your preferred travel option. Step-by-step instructions will guide you through the registration process and assist you in finding your personalized best alternatives. So, get registered and get going!