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City Official Hopes to Encourage More Carpooling in the San Antonio Area

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News 4 San Antonio reports that 80 percent of drivers in the area drive to work alone. In order to decrease traffic, the need for gasoline, and to help the environment, District 4 Councilman Rey Saldana and District 7 Councilwoman Ana Sandoval want to encourage drivers to try public transportation or carpooling/ride sharing. This will include increasing public transportation options and creating programs to get people comfortable with other options.

According to RideBuzz.org, a nonprofit that connects people with ridesharing options, “…ridesharing is a proven way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that lead to global warming, and provides ‘greener’ transportation options to meet your communities’ needs. By simply sharing rides, consolidating passengers into fewer vehicles, we can save on fuel costs and drastically reduce carbon dioxide emissions with cost-effective investments towards our transportation infrastructure.”

Even though there are benefits to sharing rides, Americans don’t necessarily see them as enough to take the plunge of changing up their routine. Fortune suggests that driving oneself is too easy and cheap in the U.S. as opposed to other countries where ride sharing is more common. But San Antonio officials hope to make carpooling more appealing so roads don’t overcrowd soon due to an increase in population.