Average commuter wastes 38 hours per year in traffic and 19 extra gallons of fuel.*
Congestion costs the average commuter an extra $818 annually.*
The CommuteSmart program began in Birmingham, Alabama as a solution to growing traffic congestion. As an alternative to a single occupied vehicle, the program provides commuters with the tools for ridematching and starting carpools. The various services available help commuters lower their personal commuting expense, reduce the wear and tear on their personal vehicles, and lessen their level of stress traveling back and forth to work each day.
In 2005, the Regional Planning Commission of Greater Birmingham and the Mobile Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) began looking at expanding the CommuteSmart program to the entire State of Alabama. Mobile was one of the first cities to join the program.
CommuteSmart offers commuters free online ridematching, carpool services, the Emergency Ride Home program and more. Find out how this local rideshare program supports and encourages working commuters in their efforts to find a smarter way to work!