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Free online tool matches people with places
01/10/2012
ODOT and transportation partners across the state have launched a free online tool called Drive Less Connect that can help match people who want to use alternative transportation options. The goal is to provide additional transportation options and cut commute costs by matching up drivers with like-minded people going the same direction.

 
“Drive Less Connect is an easy-to-use, secure tool that area commuters can use for free. It offers a variety of features, including the ability to match up in carpools and vanpools through worksite and community networks and to track dollar savings,” said Michael Ward, Administrator of ODOT’s Public Transit Division.
 
The Drive Less Connect tool allows people to register online and connect in real time with others who already use carpools or vanpools for work and play.  
ODOT is working with regional partners throughout the state to consolidate local efforts and help maximize efficiency and broaden the program’s reach.
 
“Through Drive Less Connect, we are able to expand statewide what many local communities had already been offering, a means of matching people interested in carpooling, vanpooling and other alternatives.  Now, we can provide a more universal approach and better address regional travel,” Ward said. 
 
Drive Less Connect is part of a shared platform used by Idaho, Oregon and Washington. This regional alternative transportation tool allows users to search for and enroll in ridesharing opportunities that cross state or regional borders.
 
Drive Less Connect is part of Oregon’s Drive Less Save More campaign, which encourages people to think before they drive, avoid trips when possible, and change driving to reduce congestion and air quality issues. The campaign encourages Oregonians to use transportation options such as carpooling, vanpooling, transit, bicycling, walking and telecommuting.