Carpooling battling traffic congestion

Carpooling: Battling Traffic Congestion

We have all been stuck in traffic, and we all know what it is like to dread the 8am and 5pm rush-hour.  Across cities in America we hear city governments’ plans to help deal with traffic congestion: new roads, new highways, and better sign systems are in demand.  But a simple solution – one that is available to all of us – is to start carpooling.
Now that we live in an age where everyone owns their own vehicle, it is difficult to abandon the independence of driving yourself to work, school, or wherever you need to be.  But traffic congestion has become so bad in some areas that people are turning to carpooling as a more convenient method of commuting to work.  Everyone benefits from this situation.  With fewer cars on the roads, there is less congestion and the roads are safer.  Everyone arrives where they need to be in a timelier manner.
This is especially notable in areas outside of big cities where congestion can be particularly troublesome.  There is an increase in carpool commuters, for example, coming from the suburbs of New York.  Thousands of carpoolers come in from New Jersey and Long Island each day.  Their decision to carpool not only makes the highways less congested (and therefore safer), but it also relieves pressures on parking in the city.  Gas and parking costs can be shared, saving the carpoolers money.  The carpool option provides commuters with the convenience of driving a car to work and door-to-door service, but at half the cost.
Establishing an effective carpool is not always easy.  It can be difficult to find commuters who share your schedule and destination.  But thanks to websites such as MyCasualCarpool commuters with compatible routes can easily find one another.   A network is provided so that the process of finding people to share a ride with is no longer a hassle, but a simple click away.  Services like this one help to encourage more commuters to abandon their private vehicles in favor of a type of transportation more beneficial to the community at large.

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