Rachel and I are on the go a lot. This morning I am in Dallas, having dropped Rachel at DFW for a flight to Atlanta. I am early for a three day meeting in Dallas that begins at noon.
A year and a half ago we downsized to one car. The previous year we had each put at least 30,000 miles on our cars separately. In the past year, we have driven a combined total of under 30K. So we have cut our gas, insurance, and car payments (as of last month, the car we share is paid off), and we have seriously reduced the miles we drive, and thus our emissions.
I’m still looking for ways to improve this. When we have needed another ride, one of us has rented a car – this has proven far cheaper for us than owning two.
Now I’m happy to share these other transportation options with you: Zimride and Carticipate. Both have Facebook and iphone apps. These are services designed to connect people who are going to same place, and thus reduce the number of vehicles making these trips. I registered an upcoming trip with zimride this morning.
Until we can change the culture in the United States toward more and more effective public transportation. These and other such programs are a good start.