South Florida is home to the 5th most congested roadways in the nation. This should come as no surprise to local commuters, who spend an average of one hour and 48 minutes to travel routes that should only take 30 minutes.
While the cost of traffic congestion can take a big bite out of commuters' time and budget, there are more options than ever before to ease the burden of commuting through alternative modes of transportation.
In recognition of Earth Month and to educate and encourage commuters throughout the region to try modes of transportation other than driving alone, the Florida Department of Transportation and its transportation partners are hosting the South Florida Commuter Challenge during the month of April.
South Florida Commuter Services (SFCS), a program of the Florida Department of Transportation, provides assistance to commuters, businesses, government agencies and municipalities in Miami-Dade, Broward, Monroe, Palm Beach, Martin and St. Lucie counties.
SFCS's main mission is to reduce peak-hour trips and improve South Florida traffic conditions by promoting alternatives to driving alone.
SFCS promotes the use of alternatives to single-occupancy vehicle travel through free transportation programs and services such as carpool ride-matching, transit trip planning, 95 Express assistance and the Emergency Ride Home Program.
For more information on the program, please visit: www.1800234ride.com.