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.
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 May.
Joining the Challenge is easy! Simply download the free RideFlag mobile app from the App Store or Google Play to log alternative mode trips from May 1st to May 31st.
The app will allow you to set your route and mode type and prompt you to “tap in” and “tap out” as you begin and end your commute. You may set trips manually or select from Google Transit recommendations. Trips can be scheduled in advance and on a recurring basis. The app will also display the real-time personal cost savings and environmental impact of your logged mileage.
Explore your options and join the Challenge today! Every mile saved is a mile closer to a better South Florida!
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.
The 2017 Commuter Challenge highlighted the benefits of carpooling, taking public transit options, biking and walking. We urge everyone to make use of alternative transportation to help reduce traffic congestion and environmental impact. If you're interested in carpooling, please download the free RideFlag mobile app which allows you to carpool on demand.