Promoting Sustainability through Ridesharing

Why share the ride? Ridesharing or “carpooling” helps cut transportation costs, congestion, and air pollution. These issues are ongoing and constantly growing. At a recent meeting about issues in the community, Senator Bill Ketron stated that he has to leave 15 minutes earlier to get from Murfreesboro to Nashville compared to last year. The thought of having to sit in traffic 15 minutes longer every year sounds like there is definitely a problem that needs to be resolved.

The meeting also discussed the transportation budget. The budget shows that we will constantly be behind the transportation problems, so it would be best if the population could do something to help the city reduce this ever-growing dilemma. Traffic congestion cost Nashville $1 billion in 2014. Nashville is the ninth fastest growing big city in the US. Imagine how much Nashville and the congestion have grown since then.

There is so much more pollution in Nashville, especially air pollution, partly due to its growth. All the toxins put into the air by on-going traffic is creating a smog. It is up to our community to keep Nashville as clean as possible.  The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) are concerned. The US is the largest consumer of energy in terms of transportation energy. Gas is a non-renewable resource. As much as it seems like a small step, ridesharing can reduce the risk of the gas crisis coming sooner. For example, four people travel from A to B every day. It takes them about a quarter gallon of gasoline per head to travel from A to B every day; that is around 5.5 gallons of gasoline per head per month, or 22 gallons of gasoline per month, or around 250 gallons a year. However, if the four people opted for carpooling, they would consume only a fourth of the total amount of gasoline; that is only around 60 gallons a year! This is just using one group of carpoolers. If there were even just 10 groups of people to do this same thing, that's 160 gallons saved a year. You can save a lot of fuel by carpooling, and that is surely a good thing for the environment 

Just by using these 3 main issues, there are several ways ridesharing can make a difference for a more sustainable environment in our community. Several other benefits would be saving travel cost, having company on long commutes, and fewer accidents, just to name a few more.