Mark Svenvold, professor at Seton Hall, published this article on the phenomenon of casual carpooling for Orion Magazine. This piece explores how startups like Carma Carpooling are building public private partnerships to address America’s congestion problems. In addition to interviews and commentary from industry leaders, Orion magazine put together a great slide show on commuting in America. It is Orion’s fundamental conviction that humans are morally responsible for the world in which we live, and that the individual comes to sense this responsibility as he or she develops a personal bond with nature.
Mark Jones of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC 511.org) covers the real-time ridesharing Carma project in the San Francisco East Bay. Funded by the Federal Government, MTC awarded Sonoma, Marin and Contra Costa counties a Climate Mitigation Grant (CMAQ) to expand casual carpooling into the suburbs. This is a behind the scenes look at the program through the eyes of two commuters that use Carma to commute from Walnut Creek into Bishop Ranch employment center in San Ramon, CA.
Andra Lim of the Austin American Statesman covers the launch of Carma Carpooling in Austin Texas. A public private partnership with TxDOT Texas Department of Transportation, CTRMA Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority and TTI Texas A&M Transportation Institute. The project was launched in February 2014 to increase passenger throughput along toll road 183A. The Carma App provides vehicle occupancy to the Texas TxTag toll billing system, and users receive rebates from 50% to 100% for HOV 3+ carpools.