The N.C. Department of Transportation is encouraging commuters to Share the Ride by using carpools or vanpools, walking running or using mass transit.

Department officials said that by sharing a ride, there will be fewer cars on the road, and that will reduce congestion, harmful emissions and road wear. Commuters will save money and reduce stress.

For commuters interested in sharing a ride registration information is available at www.ShareTheRideNC.org. Commuters can get a list of others drivers who have similar commutes and are interested in sharing a ride.

In addition, commuters in the Triad can sign up for the Emergency Ride Home program. It provides ride sharers with a ride home in the event of an emergency.

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