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December 2012 Blog posts

Share the love with Pace RideShare

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Pace RideShare helps commuters reduce traffic congestion by driving together.

MPC Research Assistant Andrew Matsas authored this post Ride sharing has been establishing itself as a credible alternative for commutes where driving alone would otherwise seem like the only option available. Chicagoland is helping spread the love with its own rideshare service: Pace RideShare. The program, operated by Pace Suburban Bus, is one of the country’s leaders in ridesharing, giving employees and residents of Chicago and the greater metropolitan area alike a platform to aid in the formation of carpools and vanpools. Free to the public, commuters register online to find matching drivers with similar routes and schedules. Commuters can set multiple preferences to filter matches, such as non-smoking vehicles and commuting only with coworkers. The site currently has over…

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Track your trips, win prizes with DriveLessLiveMore

Chicago area commuters recognize the value in leaving their car behind for the ride to work. Whether they want time on the train to read a book or the extra exercise that comes with biking, the incentives are numerous. Now, through a partnership of RTA and the Active Transportation Alliance, commuters have even more reasons to step outside their car when commuting. DriveLessLiveMore.com is a campaign focused on people using alternative types of transportation in their daily life. The website consist of a calendar with several icons – car (drive alone), bus, train, water taxi, bike and carpool – just to name a few. Participants are able to drag the icons to the date on which they’d like to report their trip. The program asks users to input their start and end locations…

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Dude, I Don't Want a Car!

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Will Generation Y buck the trend of car ownership?

MPC Research Assistant Kyle Terry authored this post. In a time of economic uncertainty, record student loan debt, and an environmentally concerned public, the younger generation of consumers is bucking the trend of car-ownership that has been seen historically as a sign of success. According to the car shopping web site Edmunds.com, the share of new cars purchased by those aged 18-34 dropped thirty percent in the last five years. A recent Deloitte study adds that 46 percent of 18-24 year olds would choose internet access over a car. In concurrence with the Deloitte study, CNN Money’s Steve Hargreaves says that it is the rapid evolution of social media that pushes younger consumers away from owning a car. “The ability to meet and interact with people on the Internet is…

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Suburban communities need a quarterback

According to the Brookings Institution, starting in 2000, more of the nation’s poor lived in the suburbs than in cities. The Chicago region in particular saw this shift officially occur in 2010. These stark facts were laid out by Brookings Fellow Elizabeth Kneebone at an MPC Roundtable on December 13th that also included Herman Brewer, bureau chief, Cook County Bureau of Economic Development, David Bennett, executive director, Metropolitan Mayors Caucus, Matthew Reilein, senior vice president, New Markets Tax Credit Group, JPMorgan Chase, and Robin Snyderman, principal, Brick Partners, LLC. Elizabeth pointedly discussed how the suburbs, with limited budgets and capacity to address the challenges associated with these demographic changes, need a “quarterback;” an…

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Take the CTA on New Year's Eve for just a penny!

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New Year's Eve at Navy Pier

Save your pennies for the best deal in Chicago on your New Year’s Eve chauffeur! Beginning late in the evening on Monday, December 31 through the early morning hours on New Year’s Day, Tuesday, January 1 you can ride the CTA for just one penny. For over 25 years the CTA has offered the Penny Ride program, providing over 150,000 people annually safe rides home on its trains and busses. This year though, the CTA decided to capitalize on the success of Penny Rides. As part of its corporate sponsorship program the agency released a request for partnership for a sponsor to continue Penny Rides. Chicago headquartered Miller Coors paid $630,500 for a three year sponsorship with a three-year renewal option for a total of $1.36 million to the CTA. Miller Coors will now be the…

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