Due to the recent construction on the Southfield Freeway, the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments suggests that commuters facing increased congestion try sharing a ride to work.
A program called MiRideShare is aimed at decreasing the number of vehicles which lessens congestion. It is a free, computerized service that matches car, vanpool and bike partners for the daily work commute.
Users will be matched with others who share common neighborhoods, work locations, and hours. The program is available throughout all of southeast Michigan.
Southfield Freeway drives during afternoon rush hour won’t be easy as the state kicks off a project that will reduce a portion of the expressway to one lane each way until mid-May. Two lanes will be closed in both directions of M-39 between I-96 and Ford Road in Detroit and Dearborn.
The Guaranteed Ride Home Program benefits commuters who decide to share the ride. Taxi fare reimbursement is available should an emergency arise during the workday and there is a need to quickly get home.
SEMCOG staff also will come to offices and explain the program to any employers considering introducing this free service to their employees.
Anyone interested can apply online at www.semcog.org and click on RideShare listed under “Hot Topics” on the home page, or contact SEMCOG at (866) 510-POOL for more details on the program.