Wednesday, November 10, 2010

ciCarpool To Launch December 2, 2010.

 A unique partnership between regional employers, Chambers of Commerce and employer organizations, local government, and Tri-County Regional Planning Commission has resulted in the launch of ciCarpool, a web-based, interactive rideshare matching program.

Tri-County Regional Planning Commission (TCRPC) is pleased to announce the upcoming launch of ciCarpool, a web-based rideshare-matching service for the Peoria-Pekin region.  The service will launch in early December; with a press conference being held on December 2, 9:00am at the offices of the Tri-County Regional Planning Commission.  This service will allow employees and residents in the region to find carpool partners and share rides to work, special events, or when running errands.  As a result, users will save money and fuel, improve local air quality by eliminating some of the pollution-forming emissions, and reduce congestion on the region’s roadways.

Sign-up and use of the ciCarpool service is free to users, thanks to grant funding from the U.S. Federal Transit Administration and Illinois Department of Transportation.  Users may register and utilize the service at www.ciCarpool.org.  Sign-up is easy, and employees of sponsoring employers can get assistance from their employers’ human resources department.

ciCarpool is made possible thanks to a unique partnership between several local Economic Development Organizations, Chambers of Commerce, Villages, Cities, Counties, TCRPC, and major regional employers including Caterpillar, RMH Foods, Morton Industries, OSF St. Francis, and MATCOR.  These organizations have worked over the past 18 months to make ciCarpool a reality, in order to make it easier for residents to deal with the rising cost of fuel, improve local air quality, and strengthen the region’s  transportation system.

For details on the ciCarpool service, or to sign up, visit www.ciCarpool.org.  Or, for more information, contact Ryan Granata at 309-673-9330 or rgranata@tricountyrpc.org.

Training is available on ciCarpool for local businesses.  The training will teach human resource professionals how to administer the program at their business and how to encourage usage of the program.  This training is free and will last approximately one hour.

Washington
Tuesday December 7th
9:00 – 10:00am
Five Points Washington – Library Meeting Room
309-444-1135
Pekin
Wednesday December 8th
4:00 – 5:00pm
Pekin Public Library
301 S 4th Street (corner of Broadway & 4th)
309-347-7111

Peoria
Thursday December 9th
10:00 – 11:00am
Heartland Partnership Board Room
309-495-5914
Morton
Thursday December 16th
8:00 – 9:00am
Morton Fire Station on West Courtland
309-263-2491


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