Mountain View Transit Association Partners With Waze Carpool to Expand MVgo’s Commuter Options

Waze Carpool Connects Riders and Drivers to Make Commuting Easier  

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA (July 16, 2019) – In an effort to diversify commuting options for those who live and work in Mountain View, the Mountain View Transportation Management Association (MTMA) has partnered with Waze Carpool, a service that connects riders and drivers for easier, more affordable commutes. During a six-month pilot program, commuters working in and commuting to Mountain View can join the MVgo Carpool by following the link bit.ly/MVgoCarpool on their mobile device to receive a discounted, flat rate of $2 per carpool ride. In addition, new riders who sign up through that link will receive $20 credit, and new drivers will receive $20 cash once it’s been verified that they’ve completed at least one ride and have met Waze Carpool’s criteria. 

The partnership provides an additional transportation option for residents and commuters in Mountain View, as well as employees of MTMA member companies and organizations which include Broadreach Capital Partners, City of Mountain View, Google, Intuit, Microsoft, Rockwood Capital (Coursera and Atlassian), Samsung, Sares Regis Group of Northern California, Sobrato Organization, and Symantec. 

Waze Carpool connects drivers and passengers with similar destinations by pairing them together to share commutes on the most optimal routes. Through the Waze Carpool app, users can choose a rider or driver based on their personal profile and select filters, including gender, coworker or classmate, and proximity to a preferred route. Waze Carpool users can choose which days and times they want to carpool and schedule rides up to seven days in advance.

“Rush hour traffic is a big issue for many who work and live in Mountain View, and MVgo is committed to diversifying its transit offerings so that everyone can conveniently and affordably commute to and from their jobs,” says Janice Yuen, MTMA Board Chair and COO, Commercial Division at Sares Regis Group of Northern California. “We’re excited to partner with Waze Carpool and add their easy-to-use carpool program to our list of services to make the daily commute easier for Mountain View’s workforce.”

“It’s an important time to reevaluate our transportation options in Silicon Valley and the neighboring Bay Area, especially given the heavy increase in congestion,” says Steven Lemeshow, Waze Carpool Strategic Partner Manager. “We’re thrilled to partner with the Mountain View Transportation Management Association and their community of members to provide an easy and fun way for commuters to choose who they carpool with while saving time and money.”

Drivers who ride alone are encouraged to make the switch to carpooling and consider more sustainable commute alternatives. Users can download Waze for drivers and Waze Carpool for riders on iOS or Android.

MVgo also offers a list of local commuter services, including its popular shared shuttle service and the new Mid-Day Mobility Program, which is being extended an additional six months past its initial three-month trial following positive responses from riders. The program offers riders discounts of up to $5 on up to 10 shared trips with Lyft or Uber starting or ending in Mountain View between 10 AM and 3 PM. To take advantage of the discount, riders must request a shared ride from Lyft or Uber and enter the promo code “MVGO2019X” when prompted.

MVgo’s free shuttles are available for public use during commute hours at clearly identifiable bus stops. The shuttles are funded by MTMA’s Board Member companies, with some grant funding from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District. MVgo’s routes and bus schedules can be found on MTMA’s website at MVgo.org, in addition to the RIDEMVGO app for iOS and Android.

About Mountain View Transportation Management Association (MTMA)

The Mountain View Transportation Management Association (MTMA) is a nonprofit transportation organization founded in 2013 for the purpose of reducing traffic congestion and improving mobility throughout the City of Mountain View. The members of the organization that contribute to the MTMA include: Broadreach Capital Partners, City of Mountain View, Elementum, Google, Intuit, Merlone Geier, Microsoft, Rockwood Capital (Coursera and Atlassian), Samsung Research America, Sares Regis Group of Northern California, Sobrato Organization, and Symantec.

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