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A new way to save for Philly-based commuters

July 26, 2013
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(Philadelphia, PA) – Commuters using RideECO can now save more money on car sharing, and Enterprise CarShare clients can save money on transit, thanks to new discounts RideECO and Enterprise CarShare (ECS) are offering exclusively to their members. The two programs offer sustainable, cost-saving ways to commute to work and travel around town.

RideECO, a program of the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC), allows employers and commuters to save by putting pre-tax dollars toward fares on public transportation. Commuters can save up to $900/year and employers save money by reducing FICA taxes, which can be more than $200 per year, per participant.

Enterprise CarShare, previously PhillyCarShare, has nearly 200 “pods” offering newer, fuel-efficient and hybrid cars in and around center city Philadelphia. “Many city dwellers and commuters who use transit may not own a car. Enterprise CarShare gives them the flexibility of using a car as a supplement during the week, on weekends and on special occasions,” said James Callaham, Regional Vice President of Enterprise Holdings, Inc. Also, employers who offer RideECO to encourage transit use may be interested in car share for employees who don’t have a personal car at work, to use to travel to meetings and other business-related activities that are not accessible by transit.

Here are some of the deals available:

  • RideECO will offer free shipping and handling for one year ($180 value) for Enterprise CarShare corporate clients that enroll in the program.
  • RideECO will waive the setup fee for Enterprise CarShare clients that enroll in RideECO Select ($250-$750 savings, depending on participation levels).
  • Enterprise CarShare will waive the standard application and membership fees and offer a $50 driving credit to RideECO clients that sign up for an ECS corporate account.
  • Individual employees who work for a company that offers RideECO will receive a waived application fee ($25 value) and a $35 driving credit upon approval of their application.

ECS rates can be found at: http://www.enterprisecarshare.com/philadelphia-rates.

“RideECO and Enterprise CarShare are sustainable and cost-effective ways to travel and get to work,” said DVRPC Executive Director, Barry Seymour. “We are pleased to offer even more savings to reward and encourage residents to make smart travel choices.”

About RideECO

RideECO is an employer offered commuter benefit that helps commuters reduce the cost of getting to work on public transportation and vanpools. RideECO allows commuters to set aside up to $245/month pre-tax to pay for their commute. And employers save money by driving down payroll taxes with every dollar a commuter deducts. The program can pay for itself and everyone gains from it. For more details, visit www.RideECO.org

About the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission

DVRPC is dedicated to uniting the region’s elected officials, planning professionals, and the public with the common vision of making a great region even greater. Shaping the way we live, work, and play, DVRPC builds consensus on improving transportation, promoting smart growth, protecting the environment, and enhancing the economy. We serve a diverse region of nine counties: Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia in Pennsylvania; and Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, and Mercer in New Jersey. DVRPC is the federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization for the Greater Philadelphia Region – leading the way to a better future. For more information, visit www.dvrpc.org.

About Enterprise CarShare

Enterprise CarShare is a natural extension of the local car rental service that Enterprise Rent-A-Car pioneered more than 55 years ago.  Enterprise CarShare offers a variety of clean, well-maintained vehicles at an affordable price, when and where customers need them, whether it is for an hour, a day, a weekend or longer. In 2011, Enterprise Holdings entered a major retail car-sharing market for the first time by acquiring PhillyCarShare in Philadelphia, and then, in 2012, it acquired Mint Cars On-Demand in Boston and New York City. In May 2013, Enterprise Holdings acquired the business of IGO CarSharing, the first car-sharing program in Chicago.  Today, Enterprise CarShare offers hybrid, plug-in and fuel-efficient vehicles, delivering car-sharing technology’s speed and economy nationwide to businesses, universities and government offices looking to enhance their fleet management operations along with their fiscal and social sustainability initiatives. For more information, visit www.enterprisecarshare.com, the Enterprise CarShare Facebook page or by following @Carshare on Twitter.