Sharing the Ride from Smyrna!

We love to celebrate our green commuters!  This month, we’re excited to reward Louis for his continued commitment to clean commuting.  Louis shares the ride with a co-worker, traveling from his home near Smyrna to his job at Christiana Care in New Castle.

Every carpool counts towards improved air quality.  With just one clean commute, Louis and his carpool partner reduce traffic congestion by one car, take 70 miles off the road, and eliminate 1.5 pounds of carbon dioxide from our atmosphere.

Want to be green like Louis?  Email us at general@ridesharedelaware.org for a ride match list.

Already carpool?  Add a rider to your group and save even more!

Partner Spotlight: Integrity Staffing

Integrity Staffing

Since November of 2013, Integrity Staffing has been a Gold Level Partner with RideShare Delaware. Integrity Staffing handles the staffing for Amazon’s fulfillment centers in Middletown and New Castle. Specifically, during Amazon’s peak season in the fall, Integrity is charged with hiring and training the temporary associates to ensure Amazon can meet the demands of their customers. To achieve this, Integrity will bring in anywhere from 1,000 to 5,000 people to man the fulfillment centers, an incredibly daunting task. This large influx of people causes a huge parking issue at the Middletown Fulfillment Center, where the majority of the new hires are placed.
This is when RideShare works directly with Integrity. During the peak hiring season, we routinely attend orientations to speak with new hires about our program. We also work to ensure that when we cannot attend an orientation,  someone from Integrity can speak about RideShare Delaware on our behalf.  Integrity also works with DART First State to ensure that it is providing transportation option for their employees.

Amazon Middletown Employee Transportation Resources include:

  • Working with DART to subsidize the Route 47 to their site.
  • A commuter corner where employees can obtain transportation information.
  • Onsite amenities including: computers, ATMS, lockers and bike racks.
  • A four day work week.
  • Information at New Hire Orientations.
  • Hosting RideShare Delaware Events.

 

We applaud Integrity’s continued commitment to their employees and their efforts in recognizing the transportation challenges they encounter.

Are you looking for work? Consider stopping by one of Integrity’s recruitment centers to find what opportunities await you.

Integrity Staffing Solutions – Corporate Headquarters

700 Prides Crossing, Suite 300 Newark, Delaware 19711

Monday – Friday, 8:00am – 5:00pm 

Integrity Staffing Solutions – Opportunity Center

310 Fox Hunt Drive Bear, DE  19701

Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 5:00pm

 

Winners Abound for RideShare Delaware

In February we ran our Frozen February Commute contest where one lucky participant that recorded five days of clean commuting won $50 in giftcards. Our lucky winner was….

Denise Husband! Denise has been a member of RideShare Delaware since 2012. She either uses bus riding or carpooling to get to her Job in Dover from her home in Wilmington, making for a clean commute trip of over 100 miles each day!

Ride.Record. Reward! Winners

Larry Kraines was one of our February Winners for Ride. Record. Reward! Larry clean commutes from his home in Pennsylvania to his job in Newark, Delaware, racking up 20 clean commute miles every day.

James Duffus was our other winner for February. James commutes from his home in Newark to his job downtown Wilmington. We thank James for his commitment to clean commuting (no photo available).

 

Lastly, Lisa Washington won a $25 dollar gift card for completing our year end RideShare Delaware Survey.

We thank all our participants and look forward to giving you more ways to win during the year!

DART, Rideshare Spread News at 87ers Game

DART and RidesShare Delaware were invited by the Delaware 87ers on Feb. 25 to provide a table with transit information at their home game at the Bob Carpenter Center on the University of Delaware Campus. There were several individuals, who visited our table, interested in regular and intercounty bus service, SEPTA Regional Rail, paratransit and RideShare Delaware. This invitation was offered through a trade agreement between DART and the Delaware 87ers from October 2016 to April 2017. DART provided a bus wrap on an intercounty bus between Wilmington and Dover to the Delaware 87ers for advertisement as well as two bus shelters in northern New Castle County. As a result, DART received the opportunity to participate as sponsor of the Delaware 87ers for the 2016-2017 season through advertising and other trade benefits.

Partner Spotlight – Christiana Care Health System

Christiana Care has been a member of RideShare Delaware since 2003 and a Gold Partner since June 2010. They are the largest private employer in Delaware with 11,000 employees located in various campuses throughout the state. RideShare Delaware is able to enhance their employee benefits with their to-and-from work transportation program.

Our partnership works with representatives throughout the Christian Care organization from new employee orientation, customer/administrative services, and public safety.

Current activities we coordinate:

  • Participation in the bi-weekly new employee orientations “Vital Needs Fair”
  • Transportation Day events with larger sites such as West End Café located at Christiana Care Hospital, Wilmington Hospital, and One Reads Way
  • A resource for DART First State services
  • Preferred Carpool Parking Program

 

Other transportation benefits Christiana Care offers:

  • A shuttle service operating from 6 a.m. – 11 p.m. each day, traveling between Wilmington and Christiana Hospitals
  • for use by employees, patients, and visitors
  • On site DART bus shelter station
  • Electric charging stations for employees (6 at Christiana Hospital and 2 at Wilmington Hospital).
  • Access to Bike Racks and on-site shower facilities

 

RideShare Delaware recognizes Christiana Care for their outstanding commitment to employee health and wellness and thanks them for their partnership to make the State of Delaware a cleaner environment.

RideShare Delaware looks forward to working with and strengthening our partnership with Christiana Care Health System throughout Delaware by exploring and implementing new benefit options.

Delaware Transit Corporation completes Commuter Survey

We would like to thank all of DTC’s employees who took the 2016 Commuter Survey.  Your involvement will create a cleaner and greener Delaware Transit Corporation and help make DTC an example of clean commuting for the State.  We’d also like to say congratulations to Patricia Hill of the Eligibility Department for completing her survey and winning a $25 gift card as a thank you from us. We look forward to sharing the results with you in our 2016 Annual Report.

 

Partner Spotlight – Delaware National Guard

The Delaware National Guard has been a member of RideShare Delaware since December 2008. Throughout the years, RideShare Delaware and the Delaware National Guard have built their partnership through the continued presence of RideShare and the free benefits that RideShare offers the men and women of the DE National Guard. Just this past December, the Delaware National Guard moved up the rank of Bronze RideShare Partner to a Gold RideShare Partner, which is the highest partnership level.  The importance of this Gold Partnership Level shows that the Delaware National Guard is committed to offering and encouraging clean commute transportation options for the men and women who serve the National Guard. Danielle Martin, RideShare’s Onsite Transportation Coordinator and the Mass Transit Coordinator, has been a pivotal initiator of building the relationship between RideShare and the DE National Guard. Several initiatives that boosted the DE National Guard RideShare partnership are as follows:

– Encouraging and hosting Vanpool Formations

– RideShare and VRide presentations twice a year

– RideShare attends the DE National Guard Wellness Fair for all employees

– Monthly RideShare presentations during the In-Processing Trainings

– Promoting commute options through postings, emails, flyers

– Federal employees and state employees receive a transit subsidiary

The Delaware National Guard also received the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certification for 2015 at the Major Joseph R. “Beau” Biden III National Guard/Reserve Center. The LEED Certification is one of the most popular green building certification programs used worldwide, that requires buildings to meet a set of rating systems that aim to make the building environmentally responsible and efficient.

RideShare Delaware wants to thank the DE National Guard for their continued and active support in their role for helping to make the State of Delaware a cleaner environment. Also, by offering the many free benefits that RideShare Delaware offers, the National Guard represents a strong commitment to the transportation needs of the men and women who travel to the different locations throughout Delaware. We at RideShare Delaware look forward to continuing our partnership with the Delaware National Guard through 2017.

Also in 2015 the Delaware National Guard celebrated it’s 361st year!

Happy 361st Birthday to the Delaware National Guard! We thank the National Guard, the citizen soldiers, and airmen for your service and protection!

Bike Rider Wins Ride. Record. Reward!

David Latchko works at Siemens in Newark, Delaware and rides his bike to work. It is an 8 mile ride, which typically takes about 35 minutes opposed to driving a car, which takes about 20 minutes. David has been commuting this way for several years now. He may not be able to ride his bike everyday but when the weather allows he takes full advantage of it!

 

 

Thankful Commuter Contest Winner!

In November, we ran our annual Thankful Commuter Contest to see why our registrants are thankful for going green and saving green. Our winner this year was Scott Christensen, who commutes to his job at the Aberdeen Proving Grounds with 5 other coworkers via vanpool.  On average, each person’s commute would be approximately 37 miles each way from their homes in Delaware to the Proving Grounds in Maryland.  This one vanpool takes 5 cars and 444 vehicular miles off the road every day!  When asked why they choose to vanpool, Scott and his coworkers cited saving money on gas, being able to live in Delaware and enjoy its lower cost of living, and taking cars off the road.  We applaud Scott and his coworkers for their commitment to clean commuting and look forward to having them continue their commitment in 2017.  We would also like to individually recognize Scott for his continued dedication to clean commuting.  He was one of the first registrants in our program and for several years has made it a priority to vanpool to work, even if it meant he had to switch vanpools and carpool to the pickup location during that time.  Great job all around!

Scott Christensen and his coworkers - clean commuters
Scott Christensen and his coworkers – Clean Commuters!!

Route 11 Rider Wins!

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Say hello to Mary Stewart, one of RideShare Delaware’s Ride. Record. Reward! winners for November. Mary is grateful for her clean commute on DART’s route 11 that takes her to her job at the Wilmington Trust Company. Since she began working at  Wilmington Trust Company over four years ago, Mary has taken the route 11 to work. We applaud Mary’s commitment to clean commuting and wish her and all our clean commuters a happy holiday season.