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FGCU Launches Online Rideshare Matching System for Students, Faculty and Staff
9/8/2008

FORT MYERS, FL - Florida Gulf Coast University Department of Environmental Health and Safety has partnered with FGCU's Student Government to develop www.Ride2FGCU.com, an online rideshare matching system designed to assist commuters find a carpool partner or a walking, biking or bus buddy in an effort to help reduce pollution, increase fuel savings and decrease traffic on the roads.

This service is free of charge for the user and is limited to enrolled students, faculty and staff of the University.

Matches are created by those with a similar schedule and by those who live in the same vicinity, or drivers may pick up other commuters along their route to campus. Carpoolers have the ability to create a commuting calendar, and commuters may be members of more than one group. Ride2FGCU is also equipped to match students on one-time trips for events or going home for the weekend.

"With the high price of gas, Ride2FGCU is a great way to save money, and to do something good for the environment," said Kathleen Crawford, staff member at FGCU. "Sharing the driving just one day per week with one other person can shave 10 percent off a fuel budget, and increasing the number of riders and number of days the savings can potentially go up even higher. In addition to the financial and ecological advantages of sharing a ride, participants can meet few friends, thus enhancing the feeling of community."

For more information about Ride2FGCU, visit http://www.Ride2FGCU.com.

For additional information, media representatives should contact Crawford at (239) 590-1414.

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