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A suite of instant ridematching tools are among the features of a new mobile statewide commuter ridematching app launched by RIDE Solutions and the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT).

Virginia Tech commuters can connect to more carpool, vanpool, transit, and bike commuting opportunities across Virginia than ever before thanks to the new app, which is part of the Commute!VA statewide network.

“This new software makes ridematching miles better than anything we’ve offered to date,” said Christy Straight with RIDE Solutions New River Valley. “Virginia Tech commuters can instantly find and communicate with potential carpool partners, join vanpools, and find transit or bike buddies to help them navigate all their transportation choices, all via a smartphone or the web.”

One exciting feature of the new app is the addition of a robust rewards system. Users can log telework days, carpool, transit, bike, and vanpool trips to earn points that can be cashed in for over 2,000 different rewards at local and national businesses. RIDE Solutions hopes to work with retailers and restaurants throughout the New River Valley to offer more reward options to Virginia Tech faculty, staff, and students.

Additionally, the new system will allow commuters to match to destinations across the state and into areas not covered by existing programs, allowing long-distance, event, and one-time ridematching. This feature will benefit Virginia Tech students looking for travel connections early in the semester in addition to the carpool matching ease for faculty, staff, and students planning daily commutes and trips.

Download the RIDE Solutions app at for iOS or Android today.

Hokie Wellness will be hosting a workshop on June 18 from noon to 1 p.m. (North End Center 2410) where commuters can learn more about using the app. RIDE Solutions staff will also be on hand to answer your other commuting questions. Click here to register.

“We believe the Virginia Tech community is going to be very happy with RIDE Solutions,” shared Nick Quint, manager of the Alternative Transportation Department. “Incorporating the various modes and providing incentives for choosing them is something we think is going to make it easier for people to choose alternative transportation. The Virginia Tech community was already familiar with RIDE Solutions’ Guaranteed Ride Home program, so it’s a natural fit for us to consolidate these services.”

RIDE Solutions will replace Zimride, a ridematching platform previously used at Virginia Tech.

Current users of Zimride are encouraged to switch to the RIDE Solutions app as soon as possible. The Alternative Transportation Department is here to answer any questions at 540-231-2116 or in-person at 1330 Perry Street.

“We are excited to partner with RIDE Solutions and commuter assistance programs across the Commonwealth to provide statewide ridematching through Commute!VA,” said Chris Arabia, manager of Statewide Mobility Programs for DRPT. “This is the next step in DRPT’s continuing commitment to provide transportation options that help move more people on our transportation system, reduce congestion and emissions, and provide mobility solutions for all our citizens.”

RIDE Solutions is a commuter services program operated by the Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission in cooperation with the New River Valley Regional Commission, the Central Virginia Planning District Commission, and the West Piedmont Planning District Commission.

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