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September/October 2016
Online Edition
This Issue:
• Arizona State Fair
• Platinum Pass Renewal
• Emergency Ride Home
• HPA Season Reminder
• And More!
A bimonthly publication from Capitol Rideshare
www.capitolrideshare.com
The State Fair Will Be Here Soon!
If you plan to visit the Fair be sure to carpool with your
friends. Parking is $10 in the main lot (19th Ave. & Monte
Vista or Encanto). Another option is special value parking
for $5 in the 20th Avenue & Encanto parking lot (SW corner
of 19th Ave. & Encanto). There will also be a free shuttle
from the Capitol this year available on Friday, Saturday, and
Sundays at the Arizona State Capitol, located at 17th Avenue
and Washington Street.
Share the ride!
Discounted State Fair tickets are available to State employees, familys and friends. Purchases online will help SECC,
15% of the proceeds from your purchased tickets will be donated to SECC to benefit St. Mary’s food Bank!
http://www.etix.com/ticket/c/28160E5AFDA498D43377647AF7D18E78/secc-2016
Important Update About Your Platinum Pass
All Platinum Pass cards will be renewed by October.
Your Human Resource Office will distribute the new cards.
There is no need to fill out a form - renewal is
AUTOMATIC!
Any employee who had activity on their old platinum pass
since January 1, 2015 will automatically be included in the
renewal. If you do not receive a new card by October 3rd, you
need to check with your Personnel/HR Office.
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Your Safety Net
HPA SEASON
REMINDER
For many employees, the thought of riding transit or carpooling is
daunting because they are afraid of being stranded at work. “What if I
get sick at work and need to go home? What if my child becomes ill
and I have to leave? What if my carpool partner has to leave?” These
are all very real concerns but Capitol Rideshare offers you a safety net!
This fall, especially on High
Pollution Advisory (HPA) days,
you are urged to carpool, use
transit, or telework.
If you are a State of Arizona (non-university) employee who carpools,
rides the bus, vanpools, bikes to work, teleworks, or does a
combination of any of these modes at least twice a week, you are
eligible for a free membership to the Commuter Club - and that
includes your safety net.
And when you do, log on to
www.capitolrideshare.com
and
enter the HPA Day Contest! Just
tell us who you are and what mode
you used. At the end of the month,
we will be drawing winners from
the pool of names! The more times
you use an alternate mode on HPA
days, the more chances you have to
win!
Your free benefits include:
 Free taxi emergency ride home from work*
 Discount card for restaurants/entertainment
 Quarterly newsletter & contests
There is no cost to join. Capitol Rideshare wants to reward State
employees who are doing their part to help improve the air quality in
our Valley! Take advantage of this special program and enjoy the
benefits. Our discount cards offer specials on dining and entertainment.
Remember to refuel your car after
dark and avoid traveling in your
car at lunchtime. By checking your
agency’s website or by visiting
www.capitolrideshare.com,
you
can receive the most recent Air
Quality Forecast.
There is an application on the back of this newsletter or visit
www.capitolrideshare.com today and join.
*Certain restrictions apply.
Alternate Fuel
Bicycle
Bus
Capitol Rideshare
Carpool
Clean Air
Commuter Club
Compressed Work Week
DASH
Emergency Ride Home
Environment
Express Bus
Light Rail
Matchlist
Ozone
Parking Permit
Platinum Pass
Can you find the secret
RAPID
Rideshare
word not listed?
Savings
If you do, send an email to
Share the Ride
Subsidy
[email protected]
Telework
with the word and we will
Transit
enter you in our drawing
Valley Metro
for a commuter bag and
Vanpool
coffee mug!
Virtual Office
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Rideshare
Review
Successful Commute Story!
I just started working for the State three weeks ago. On my very
first week, I went to the Capital Rideshare office and the two
ladies, Mary and Annette, were very kind to explain the Capital
Rideshare Program and all the rideshare options available to me.
I immediately started carpooling with my coworker, which relieves
the burden of having to drive from Gilbert to downtown Phoenix
every single day. This morning, we just took the Express Bus for
the very first time, from Chandler! The bus system was so easy the Park & Ride location was so convenient and parking was
plentiful. The bus ride to the State Capitol went by so fast, I really
enjoyed the experience and am looking forward to riding the bus 23 times a week.
I am amazed at how convenient getting to work has become and I
am quickly becoming a very happy Arizona State employee.
Thank you Capitol Rideshare Program!
Kim Kwong, Department of Administration
Try transit!
Bus Service Expansion in October
Not sure where to even start to find a transit
route? Call the Valley Metro experts at
602.253.5000.
They have route planners who
will show you the way!
Thanks to the Phoenix voter-approved transportation plan
Transportation 2050, Valley Metro riders will enjoy
expanded service hours and improved frequency beginning
October 24. Bus routes in Phoenix will begin service at 4:00
a.m. and go until midnight on weekdays and 5:00 a.m.10:00 p.m. on weekends. In addition, 44 Phoenix routes will
increase frequency on weekday and/or weekend trips.
Valley Metro service changes occur twice each year to
make adjustments and better serve Valley residents,
communities and businesses. Riders can view the upcoming
changes by visiting: www.valleymetro.org/servicechanges
Capitol Rideshare is operated by the Arizona Department of Administration and is funded by the Federal Highway
Administration through the Maricopa Association of Governments and by the Arizona Department of Environmental
Quality. This document is available in alternate formats by calling 602.542.RIDE.
Capitol Rideshare (602) 542-RIDE www.CapitolRideshare.com
The Rideshare Review is published by Capitol Rideshare.
Editor:
Annette Fettig
Rideshare
Review
Air Pollutant Information
Ozone (O3) - Ozone, a colorless, odorless gas, is produced by chemical reactions between oxides of nitrogen (NOx)
and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in the presence of sunlight. NOx and VOCs are directly emitted into the air
by motor vehicles, power plants, and other sources of combustion. Weather conditions that favor ozone accumulation
near the ground include sunny skies and calm or light winds. Elevated ozone concentrations are typically observed for
the Phoenix metropolitan area between March and October when day lengths are longest. Short-term impacts on
people include: shortness of breath, chest pain, throat irritation, and reduced lung capacity. People with preexisting
lung diseases, children, and the elderly are at the highest risk for ozone health impacts.
Coarse particulates (PM10) - Coarse particulate matter, such as dust, are 10 microns or less in diameter, which is
smaller than the width of a human hair. Since Phoenix is an arid environment, soils tend to dry out frequently and are
prone to becoming airborne. Strong winds can loft these dust particles and result in haze or blowing dust in the Valley.
On the other hand, PM10 levels can also increase under stagnation. PM10 is a concern during anytime of the year
depending on the weather pattern. Long-term exposure to elevated PM10 concentrations can adversely affect
respiratory functions. Besides potential health effects, excessive PM 10 from dust storms can obscure visibility and
result in dangerous conditions for drivers on the road.
Fine particulates (PM2.5) - Some sources for PM2.5 include fuel combustion in motor vehicles, wood smoke, power
plants, and other industrial processes. The most prominent time of year for elevated fine particulate levels in the Valley
is during the winter when cold air traps the particulates near the surface. During the summer, wildfire smoke may also
impact the Phoenix area. When fine particulates such as soot, smoke, organic chemicals, or dust become concentrated
in the air, health risks can develop. Small particles reach deep into the lungs affecting the respiratory system and are
absorbed into the bloodstream causing cardiovascular complications. Those most at risk include people with heart or
lung disease, older adults, and children.
Rideshare Application
Return this form via interagency mail to:
CAPITOL RIDESHARE
100 N. 15th Avenue #431
NO STAMP NECESSARY!
Phoenix, 85007
OR FAX TO 602.542.3636
First Name:____________________________
Your Agency:____________________________________________
Last Name: ____________________________
Street Address (work):____________________________________
Street Address (home): ____________________________
Division / Room / or Mail Drop:_____________________________
City: ________________ ZIP: _____________
Work Phone: ___________________________
Work E-mail address: ______________________________
City: ________________ ZIP: _______________
This form is online at www.capitolrideshare.com
I want to join the Commuter Club!
Minimum of two days per week
Fill out the application above
and check the mode(s) you use each week:
□ Alternate Fuel Vehicle
□ Bicycle
□ Telework
□ Bus
□ Vanpool
□ Carpool
□ Virtual Office
□ Light Rail
□ Walk
Number of days:
I need a Capitol Rideshare
Parking Permit!
Must include license plate, D.L. # and a
completed application from each member of
your carpool. You must carpool a minimum
of 3 times per week.
I need other assistance!
Please send me information on:
□ Platinum Pass Application
□ Matchlist Assistance
□ Update My Information
□ Vanpools
_____________
Vehicle Plate #
_____________
Driver Lic. #
□ Other _______________