Don’t Miss the Bus – CommuteCon 2017 is Coming

CommuteCon 2017 – Wednesday, February 8th

Check your schedule get moving!

Let your friends and colleagues know it’s not too late to register. It’s going to be the most fun and informative four hours in the commuter transportation industry.

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We’re also excited to announce that the Association for Commuter Transportation is sponsoring CommuteCon. Please join us in saying “thanks!”



Press Release Follows:

RideAmigos to Host CommuteCon 2017 Online Conference

SANTA MONICA, CA, 02/01/2017: RideAmigos is pleased to host CommuteCon 2017, an online conference focused on current trends and topics in the field of transportation demand management (TDM). The event is scheduled for Wednesday, February 8, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Eastern (10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Pacific). Participation is free, and open to all.

The conference provides an accessible online forum where prominent leaders in the TDM field can connect with citizens, stakeholders, and other TDM professionals. It is structured around notable speakers drawn from a variety of sectors including government, education, and private enterprise. Featured speakers will present ideas and discuss trending topics in the TDM space.

Registration information and a detailed schedule of speakers and topics is available at .

Program highlights will include:

  • Creating strategies for changing commuter behaviors
  • Encouraging the adoption of alternate modes of transportation
  • Designing, implementing, and managing employee commuter programs
  • Leveraging peer-to-peer relationships through employee outreach programs
  • Reviewing the latest mobility legislation

CommuteCon 2017 is the second such conference hosted by RideAmigos and the first to be presented under the new CommuteCon label. Keynote speaker Susan Shaheen, co-director of the Transportation Sustainability Research at the University of California-Berkeley, said, “The last RideAmigos virtual conference was jam-packed with great insights from shared mobility operators from across all sectors.”

The Association for Commuter Transportation is also a sponsor of CommuteCon 2017.

Early registration for the upcoming conference has already made CommuteCon 2017 one of the largest commuter TDM-related events in the world. It will be an annual event going forward.



About RideAmigos

RideAmigos is a Santa Monica, California-based producer of transportation demand management software. In addition to developing an online commuter management platform, RideAmigos hosts and organizes industry events and supports organizations in both the public and private sectors as they move towards more sustainable transportation and commuting policies. The company’s areas of focus include intelligent rideshare matching, advanced TDM automation and integration, and the promotion of robust gamification and commuter incentive tools.

CommuteCon 2017 Registration Open!

CommuteCon 2017 is shaping up to be the most fun, informative, accessible commuter conference of the year

Registration is now open for CommuteCon 2017, happening February 8th. The 4-hour online conference features top-tier speakers from around the world, sharing focused presentations on a wide variety of engaging topics.

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The fields of commuter management and transportation demand management come to an exciting intersection at CommuteCon. Whatever side street you arrive on – traffic reduction, smart mobility, parking management, sustainability, employee benefits, and more – there’s a parking space for you here.

Speakers include representatives from enterprise, education, research, and government, all working together to create real and lasting change. We’re all in this together at CommuteCon. Sign up now to be part of the movement to transform transportation.

New Speakers and Topics Added

Will the New Mobility Survive a New Administration?

Mark Dowd
Former Senior Advisor
White House Office of Management and Budget

Bringing Mobility on Demand to your City

Gwo-Wei Torng, Ph.D.
Director, Office of Mobility Innovation
Federal Transit Administration

Earn-a-Bike & the Sonos Commuter Benefits Program

Allison Griffin
Facilities Manager

State-of-the-Art Transportation Systems Modeling
for Personalized Smart Mobility and Demand Management

Lei Zhang, Ph.D.
Director, National Transportation Center
University of Maryland

TDM and Commuter Management for Small Business

Peter Williamson
Employee Outreach Coordinator
San Louis Obispo Council of Governments

Schedule coming soon!

RideAmigos to Host Online Conference Feb 8th

CommuteCon 2017

Wednesday, February 8, 2017
10 AM – 2 PM Pacific / 1 PM – 5 PM Eastern

Designed to be a fun, informative, and accessible opportunity for learning and collaboration, CommuteCon will feature impact-focused sessions with industry leaders, relevant topics, and opportunities to interact.

Have we mentioned – it’s FREE!

The half-day online format makes it easy to join from anywhere, without having to give up an entire day or make elaborate travel plans. If your work (or play) relates to commuter management, transportation demand management, mobility, parking management, sustainability, or employee benefits, CommuteCon should be on your must-attend list for 2017.

Mark your calendars now!

Registration and schedule coming soon.

CommuteCon Biker Bar

Featured Speakers

Susan Shaheen, Co-Director, Transportation Sustainability Research Center
UC Berkeley

Steve Raney, Executive Director, Smart Mobility
Joint Venture Silicon Valley

Kent Epperson, Director of Traffic Solutions
Santa Barbara County Association of Governments

Phillip Kobernick, Sustainability Project Manager
County of Alameda

Justin Mog​, ​Assistant to the Provost for Sustainability Initiatives
University of Louisville

Jamie Jarvis, Transportation Demand Manager
Stanford Research Park

Peter Williamson, Employee Outreach Coordinator

Aaron Gaul, UrbanTrans North America
Century City Transportation Management Organization

David Weisman, Director of Business Development

More To Come!

Program Highlights

  • Shifting behaviour with prizes & competition
  • Working with Scoop, Zipcar & Lyft in your community
  • Creating impact with Bike to Work  Day
  • Managing employer commuter programs
  • Employee outreach: Leveraging peer to peer relationships
  • Latest in Mobility Legislation
  • Moving the needle with Parking Cash-out Programs
  • And More …

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Smart City Challenge / Mobility on Demand Workshop

RideAmigos to lead workshop at the upcoming Transportation Research Board’s 96th Annual Meeting

Interested in learning more about the roles public transit, shared mobility, and advanced technology play in recent transportation-related competitions? 

Want to be part of the industry-wide conversation about how to advance multimodal mobility? 

Going to the 96th Annual TRB Meeting in Washington DC Jan. 8 – 12?

If so, plan to join RideAmigos CEO Jeffrey Chernick and Director of Engagement Prachi Vakharia along with Susan Shaheen from the University of California, Berkeley, Transportation Sustainability Research Cent as they co-host a one-day workshop featuring thought leaders and finalists from the 2016 U.S. DOT’s Smart City Challenge and FTA’s “Mobility on Demand” (MOD) Sandbox.

This session will feature the U.S. DOT Smart City Challenge winner: Columbus, Ohio, and highlights pilot projects from the FTA MOD Sandbox, along with selected public-private partnerships and research initiatives on the future of mobility. Government, industry, and academic thought leaders will present and participate in panel discussions with the audience about the pilot projects and next steps, emphasizing the future of multimodal mobility. In the second half of the workshop, attendees will participate in interactive breakout sessions and report back on next steps for advancing research understanding and documenting best practices in public transport innovation.

Visit the workshop website for a detailed schedule and more information.

Why Are We Here?

Why ARE we here? Why does the field of commuter management matter? Why is RideAmigos so excited about transforming commuter behavior?

In just one minute, CEO Jeffrey Chernick tackles this all-important question at the recent Association for Commuter Transportation conference in Portland:

The reason why we’re doing this, the reason why I’m doing this, is because we’re shifting commuter behavior to create a better planet.

We’re all in this for the same reason, and by shifting commuter behavior we’re actually clearing the roads!

We’re getting people to take healthier routes to work, whether it be a bike, or a walk, or a Zipcar, or a Lyft line, or an uberPOOL. There are so many new ways to get around.

If people are motivated to do and try something new, we’re actually going to make a major difference in the world. And that’s a big deal! That means cleaner air for our children, that means lower energy consumption for our culture and our land use, and it just goes into so many facets of our lives.

If we decide to commute smarter the world is an actual better place and we’ll live here longer.

It’s almost necessary. We don’t have a choice in it anymore. We have to do it!

The transportation industry today – including ACT and RideAmiogs – we’re here to do this, and it’s pretty profound to be here for it.

Interested in finding out how your organization can make a difference? Take our 2-question survey and receive a free commuter program analysis:

Free Program Analysis

RideAmigos CEO Recognized by ACT as a 40 Under 40 Leader

We’re thrilled that the Association for Commuter Transportation (ACT) just named our CEO, Jeffrey Chernick, as one of their 2016 “40 Under 40.”

“This group represents a cross section of our industry and how TDM is integrated throughout the public and private sectors. These forty individuals are shining stars for the TDM profession and we look forward to them leading TDM for many years to come” – ACT President Rob Henry

ACT 40 Under 40

Jeffrey leads our team with enthusiasm and vision, and we’re excited to be at the forefront of transportation demand management technology and 21st-century commuter management solutions!

ACT announced the awards on the closing day of their inaugural Transportation Demand Management (TDM) Forum in Boston, which brought together over 140 transportation professionals.

From ACT executive Director David Straus:

“The energy and passion these honorees show every day for improving our cities is at the heart of our collaborative efforts. The work these individuals have done to inspire changes in their communities and beyond is having an incredible impact to make our cities more livable, more economically competitive, and more prepared for sustainable growth into the future.”

Facts on the 40 Under 40 Honorees

  • Average length of service at current organization: 5 years
    • 15% have 10+ years at current organization
    • 35% have 6+ years at current organization
  • Average length of service to TDM industry: 7 years
    • 25% have 10+ years or more in TDM
    • 50% have 7+ years in the TDM industry
    • 83% have 5+ years in the TDM industry

The Association for Commuter Transportation, (ACT), is an international trade association and leading advocate for commuter transportation and TDM. Commuting by bus, train, rideshare, bike, walking, or telework improves our world by contributing to energy independence, better air quality, sustainability, urban mobility, and reduced congestion. Through advocacy, education, and networking efforts, ACT strives to improve the lives of commuters, the livability of communities, and the economic competitiveness of businesses.

RideAmigos Featured with Transportation Techies

Here at RideAmigos we’re not just interested in selling our software – we’re excited to be part of a global movement that is transforming the way people think about and use transportation.

A recent example of how RideAmigos works alongside other forward-thinking leaders in our industry was featured by The Washington Post:

A digitally promoted slug line could whisk commuters from Woodbridge to Tysons by making use of high-occupancy vehicle lanes. D.C. commuters headed in similar directions could save time and money by piling into the same car. And car owners could rent out their vehicles to make a little extra money when they weren’t using them.

These were some of the ideas pitched at “Playing with Traffic,” a meetup of coders, entrepreneurs, urban planners and transit professionals and enthusiasts collectively known as “Transportation Techies.”

Members of the 1,700-participant group meet monthly at gatherings sponsored by Mobility Lab, the research arm of Arlington County’s commuter services program. The most recent meetup focused on how the sharing economy could improve commuting.

Unlike the door-to-door model popularized by Uber and Lyft, the giants of the industry, true ride sharing “is to try to encourage people to share” …

Read the full article to learn about the cutting-edge ideas that were part of this meet-up, including a presentation by our own Prachi Vakharia, RideAmigos Engagement Director. Prachi shared our expertise and experience with promoting ridesharing during special events and through challenges like bike to work week, both of which are proven methods for increasing long-term rideshare usage and participation.

RideAmigos at ACT 2016

ACT International Conference 2016Come visit us at the ACT International Conference 2016

Between July 30th and August 3rd RideAmigos will be in Portland, OR as a sponsor and exhibitor at the annual Association for Commuter Transportation International Conference. If you’re coming, here’s where to find us. Be sure to stay a little late for our special events Tuesday night!

Booth #2 in the Exhibit Hall

Drop by all conference long to learn more about RideAmigos.

Session: Smarter TDM – Ideas from the Smart City Challenge

Tuesday, 8/2, 10:15am – 11:45am, Broadway III & IV

Hear Jeffrey Chernick, RideAmigos CEO, as part of a panel discussion with other representatives from cities that were finalists in the USDOT Smart City Challenge. Together they will discuss how their proposals for Smarter TDM fit within the larger context of the Smart City of the future.

Special Event: RideAmigos Academy Playground

Tuesday, 8/2, 6:00pm – 8:00pm

This Academy-exclusive meet-up and workshop event is great opportunity to socialize and strategize with other RideAmigos users and administrators (registration required.)

Location: Trio Club, 909 E Burnside St,Portland, Oregon 97214
VIP area of the Black Room

Closing Night Karaoke Party!

Tuesday, 8/2, 8:00pm – Midnight

Don’t leave early! Mark your calendars for this awesome after party, co-sponsored by our friends at Esri.

On the final night of the conference, unwind with new and old amigos alike with our open bar, singing, dancing, and fun. Rumor has it that RideAmigos COO Evan Meyer has prepared a special rendition of one of his favorites songs, along with some transportation jokes of questionable quality. 🙂

Location: Trio Club, 909 E Burnside St,Portland, Oregon 97214
White Room

Want to make sure we cross paths at ACT 2016?
Drop us a line and let us know!

In the Media: Founder and CEO Featured in Emory Business Magazine

RideAmigos is recognized as a leader and innovator in the Transportation Demand Management industry. We’re also increasingly well-known as a business success story, as detailed in the latest cover story from Emory Business magazine about our Founder and CEO Jeffrey Chernick:

Founded in 2007, RideAmigos began as an online ridesharing resource for commuters. It evolved into a comprehensive trip-planning service embracing all the different ways of getting to and from work or school, including walking, biking, public transit, carpooling, and driving. “Companies and organizations contract RideAmigos’ software in an effort to reduce traffic congestion at their facilities or to mitigate their lack of parking space,” Chernick explains. “They may work with us as part of a larger initiative to promote environmental sustainability by having fewer single-occupancy vehicles on the roads.”

Read more in the full article – At the Crossroads: Navigating options for your future business venture.

Introducing Recipes for Success

As part of our never-ending quest to provide the best customer service and support in the industry, we’re excited to announce the latest feature of the RideAmigos Academy: Recipes!

Our customers have been asking for easy-to-follow recipes for success for implementing new transportation demand management (TDM) projects and programs. We’re happy to oblige. Visit the TDM recipes page at the Academy for a taste of the kind of support we offer our clients.

We’re launching with a few examples of how to create and run successful TDM programs to help transform the way people commute:

  • Financial Incentives for Smarter Commuting
  • How to Set Up a Carpool Month Initiative
  • Preferential Parking for Carpools and Vanpools

In the coming weeks we’ll be adding many more examples of proven techniques for impacting transportation usage.

Recipes are an excellent example of how RideAmigos encourages our customers to contribute, collaborate, and create community. We know we’re not the only experts in the room – the organizations that use our TDM software platform  have extensive experience and we’re eager to provide venues to work together toward our shared goal of transforming transportation. RideAmigos users aren’t competitors, but colleagues in creating meaningful and impactful change.

If your organization is considering starting a transportation management program to improve the commuting experience of your employees; reduce traffic, parking, and environmental impact; or stand out from the crowd with cutting-edge benefits, RideAmigos provides the most comprehensive toolkit and all the support you need to succeed.

We’ll occasionally feature some of our recipes here on our blog, so stay tuned. Or, if you’re already a RideAmigos customer, be sure you’re signed up for our Academy newsletter where you’ll receive all the latest updates about new features, seminars, recipes, and more.