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San Mateo Launches Carpooling App – Offers Benefit and Convenience of Automated Carpooling to Employees and Residents

San Mateo and its neighbor, Foster City announced a groundbreaking partnership with Scoop Technologies. The first-of-its-kind program aims to decrease the number of cars on the road and lessen the traffic burdens of commuters going to and from the region.

Anyone with a home or work address in either city will benefit from the program. The cities will utilize the Scoop carpooling app which enables commuters to share their commutes with coworkers and neighbors. The initiative launches October 10 and offers participants rides to work for $2, or the ability to drive and be reimbursed 50-100% of their commute costs. Foster City and San Mateo are contributing $60,000 and $30,000 towards the program, respectively.

“Foster City sits at the entrance to the San Mateo Bridge and is impacted by Bay Area commute time traffic. We want to lessen that impact, not just for commuters but also for our residents. Our partnership with Scoop not only creates temporary incentives to encourage carpooling, but, we hope, will help change the way people think about commuting,” said Foster City Vice Mayor Charlie Bronitsky.

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Commuters can begin scheduling carpools on October 1, with trips starting on Monday, October 10. By partnering with Scoop and sponsoring the program, the two cities will help commuters change their behavior through discounted trip prices. Participation in the program is easy once a commuter downloads the app at takescoop.com or from the iOS or Android app stores.

This program comes at a time when the San Francisco Bay Area is ranked as having the second-worst traffic in the nation. Getting commuters to carpool has historically been difficult, but Scoop makes the process easy, efficient, and flexible through their application. Since launching in 2015, Scoop has become the nationwide leader in carpooling.

To date, commuters have taken more than 225,000 Scoop trips, offsetting 1,750,000 commute miles and lowering carbon emissions by 1,300,000 million pounds. Scoop is currently available to commuters who work in eight Bay Area cities, with Foster City and San Mateo becoming the ninth and tenth. They are the first cities to sponsor Scoop trips for both residents and employees.

“Relieving traffic congestion is one of the San Mateo City Council’s highest priorities,” said San Mateo Mayor Joe Goethals. “We believe that an integrated approach of offering a diverse set of transportation options, including Scoop and other innovative options, can make a significant difference.”

Benefits of public/private partnerships

“Scoop is honored to partner with Foster City and San Mateo to offer a solution to the challenges residents face in their commutes,” said Rob Sadow, CEO of Scoop. “These cities are leaders in providing better lives for their residents while lowering emissions to improve the environment. Through this program, they are setting an example for other cities to follow as congestion remains a top concern for both the public and private sector.”

Employer relationships are integral to Scoop’s business model. In Foster City, Scoop will partner with Visa, Gilead, and Metro Center to bring carpooling to each company’s employees. Scoop partners with major employers, office parks, and local governments through the Bay Area to offer employees an affordable and effective transportation solution. Other partners include Commute.org, Cisco, Workday, Tesla, and Sandisk, representing more than 200,000 San Francisco Bay Area commuters. Scoop also partners with public organizations such as Bay Area MTC and 511. For more information, visit www.takescoop.com.