Commute Solutions Month

City and county leaders from Houston and Galveston have kicked off what they call commute solutions month. Their goal is to improve the city's air quality by putting fewer people on the roads and getting workers to their destinations as quickly as possible. Bill Stamps has more.
Whether it's light rail, the bus, or car pooling with a coworker, members of the Houston-Galveston Area Council would like the public to pick their own commute solution in August. They’re asking you to go online and make a pledge. What you pledge is up to you. Alan Clark is the Director of Transportation planning for the council.

"The whole thrust of our effort is to make everyone aware that it's the small things that you can do that really makes a big difference in not only reducing vehicle congestion, saving yourself some gasoline, and giving yourself an easier way to get to work."

If you sign on to mysolutions.com, you'll find a list of things that you can do to help clean the air. Examples include upgrading your home heating and cooling system, sharing a ride to work or school, postponing using gas engines like lawnmowers until after 6pm, avoiding drive-thru lanes, and taking your lunch to work. Some of these you may already do, others you may not have thought about. This is Harris County Judge Ed Emmit.

"There are many many things that people can do to help relieve the traffic congestion and it also makes your life so much simpler, it lessens the frustrations if you will."

James Patterson is Precinct Four commissioner for Fort Bend County.

"Our solution as a county, we are actively looking at three more park and ride locations. The tough part is you have to go through a little bit of bureaucracy. We can all drive out there today and we could all pick the right site but you have to go through a process a say is that the right site or is some crazy one it."

They say one bus takes about 58 cars off the road. If taking the bus isn't for you, there are plenty of other things you can do to reduce your commute. 

Bill Stamps, KUHF News.