CommuteSmart gives drivers a break

BIRMINGHAM (WBRC) - It has been more than two years ago since America has seen gas prices as high as they are right now, at about $3.11 in Alabama.

For those drivers looking for a break from the rising cost of commuting, Commute Smart may have a solution. The ride share program matches people with a carpool partner, and pays people to do it.

If you live or work in Jefferson or Shelby County, and if you walk, bike, carpool, vanpool or telecommute, you can get paid $2 a day for the first 90 days. After that, you receive a $25 gift card quarterly.

Commute Smart's Program manager Lindsay Gray says the goal is to reduce the amount of emissions on the roads, reduce the wear and tear on your car and most of all, save drivers money on gas.

"The experts are saying $4 a gallon. We'll see. And people are shocked to see $3 a gallon, so share the ride," Gray said.

You must sign up with the program and log your commutes in order to receive the rewards, and they will let you know how much money you are really saving.

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