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Mobility Authority Unites Carma and Meals on Wheels and More in “Drive for Thanksgiving Carma” Campaign

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We all know carpooling helps improve the flow of traffic in Austin  and throughout Central Texas.  But did you know that carpooling this November will help feed the hungry? Thanks to a partnership between Mobility Authority’s partner Carma and Meals on Wheels and More (MOWAM), carpooling this month provides community benefits beyond easing roadway congestion. Just in time for the holidays, Carma has pledged to donate $1 to MOWAM for every carpool trip logged by Central Texas residents on the Carma app through November 30.  The Mobility Authority is pleased to have facilitated this community partnership.

Haven’t heard of Carma? Here is how it works: people with similar commutes are matched and introduced by the convenient smartphone app. Not only does this technology makes is easy to share the driving, Carma logs the trip and transfers a reimbursement from rider to driver when the trip is complete.

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Austin traffic can present a real challenge for the dedicated volunteers of MOWAM, who deliver hot, nutritious meals to seniors and homebound residents of Williamson and Travis counties.  If Carma carpoolers log 1,250 carpools this month, donations will fund 500 meals, while also alleviating some of Austin’s holiday traffic and helping ensure meals are delivered on time.  Sharing rides to make the holiday season a little brighter is a cause the Mobility Authority is proud to get behind.

Carma launched earlier this year to help put Austin’s empty car seats to good use. Through a partnership with the Mobility Authority, Carma carpoolers are reimbursed for 50 percent of their tolls on the 183A and 290 Toll roads. While originally slated to end this year, the program has been so successful the Mobility Authority decided to extend the incentive until June 2015.  This is just one of the ways we use innovative technology to expand mobility options for Central Texas residents.

To participate in the “Drive for Thanksgiving Carma,” download the free Carma Carpooling app for iPhone or Android by visiting www.carmacarpool.com/austin and use it to find carpool buddies nearby whose route and schedule match yours. Record your carpools by touching “Start Trip” in the app before you begin your commute and “End Trip” once you reach your destination. Carma will donate the total amount raised to MOWAM in early December just in time for the holidays.

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