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Ride sharing program launches

niagararideshareA service to help set up carpooling networks in Niagara was launched Wednesday called Niagara Ride Share.

Modelled on a program in the London area, the service allows people who need rides to work or school or other appointments to make connections with drivers to share the ride.

At the heart of the program is a website where people seeking a ride can register and match up with drivers who have similar destinations.

The project costs $60,000 for two years through the Niagara Prosperity which is funded by Niagara Region. Licencing of the website,  www.niagararideshare.ca, for one year costs $18,000.

Bridges Community Health Centre and the Town of Fort Erie are promoting the service and working with employers and institutions to establish the service.

The system allows people to enter their driving preferences, schedules and destinations and then matches them with others going to the same place at the same time.

It will be most effective for regular commutes but might prove helpful for one-off rides.

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