Park & Ride Lot Opens at Jefferson Centre in Fluvanna - NBC29 WVIR Charlottesville, VA News, Sports and Weather

Park & Ride Lot Opens at Jefferson Centre in Fluvanna

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 Ride Share 
Press Release

(CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA – July 16, 2013) A Park & Ride lot has been established at the Jefferson Centre shopping center on Turkeysag Trail in Fluvanna County, providing a convenient meeting place for Lake Monticello residents that carpool to Charlottesville or other locations. The Park & Ride spaces are located to the left of the shopping center in a section of the lot that faces Turkeysag Trail.

The Park & Ride lot was a result of an effort from RideShare, Fluvanna County Board of Supervisors and CBRE Charlottesville, which manages the Jefferson Centre property. An agreement between the County and property owner allows a portion of the lot to be officially for Park & Ride use as recognized by the Virginia Department of Transportation. The agreement designates 15 spots that are available for commuters. "This is a wonderful service that the Jefferson Centre is providing to the community," says RideShare Program Manager, Lisa Horanyi. "We hope this will encourage more Lake Monticello residents to carpool on a regular basis. This could lead to decreased traffic on Route 53 as well as an increase in customer traffic at the Jefferson Centre. Everyone wins – the commuters, the businesses and Fluvanna County."

According to the latest US Census Data, approximately 60% of working Lake Monticello residents commute to jobs in Charlottesville or Albemarle County. The average commute from Lake Monticello to Charlottesville is 7,500 miles per year. By carpooling, residents can cut their mileage and commute costs in half or more, reduce wear and tear on their vehicles and help reduce traffic congestion. Commuters that park and ride are also more likely to spend money where they park and keep sales tax dollars in their county.

RideShare provides an easy way for commuters in the Central Virginia region to connect and form carpools and offers a free Guaranteed Ride Home to anyone carpooling at least twice a week. Register online at www.rideshareinfo.org or call RideShare at 888-974-5500.

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