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Date: 06-19-2009

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Laura Koprowski

(o) 614-233-4126

(c) 614-626-1116

MID-OHIO REGIONAL PLANNING COMMISSION PROMOTES RIDESOLUTIONS TO EASE SR 315 CONSTRUCTION WOES

(Columbus-June 19, 2009) The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) is offering its RideSolutions program to help central Ohioan commuters impacted by the State Route 315 construction project get to work. The State Route 315 construction project, scheduled to last for four months, will close 11 entrance and exit ramps along a three mile stretch of roadway.

MORPC's RideSolutions program provides free services to help commuters carpool, vanpool or ride transit during the construction season. Ridesharing not only eases the frustration of road construction but it will also save commuters money in rising fuel costs and help lessen air pollution. RideSolutions staff is also working with area employers in assisting their employees in finding alternative ways to work.

"Our riders appreciate the relaxation that riding, not driving, offers them during the construction slowdowns," states Jacob Shafer a vanpool driver who travels State Route 315.

"The awesome camaraderie makes the time go by quickly. Before you realize it, you've reached your destination and without the stress of driving through the maze of traffic," states vanpool rider Gloria Earley.

"Construction tie-ups are about the number of vehicles, fewer vehicles equal less congestion," said RideSolutions staff member Janet Berardi. "Let RideSolutions help you share the ride and we will all have a better, less stressful commute!"

Contact MORPC's RideSolutions at 1-888-742-RIDE (7433) or visit www.morpc.org.

For more information on the State Route 315 construction visit www.buckeyetraffic.org/315 or call the 24 hour phone line 740-833-8268.

MORPC is a voluntary association of 47 local governments in central Ohio serving the region through planning, direct service, public policy information and innovative programming and intergovernmental coordinating services in the areas of transportation, land use, energy conservation, the environment and housing. MORPC is currently celebrating its 40th Anniversary and its efforts to build a better central Ohio region.