Commute Options, an initiative of Innovate Memphis, is designed to decrease the use of single-occupancy vehicles in Memphis by encouraging residents to use commute options, such as walking, biking, ridesharing or public transit whenever possible.

The benefits include cost savings on fuel, maintenance and parking; improved physical and mental health and better use of travel time compared to driving.

Yes!  Memphis has invested in improved walkability and more safe streets. Memphis is a city with a bike-friendly culture that includes bike lanes on city streets, protected green lanes, bike racks and bike shops. In fact, in 2012, Bicycling Magazine named Memphis its ‘most improved bike city.’ Our Biking 101 article  provides a refresher and will get you up to speed on biking in Memphis.

You can use our commute community forum to find friends, neighbors and coworkers who live or work near you. You can inquire at work. Often, there are coworkers who would love to save money. You can also check out some of the carpool apps to help you get started.

A vanpool is a van with five or more people who share the ride to work. You split the cost of gas and your or one of your fellow riders drive the van. Visit the Memphis Area RideShare Program for more information.

Taking transit in Memphis is a great option. The Memphis Area Transit Authority (MATA) provides bus service throughout the city and now with transit apps like TransLoc Rider and Google Maps, you can time exactly when the next bus is on the way and the best route to take to get to your destination. Before you plan your trip, take a look at our Transit 101 guide . You can also visit the MATA website for more information.

Commuting by bus is especially easy with the TransLoc Rider app, which lets you quickly locate specific routes and stops and see the location of any bus in your vicinity. It provides real-time location updates and alerts to tell you when your bus is approaching.

Absolutely! Bike racks on buses are clear indicators that multi-modal travel is becoming more and more popular. The Google Maps App allows you to navigate your commute on several modes of transportation in one trip.

The Emergency Ride Home Program provides transportation for registered participants in cases of unforeseen emergencies seven days a week and 24 hours a day. To register or get more details on this great program, go to Memphis Area Rideshare Program.

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Employers are important in helping us create a commute-friendly community. The first step in helping your employees identify the best transportation choices is to contact us  and discuss if your worksite is eligible for additional resources and support. You can also visit our Employers Page for additional information on the benefits of choosing commute options.