Officials encourage carpooling in Rio Rancho

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (KRQE) – Many people in Rio Rancho commute to and from Albuquerque for work. Officials said they’re encouraging people to share rides when going to the same place.

“This is something that is going to be a behavioral change in the way we currently move through the region right now,” said Augusta Meyers, Communications Manager for Middle Region Council of Governments of New Mexico.

Meyers said people in the state are unlikely to carpool. She said especially in New Mexico’s fastest growing city.

“So right now only 9% of people in Rio Rancho are carpooling,” said Meyers. “83% are driving single vehicles.”

The City of Rio Rancho said they always encourage carpooling.

“We need more people to carpool,” said Lauren Hudson.

Hudson said she’s tried to kick off carpooling in Rio Rancho. She even joined the site Carpooling World.

“I was trying to find other options to get to work,” said Hudson.

The site lets you sign up to drive or find drivers. Some people used it in Albuquerque, but not many in Rio Rancho.

“I kind of joined but I couldn’t find anybody specifically,” said Hudson.

With nearly 50% of people in Rio Rancho commuting to Albuquerque, we asked what people thought about ride-sharing.

“I’ve never considered carpooling,” said one driver. “I can say that.”

Meyers said she has hope though that things can change.

“There are plenty of other cities, especially more densely populated than our area that use these ride share programs now and they’re very successful,” said Meyers.

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