Commuteride—Ada County Highway District's vanpool program—hit a milestone this morning when the network's 100th van hit the road from the Boise Towne Square Mall toward Mountain Home Air Force Base. Airman First Class Rachel Blevins picked up the keys to the van Oct. 22.
The program was dubbed Valley Commuteride in 1977 and began with two rented vans. Today, Commuteride counts 980 regular riders, comuting from as far as Mahueur, Oregon and Elmore counties. In 2011, Commuteride estimated that it had saved an estimated 13.8 million miles of individual car trips, which could have pumped more than 1,300 tons of carbon dioxide into the Treasure Valley.