Ride sharing is proving to be more popular as commuter parking lots fill up. Drivers are using about half of the 6,000 commuter parking spaces in the more than 100 lots across the state. There’s no doubt gas prices are contributing to people using the lots, said spokesman Sandra Hentges with the state department of transportation.
"More people are interested in commuting trying to save gas and save money and so therefore they’re parking in our commuter lots to meet the people they’re riding with," she said.
Encouraging people to use the commuter lots isn’t just about saving people money.
"MODOT is certainty a friend of the environment, so we want to keep air emissions low and keep our state a good state to live and work in," Hentges said.
Several lots in the St. Louis area are generally full. St. Louis County lots and one in St. Charles County are also close to capacity.