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Congratulations! We just saved the community over Rs 2 Lakh!

Thank you for your support, Auroville Community. As of 25th April, Shared Transport Services (STS) was able to prevent 101 single-taxi trips to Chennai resulting in carbon savings of 4,737 kgs and cost savings of Rs 222,200.

We can further reduce cost of travel, environmental impact and traffic congestion, if more taxi bookings are done through STS.

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Congratulations, Auroville community. We just saved a tonne in carbon emissions!!!!!

As of 21st Feb, Shared Transport Services (STS) has saved 22 taxi trips, approximately 1,031.8 kgs in carbon emissions and a minimum of Rs 22,000.

Thank you for your support! We can further reduce cost of travel, environmental impact and traffic congestion, if more taxi bookings are done through STS.

In collaboration with Auro Cabs, Shared Transport Services (STS) was able to complete its first 3-person sharing trip! One passenger was dropped at Chennai Airport and 2 passengers were picked up on the way back to Auroville. Each passenger was able to make up to Rs 1,450 in savings and cut carbon emissions by approximately 95kg.

Thank you for your support! We can further reduce cost of travel, environmental impact and traffic congestion, if more taxi bookings are done through STS.

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Making taxi sharing more feasible and convenient

It is estimated that, during peak season, 50 taxis go to Chennai everyday from Auroville. Most of them heading for the Airport or Railway station for a pick-up or a drop. This translates into more than one Taxi every hour of the day.

Yet, it is not possible to share these taxis readily as they are booked through multiple taxi operators/units within and outside of Auroville.

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This results in a monthly expenditure of 31 lakhs (1.8 crores for 6 months) and carbon emission of 60,970 Kg (3.6 lakh Kg of carbon emission in 6 months)

We have created a not-for-profit Transport Sharing Service STS in order to
- Reduce cost
- Reduce carbon emissions
- Reduce traffic

We will achieve this by consolidating rides. Note that we will not buy any new taxis and use taxis from Auroville Taxi Units and from outside (where necessary)

The working groups of Auroville have responded positively to this initiative and so have all the taxi companies.

Auro Cabs have come forward to facilitate booking through one portal. Auronet will assist with sofware development.

earth&us along with Sathish from Surrender (150dpi) have developed the present version of the booking.

Once the booking is done, earth&us and Aurocab team will club people together for a taxi for both onward and return journeys based on their preferences. It will also ask them if they are willing to shift their times in order to share a taxi.

We hope to launch the service shortly and request everyone to book all their taxis through this common portal. The service will get more and more effective as more and more people use it.

Please let us know if you have any suggestions.

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earth&us is exploring ways for the Auroville community to experience abundance through sharing.

By sharing one enhances collaboration, trust and solidarity while reducing cost, unnecessary resource consumption and environmental degradation.

The interesting thing about sharing is more sharing results in more abundance

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As a first step in this direction we are creating a common portal for taxis so that taxi sharing becomes more convenient.

We are calling it the Shared Transport Service. This a not-for-profit service initiative. We are developing it in collaboration with Auronet.

We are also planning to start other initiatives that help us in experiencing true abundance through sharing while being conscious of resource consumption.

Suggestions are welcome

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