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RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

Romance is not the first thing most of us think of when we think of car pooling. Then there's Steve and Sue Deaver(ph) of Hillsboro, Oregon. They were car pooling buddies who became buddies for life.

Mrs. SUE DEAVER: We enjoyed being together, you know, in the car.

Mr. STEVE DEAVER: That's where I proposed to Sue...

Mrs. DEAVER: Right.

Mr. DEAVER: ...was in the car.

STEVE INSKEEP, host:

They may be happy to learn that some companies are now offering perks to employees who cut down on driving. This month, the Environmental Protection Agency released a list of workplaces that offer the best incentives for commuters.

MONTAGNE: Intel ranked number one. Mark Gorman is in charge of Intel's commuter program.

Mr. MARK GORMAN (Intel Commuter Program): Intel will pay $30 per month of their transit costs to commute via commuter rail or bus. We've got bike lockers and showers for bicyclists. We've got food court-style cafes, ATM machines so you don't have to leave at lunchtime and do your banking.

MONTAGNE: Mark Gorman says public transportation and car pools have become relaxing downtime for some.

Mr. GORMAN: We had an employee in Arizona. He got his MBA by studying during the van pool ride and working on his laptop.

INSKEEP: Among the 16,000 employees at Intel's Oregon campus, there's been a 14 percent increase in transit ridership. Sue Deaver, the car pool bride, says money is a factor.

Mrs. DEAVER: You're not having to pay for the extra gas. An extra 20 or $40 every week begins to add up.

MONTAGNE: Sue and Steve Deaver have now been married for six years. They relive their ride-share romance every morning, car pooling to work at Intel.

INSKEEP: And you can see which other companies have the best commuter programs by going to npr.org.

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