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Super Bowl LIII is right around the corner. No doubt it will be a week to remember for Atlanta and all the visitors, but for the daily drivers it might mean extra frustration getting to work. Thousands of visitors will soon descend on the region, jamming local streets and adding to the congestion that commuters experience every day. Numerous lane and street closures are planned around The Benz and beyond due to related festivities across Atlanta.
The Big Game promises to be a windfall for many of Metro Atlanta’s businesses, but the associated traffic has a real cost as well. For residents and commuters, this means finding ways to navigate an already tricky commute. For the region’s companies, this increase in congestion has a real cost in productivity; when staff is battling their commute, they’re not getting work done. Luckily there is an organization that is here to help those who are looking for an alternative. For commuters, we are here to help you find another option to driving alone that can work for you. Not only that, but we’ll pay you to make that change.
Share the ride
Whether you ride transit, carpool, vanpool, bike, walk or work from home, Georgia Commute Options will reward you for trading in your solo commute.
Gimme $5- Earn $5/day, up to $150 over a 90-day period for making the switch.
$25 Prizes- Log you clean commutes to be entered into monthly drawings for $25 gift cards.
$40-$60 gas cards- Earn gas cards for logging carpool commutes.
Guaranteed Ride Home- When the unexpected happens, Georgia Commute Options will pay for your ride home.
For businesses looking to maintain productivity, this is just the right time to get serious about telework as a valuable component to your business continuity plan. You’re in luck! Georgia Commute Options has worksite advisors that can help tailor a program that will work for your company.
No company is the same, but there are some general guidelines that can help put your organization on the right track to successfully implementing a telework program that not only provides your employees with the benefits of telework, but also yields positive results for you as the employer. We are happy to share these resources to get you going in the right direction.
Flexwork Services Overview:
Starting from scratch? No problem! From compressed work weeks to telework there is a flexwork program that can help almost every worksite. Click here for your one-stop-shop for information on flexwork programs and the benefits.
Maybe you’ve had an informal telework program but you’re thinking about making it a little more structured. Here are some reasons to formalize your telework program.
If you’d like to take the next step in setting up your flexwork program, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 1-877-9GA-OPTIONS and one of our worksite advisors can help you tailor a flexwork program to fit your organization.
CobbLinc provides local bus service within Cobb County and commuter buses to and from Downtown and Midtown Atlanta. With 14 lines and 56 buses, CobbLinc makes 802 stops and travels 10,327 miles each weekday. With the recently opened Northwest Corridor Express Lanes, CobbLinc riders can benefit from faster trip times and ride in the reversible lanes toll-free.
Areas it Serves
CobbLinc routes connect the most populated areas of Cobb County, including Mableton and Kennesaw. Services operate Monday through Saturday, allowing residents to seamlessly travel throughout Cobb county and into metro Atlanta. Express routes operate to metro Atlanta, connecting with MARTA at the Arts Center station. With several local and express routes, most CobbLinc routes begin and end at the Marietta Transfer Center, and several operate from the Cumberland Boulevard Transfer Center. CobbLinc provides detailed maps and schedules of each of its routes as well as the option to track your bus in real-time.
Cobb county is Georgia’s third most populous county and many residents rely on CobbLinc to get them to and from work and around town for errands and visits with family and friends. CobbLinc offers eight convenient park and ride lot locations as well as FLEX service, an on-demand, curbside bus service that is open to all passengers who schedule through a reservation. Local routes are $2.50 and express routes are $5.00. A Breeze card can also be used, providing commuters with the option to use both CobbLinc or MARTA.
Whether as their sole transit provider or by connecting with one of the region’s other transit services, more than 500,000 commuters rely on the MARTA system every weekday - making MARTA one of the top 10 transportation agencies in the U.S. With the ability to take you to work, to an Atlanta United game, or your favorite restaurant or attraction in metro Atlanta, MARTA’s combined bus and rail network is made up of 110 lines and 437 buses, traveling an average of 97,786 miles each weekday.
Areas it Serves
Is the thought of 110 lines a little overwhelming? Fear not—MARTA is here to make your commute easier. MARTA provides a detailed map for all the routes and rail lines, so you can find your best possible commute and plan your trip. MARTA operates primarily within the metro Atlanta perimeter, in Fulton, Clayton and DeKalb counties. Rails run north, south, east, west and northeast, with the lines connecting at Five Points station in downtown. Bus routes cover and connect every metro Atlanta community.
Not only does MARTA save you the anxiety of sitting in traffic, it also saves you money. A monthly MARTA Breeze card or 30-Day Pass is only $95, compared to the average $965 a month it costs to drive alone. A one-way trip is $2.50, and there are passes for commuters that take multiple trips a day including 1-4, 7, 10, 20 or 30-day passes that provide unlimited rides during the time frames you choose.
With the goal to make interstates safer, cheaper, and more efficient, Xpress provides workers throughout metro Atlanta with reliable service, multi-ride discounts, free park-and-ride lots and free transfers to MARTA. Their buses carry more than 1.8 million passenger trips annually, removing 55 million miles of congestion from the interstate each year. Xpress is operated by The State Road and Tollway Authority (SRTA).
Areas it Serves
Xpress serves 13 metro Atlanta counties: Cherokee, Clayton, Coweta, Cobb, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry, Paulding and Rockdale through 27 routes. Xpress is also taking advantage of the new, time-saving Northwest Corridor Express Lanes that run 29.7 miles along I-75 from Akers Mill Road to Hickory Grove Road and along I-575 from I-75 to Sixes Road. By choosing to ride Xpress, commuters can ride toll-free in the new reversible lanes. With 27 park-and-ride locations, Xpress draws ridership from 44 counties and provides a connection between 3.4 million residents and 375,000 jobs.
Xpress provides workers with reliable, stress-free commutes to and from major employment centers in Downtown, Midtown, and Perimeter Center. The park and ride locations allow commuters in cities that do not have direct access to MARTA, such as Newnan, Dacula and Conyers, to still have a convenient transit option.
Over the next week, the Georgia Commute Options blog will explore metro Atlanta’s transit options as part of our upcoming Try Transit initiative, encouraging commuters to try one of the many transit options around the metro area.
Metro Atlanta has a variety of transit options, but not all commuters have given them a try or even know they exist. We’re encouraging commuters to Try Transit September 17-21 to discover the benefits of riding transit on your way to work. Switching from riding alone to a clean commute option could save you money, reduce stress and even help maximize productivity on your way to work. Plus, with the recent opening of the I-75 Northwest Corridor Express Lanes, CobbLinc and Xpress buses traveling along I-75 and I-575 in Cobb and Cherokee counties can bypass the traffic of the regular travel lanes. Transit and registered vanpool customers can travel in the lanes toll-free, incentivizing commuters to try clean commute options and reducing the number of cars on the road.
When you drive change in your commute, you’re helping us all breathe easier, and we want to reward you for that change. Eligible commuters who switch to a clean commute option like transit can earn $5 a day – with the ability to earn up to $150 over an assigned 90-day period.
If you aren’t sure which transit option might be right for you, check out our upcoming blog series and follow along as we highlight metro Atlanta transit providers.
Don’t want to wait? Click here to learn about our Try Transit initiative and how you can participate.
Everyone has a morning routine. You hit the alarm, brush your teeth, make some toast and you’re out the door.
And then you sit.
You sit in a long line of cars getting to their next stop, thinking about the day ahead and that long, long, long to-do list. The person next to you just spilled coffee on their shirt and the guy in front of you just realized he forgot his anniversary. But what about you?
Georgia Commute Options wants to remind you that even though we all have our morning routines, they can be better. And when you use a commute alternative, you’re already halfway there. Check out our latest video showing the benefits of exploring different commute options, and how trying something different may just help you start your day off with a brand-new attitude.
If you’re ready to experience a more rewarding commute, check out the options that make for a literally more rewarding commute.
Drive Change with Georgia Commute Options.
After pedaling across the finish line of Biketober, Atlanta’s Annual Bike Challenge, you might be wondering where our collective two-wheeled endeavors took us.
From the BeltLine to Path400, bike lanes to cul-de-sacs, Biketober results exceeded expectations. Participation in this year’s challenge increased 31 percent, with a total of 1,762 riders. These riders logged nearly 30,000 trips during the challenge – a 49 percent increase from the previous year.
In addition to enjoying a less stressful commute, participants in Biketober helped reduce congestion and emissions across the region, something we all stand to benefit from. We also awarded more than 20 prizes to participants! Take a look at everything riders won this year:
$600 towards a bike or bike gear from a bike shop of your choice
Winner: Currie Cole Smith - Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc. - Team Kimley-Horn
$500 towards a bike of your choice
Winner: Joseph Gardner –The Biking Dead
Uuni Pizza Oven
Winner: Tom Rasmussen – Bikefriendlyatl
$100 gift card for Vespertine NYC apparel
Winner: Tim Ehlbeck – Team Daimler Bikers North America
2 x T2 Helmet from Torch
Winner: Daniel Pastrich – Team Monkey Business
Winner: Candice Thiessen
Men's or Women's apparel set from Patagonia
Winner: Sean Sanders - Morgan Stanley – Atlanta
Winner: Alice Grossman - Georgia Tech CEE Transpo
Two tickets to ANY show at Dad's Garage
Winner: Linda Rathje – Team Stevens & Wilkinson
Two tickets to Mission: Escape Atlanta
Winner: Robyn Stoddard - high consequence commuters
Gift Card to the new Georgia Beer Garden
Winner: Nathan Woodruff - Council of State and Territorial – Epidemiologists
4 x $25 gift cards from Midway Pub
Winner: Alex Fite Wassilak - TSW Planners
Winner: Dave G - Manifest Speed
Winner: Kat Meagley - Just Keep Spinning
Winner: Scott Palmer - Bike Roswell! Board 2017
Passes to Atlanta Rocks! Indoor Climbing Gym
Winner: Angela Speeth - Lord Aeck Sargent-1
4 x Free Flight Coupons to the new Monday Night Brewing Garage
Winner: Sarah Kuester - CDC Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity
Winner: Aung Aung - Georgia State University - Adair Park
Winner: Yeou Jih - City of Atlanta Resilient - Road Warriors
Winner: Yolonda Freeman - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
4 x all-inclusive tickets to any Family Series Show at the Center for Puppetry Arts
Winner: Joel Webber - FullStorians
Winner: Jeevan Kumar Makam - RCEC team
Winner: Christian DiCenso - Delta Air Lines Cycling Club
Winner: Tenisio Seanima - For Alice
1 x free week (5 days Monday through Friday) of Good Measure Meals (valued at $120.00)
Winner: Pearl Caplan - CDC Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity
Southwest Airlines Certificates (valued at $150.00 each)
Winner: Jennifer Leavey - Georgia Tech Sci Riders
Many thanks go to our generous sponsors for enlivening the competition by making these prizes possible. And to all who participated, thank you for making Biketober 2017 a huge success. We hope you all join us again next year!
- The Georgia Commute Options Team