Posts tagged with Carpool
Our friends at the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) recently announced their inaugural Get on Board promotion. This new national awareness and advocacy day is designed to educate about and increase support for public transportation among riders and non-riders, elected officials and stakeholders across the country.
You know we like to do things a little different in The South. We thought it was such a good idea that Georgia Commute Options will be celebrating Get on Board for an entire week. Starting on Earth Day (April 22) we’ll be encouraging commuters to “Get on Board” and make the switch by trying transit for that entire week.
Having a robust transit network in our region is a huge plus!! Across America, people board transit 34 million times each day. Imagine if those were all cars sharing the road. Beyond the congestion, there are environmental, safety, health and economic benefits to riding transit.
Maybe you’re not swayed by statistics; we encourage you to just try it. We’ve found that even the most reluctant riders tend to change their tune after they’ve at least given it a try. And for those that decide to make a change in their commute and stop driving alone, we’ll reward them with up to $150. Georgia Commute options a whole host of rewards for commuters who choose a clean commute.
The Georgia Commute Options team and our regional partners are also working with select employers and worksites to identify employees who could qualify for a free transit pass to use the week of April 22-26. Ask your employer if they are participating. If the answer is no, maybe you should urge them to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
However you want to participate, let’s make it happen and Get on Board April 22-26.
Metro Atlanta is one of the country’s fastest growing metropolitan regions with thousands of people moving here from across the country. Between 2016 and 2017, metro Atlanta gained 90,000 new residents, the third highest population increase of a metro area in the country.
While many people are relocating to the area for new job opportunities, other draws include the improved quality of life, favorable cost of living, nice weather and plenty of entertainment and activities.
With over 90,000 additional people making the area their home, increasing metro Atlanta’s population to nearly 5.8 million, how can the region’s infrastructure be improved to accommodate so many people?
Our partner, Georgia Department of Transportation (DOT) is advancing our infrastructure with the Major Mobility Investment Program (MMIP). These projects are designed to reduce congestion along key freight and passenger corridors, decrease travel times, improve the movement of freight, provide operational improvements and efficiencies and enhance safety. The 11 mobility projects include four new express lanes systems, three interstate widening projects, three interchange projects and commercial vehicle lanes. For the next ten years, we may see increased construction along Georgia roadways, but Georgia DOT is working for you to improve metro Atlanta and the state’s infrastructure by providing increased travel options, enhanced transit operations and reliable trip times.
The Atlanta Regional Commission also recently approved more than 100 transportation projects aimed at improving roads and highways, enhancing local transit service and expand the regions multi-use trail network. Construction of these projects will begin over the next five years.
With increased construction and more people on the roads, Georgia Commute Options can connect you with a new commute option that can help you avoid that stressful drive alone to and from work. When you try a clean commute option such as riding transit, carpooling, vanpooling, and/or teleworking you not only avoid traffic, you can earn cash and prizes.
For more information on commute options and our incentive programs, visit http://gacommuteoptions.com.
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.
April showers may bring May flowers…and May concerts! What better way to enjoy the warm spring weather than by attending a concert around the city? From music festivals, country concerts and jazz festivals, to anything in between, metro Atlanta has a music event for you to enjoy this May.
But with fun concerts comes not-as-fun traffic, whether you’re attending a concert or not. Mark these music events on your calendar:
- Khalid, May 22, Infinite Energy Arena
- Kendrick Lamar with SZA and Schoolboy Q, May 25, Lakewood Amphitheatre
- Kenny Chesney, May 26, Mercedes-Benz Stadium
- Dave Matthews Band, May 26, Lakewood Amphitheatre
- Atlanta Jazz Festival, May 26-27, Piedmont Park
- U2, May 28, Infinite Energy Arena
Then check out these commute options to get there:
- Take transit —all the concerts listed above are accessible through MARTA or Gwinnett County Transit.
- Carpool with friends—chances are you’re all going to the concert together, so save money on gas and parking by riding together.
Want more commute options? Find one that works for you.
From carpooling to transit, multiple commute options are available for metro Atlanta’s commuters. With so many options, most are still opting to drive alone- what’s holding you back from switching your commute?
“My post-work schedule is inconsistent and unpredictable, but I want a consistent commute option.”
“My home or my workplace isn’t located near a transit or MARTA station.”
“I have early-morning or late-afternoon meetings, so my unusual schedule makes it difficult to carpool.”
“I don’t know anyone living near me who could ride with me to work.”
If any of the above sound like an issue for your commute, we have you covered. Multiple commute options are available for you to use – and we can help find the best option for you.
- Biking or walking – More than 25 percent of all car trips are less than a mile. Choose human-powered commuting to squeeze in exercise on your way to and from work. And if you’re new to biking, we can help you get started.
- Carpooling – Even carpooling just a few days a week can help improve congestion on metro Atlanta’s roads. A colleague who has a similar schedule as yours for one to two days each week can be a great carpool partner. Need help finding a partner? Our ridematching service connects more than 50,000 potential carpoolers interested in sharing the ride. And if an unexpected event comes up forcing you to leave work early or late and miss your carpool, our Guaranteed Ride Home program offers up to five free rides home.
- Transit – There’s more than just MARTA around metro Atlanta. Xpress, Cobb LINC and Gwinnett County Transit are all options that can get you to your workplace. And while using transit, you can reduce stress by reading, listening to music or getting a bit of work in, rather than sitting in traffic.
With multiple commute options available in metro Atlanta, more commuters can find an option that works with their schedule and lifestyle. Find an option that works for you: http://bit.ly/2pIvOO9
Finding a carpool partner is a lot like entering into a new relationship: it starts with compatibility. And while finding a carpool partner can be stressful, we’re here to help. Here are three tips to consider when finding your ride match:
- Honesty - Do you consistently work late or have early-morning meetings? Be honest about your weekly schedule to determine if carpooling together will work for you.
- Accountability – Gas, parking and wear and tear on your car add up. Decide if you want to split a set amount of money each week to cover these expenses, or if another way of splitting the costs is right for you. And there’s good news! Georgia Commute Options pays up to $60 in gas cards for new carpools.
- Personality – Some prefer country music. Others prefer pop. And some folks are chatty while others would rather ease into the morning with coffee and minimal conversation. Get a feel for your potential carpool partner by asking what they like to do in their free time or what kind of music they listen to. It’ll help determine if that commute will be the quickest 30 minutes you’ve ever spent in the car.
Ready to find your carpool partner? Visit www.GAcommuteoptions.com.
With additional shoppers on the road, commuting around the holidays can be tough. To make your commute easier during the busy shopping season and beyond, you can try an alternative commute like carpooling, vanpooling, taking transit or biking. If you are indeed thinking about making the switch to a new form of commuting, or you’re looking for a holiday gift for your favorite commuter, check out these suggestions for “must have” commute accessories to add to your wish list this holiday season:
- Noise cancelling, Bluetooth Headphones or earbuds – Listening to music, a podcast or audio book is one of the best ways to unwind before the day starts. Cutting out the chords gives you more freedom and flexibility.
- Tablet, e-reader or book – Many avid readers find their commutes among the best times to squeeze in a few pages. Think of all the reading you can get done while your friends are white knuckling their commutes.
- Backpack, messenger bag or laptop bag – Having a productive commute means bringing your work with you. Stay organized and mobile with a new bag this year.
- Portable batteries/Power Bank – Nothing is worse than being in the middle of a playlist with most of your commute to go and your phone dies. It’s always good to have a backup for those times you can’t plug in.
- Water bottle or travel mug – Whether your choice is water or coffee – we all have to stay hydrated (and awake), right?
- Compact umbrella – The weather can be sporadic this time of year. So having a lightweight umbrella on-hand at all times is essential.
- Waterproof Phone Case: Always being on the go can be tough on those essential accessories. Keep your phone protected with a durable, waterproof case (it’s just one less thing to stress about).
Of course, the best gift of all is a new stress-free commute. Check out all your clean commute options at www.GAcommuteoptions.com.