Looking for easy ways to save money or be less stressed? Why not switching up your commute a bit? A new, cleaner commute can be super fun, save some money, put more dough in your pocket, and help relieve some of your daily stress. And it’s just a mouse click away. Georgia Commute Options can help get your started with a variety of options for clean commuting.
- If you have a carpool of three people, you can earn a $40 gas card, and if you carpool with four or more people, you can earn a $60 gas card — each month you carpool for 12 months within a 3-year period.
- Georgia Commute Options provides a free ridematching service to help you find carpool partners. We have thousands in our database looking for the same thing, and some might live or work near you.
- Vanpooling allows you to ride in a van along with 7-15 other clean commuters.
- Referring a new vanpool rider earns you $50 after the new rider has completed three consecutive months in a vanpool. And you can refer as many new riders as you want, for as long as you are vanpooling.
- When you take transit to work and log your trips online, you are entered into a drawing to win a $25 gift card each month.
- Several employers offer discounted transit passes or help you purchase them with pre-tax dollars. Check with your HR department to see if you qualify.
- Many employers allow you to work from home, which can increase your productivity and reduce your stress levels.
- When you log your telework days with Georgia Commute Options, you are entered into a drawing to win a $25 gift card each month. 1 in 10 win!
Compressed Work Week
- Some employees work a Compressed Work Week, which means compressing a full 40 hours into fewer than five days, giving you at least one less day to commute to and from work.
- Fit in your workout as part of your commute, enjoy an emissions-free trip, and avoid sitting in traffic.
- When you log those trips, even if it’s just part of the way, you are entered into a drawing to win a $25 gift card each month.
If you couldn’t tell, Georgia Commute Options is here to help you save money and earn even more. For more information on all of the incentive programs available to metro Atlanta commuters, click here.
Victoria is the Junior Communications Specialist for the Georgia Commute Options team - helping out with writing, editing, and maintaining all our important deadline schedules. She's a big fan of carpooling and Reese's. Want to get in touch with Victoria? Click here.
I’m Baaack! I ride transit because it makes CENTS for me and can even be relaxing. Plus, I get to pocket the savings for my favorite hobbies – eating, traveling and clearance shopping (did someone say shoes?)! I even have curb service right in my neighborhood for those days I want to stay parked.
You can find me on the MARTA line in my “cutie off-duty shoes,” as my colleague calls them, listening to music, reading, or daydreaming about my next splurge from my savings.
So, what is the big deal with having a calendar monthly or 30-day unlimited ride MARTA pass? Well let me tell you. I get to eat, work, and play all on MARTA. Just to show you, I chronicled my ventures, excluding my daily commute to the office, on MARTA for a month:
- April 8: Business dinner with colleague
- April 9: Stand Up 4 Transportation Rally at MARTA Five Points Station
- April 10: Car left at Firestone (Lenox) for repair; take train to work
- April 11:Dogwood Festival at Piedmont Park
- April 13: Commuter Event in Midtown
- April 17:University Earth Day in Midtown
- April 22: Lunch with colleagues in Midtown
- April 28: Social outing in City of Decatur
- April 29: Georgia Commute Options Commute Honors awards breakfast in Downtown Atlanta
- May 1: Doc appointment at Emory
- May 3: Atlanta Women’s Expo at Georgia World Congress Center
- May 6: Business meeting at Starbucks in Buckhead
- May 7: Quick run to the post office at Buckhead Loop
- May 8: Business lunch in Midtown
- MARTA’s Scavenger Hunt – Saturday, June 20
- Braves Game
- Airport for travel
Try it! Remember to check the MARTA On the Go App for schedules and the electronic information signs in the rail stations to make sure you don’t get left behind.
In the words of my favorite scholar, Dr. Seuss, “Oh, The Places You’ll Go… you can steer yourself any direction you choose.”
Tanya is marketing lead for MARTA’s Partnership Program assisting metro Atlanta companies with transit commuting solutions. She is a 14-year MARTA rider and advocate. To learn how your company can offer MARTA passes visit: itsmarta.com/employer. Read her first blog article here: Confessions of a Reformed Car-holic!