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On June 21st, public transportation agencies nationwide will be encouraging commuters to “Dump the Pump.” Dump the Pump is an annual effort to get commuters to try public transit to avoid high gas prices. In metro Atlanta, dumping the pump saves commuters in more ways than one. 

The average driver spends $2,250 annually* at the pump. Trying a transit commute puts that cash back in commuters’ pockets, and saves on the costs commuters spend for the daily wear and tear on their car.  

Beyond the pump, commuters save in other ways. By taking public transit, commuters save themselves from the stress of driving in traffic. Studies show that drivers have the most stressful commutes, dealing with unexpected delays and traffic congestion. Public transit allows riders to unwind on their commute and relax. 

Transit commutes also save riders time as they can multitask on the ride. Rather than focusing on the road, transit riders can answer emails, read a book, even nap on their way to and from the office. Commuters report this makes the ride seem faster as well, as they get more done on the ride. 

Finally, riders help save themselves from the health risks of poor air quality. The majority of the air pollution in metro Atlanta is formed by vehicle emissions. Solo car commutes produce the most vehicle emissions per commuting person. And when these emissions “get cooked” by the heat and sunlight of our spring and summer weather, it can create levels of smog pollution that is unhealthy for some or all populations (sign up to receive smog alerts.) Taking transit reduces the amount of vehicle emission added to the air, reducing the amount of smog we breathe. 

We encourage you to try transit as your commute option on June 21st to discover all the ways you save.

If you are trying transit for the first time, you can sign up to earn $5 a day for up to $150, just for taking a clean commute option. Learn more about our incentive programs here. 

*This average is based on a vehicle that get 20 MPG driving 15,000 miles per year, with the average cost of gas at $3 per gallon.



Did you know the average driver spends $2,250 annually* just filling up on gas? While gas prices may fluctuate this summer, many metro Atlantans can save money by trying a more fuel-efficient commute option.  

June 21st is National Dump the Pump Day, a day that encourages people to take transit instead of driving a car. Try transit as your commute option for just one day and see how the roughly $5 round-trip fare saves you not only the stress of commuting in traffic, but puts cash back in your pocket.

Whether metro Atlanta drivers choose walking, biking, carpooling, vanpooling, taking transit or trying a FlexWork arrangement, commuters can save money and spend it on festivals, game tickets and more.

Consider what you could do with the money you save from a clean commute:

Expense: With a 12-gallon tank, the average cost to fill up a vehicle’s tank per week in metro Atlanta is more than $35, whereas a 7-day MARTA pass is $23.75.
Savings: You can treat yourself to coffee and a donut on your way to work each day at one of these 20 Essential Coffee Shops in Metro Atlanta.

Expense: The average cost of car insurance for a metro Atlanta driver is $1,335 annually. You don’t need insurance to ride transit.
Savings: With the cash you save, your group of 10 friends could get tickets to Music Midtown or to a festival on this list of Best Music Festivals in Metro Atlanta.

Expense: The American Public Transportation Association reports that owning and operating a vehicle in metro Atlanta costs $9,583 annually, when factoring in maintenance, parking, insurance and fuel costs. Twelve 30-day transit passes would cost $1,140 – saving you over $8,400 per year.
Savings: With $8,400, you could purchase tickets to the Super Bowl or take a vacation to Greece.

To earn even more money to put towards your summer vacation, sign up for one of our incentive programs and earn $5 a day for up to $150. Check out all our incentives here.

 

*This average is based on a vehicle that get 20 MPG driving 15,000 miles per year, with the average cost of gas at $3 per gallon.



Your to-do list is growing: saving money, avoiding traffic, reducing stress. While you may think these goals can’t be accomplished, a new commute option, such as transit, can make it possible.

Georgia Commute Options is hoping that number will grow during the week of May 14-18th during its inaugural Clear the Deck Challenge, a regional initiative to reduce parking consumption through the promotion of alternatives to driving alone. Participating property managers and employers will challenge their employees to use cleaner commute options such as taking transit for at least one day during that week.

With multiple stations around metro Atlanta, MARTA can be a convenient and stress-free option for your commute.

From Atlantic Station to Palisades Office Park, multiple business centers are located within a 10-minute walk from a MARTA station. If a station is close to your workplace, you can also benefit by exploring restaurants, attractions and things to do near the stations:

  • Arts Center – Get a dose of culture at the High Museum of Art, Woodruff Arts Center or the Museum of Design during your lunch hour.
  • Buckhead – With an endless assortment of restaurants, Buckhead Station is your one-stop spot for trying some of metro Atlanta’s best cuisine.
  • Dome/Phillips Arena – After work, head to some of metro Atlanta’s most popular attractions, including Centennial Olympic Park, CNN Center and Mercedes-Benz Stadium, easily accessible from the Dome/Phillips Arena Station.
  • Midtown – On pretty days in the spring, take your office meeting outdoors at Piedmont Park.

Coming from a little further out of the city? Xpress offers 27 routes in 12 metro Atlanta counties, providing a connection between 3.4 million residents and 375,000 jobs. For an option around the Clifton corridor and the community surrounding Emory University, try Cliff Shuttles. Gwinnett County Transit provides express buses along six routes using the HOV lanes of I-85 as well as five local routes.

Is your employer participating in Clear the Deck? Switch up your commute and try transit. Find an option that works for you: https://bit.ly/2pZ0J7H



You know spring is here when the Atlanta Braves host their home opener. If you’re headed to SunTrust Park March 29th, consider taking advantage of transit to avoid traffic and parking costs. SunTrust Park has three commute options – CobbLinc, MARTA or the new Cumberland Circulator - designed to get Braves fans to the game quickly.

· CobbLinc – Cobb County’s CobbLinc bus departs from the Arts Center MARTA station and travels near SunTrust Park. Just exit the bus at Cobb Parkway and Windy Ridge Road, and walk 10 minutes up Windy Ridge Parkway to the stadium.

· MARTA – Three MARTA stations, Arts Center, Medical Center and Dunwoody, are all about a 15-minute car ride away. A MARTA bus departs from the Midtown MARTA station and travels to the Cumberland Mall Transfer center. From there, connect with the new Cumberland Circulator shuttle to reach the stadium.

· Cumberland Circulator – CobbLinc runs three routes – blue, green and red – that run within the Cumberland area.

Purchase your game tickets, wear your Braves jersey and hop on a transit option to get to the game before the first pitch.

To find other commute options in your area, 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.  



Are you someone who loves to drive, or someone who just does it because you think you have to? For one day, why don’t you challenge yourself to plan your travels without using your vehicle. On Friday, September 22, put your keys on the counter and don’t even think about them because it is International Car Free Day. You might find that commute alternatives are easier than you thought, so give it a try.

There are a ton of resources out there to help you take the one-day challenge:

-        If transit might be the answer- try MARTA’s Trip planner. While you’re on there you can also find information about fares and where to buy your Breeze Card.

-        Maybe you want to ride a bike for the day- There are lots of resources out there that can help.

  • If you live in Atlanta, check out their Relay Bike Share Program.
  • If you live outside of Atlanta, check Zagster’s website to see other participating locations.

-        Talk to your boss to see if teleworking is an option on that day.

-        Visit the Georgia Commute Options site or download the app to find a potential carpool partner or explore other alternative options.

Check out a Car Free event happening around Atlanta

City of Decatur:

There will be a celebration at the Historic Old Courthouse Square from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Take the pledge to go car free to enter a raffle for two Decatur Wine Festival tickets.

Participants can join for information on alternative transportation options from GA Commute Options, the Lifelong Community Board, Decatur Active Living, the Emory Cliff Bus and more.

Visit www.decaturga.com/carfree for more info.



“There is no downside to using transit,” says long-term Commuter Champion

We love our rock star transit commuters! Martin Chen became a Commuter Champion back in 2012 and is still taking transit like a boss.

When you take transit, you can delegate the driving to someone else and use your commute for some valuable me-time! Plus, you’re doing your part to take cars off the road and ease traffic congestion for everyone.

Read Martin’s story and consider how transit could improve your daily commute!

When did you decide to ride transit to and from work for the first time, and why?

From the very beginning when I came back to Atlanta after college.

Name the top five best things about riding transit to and from work.

Avoiding traffic, being able to do something else other than driving, predictability, mental health, and people watching.

How far do you live from the nearest train station or bus stop?

We chose our house to ensure that we were close to a MARTA rail station and on the bus route. I live less than .25 miles from a bus stop and within 3 miles of two train stations.

If you have children, has the possibility of emergencies influenced your decision to ride transit to and from work?

I have three children. All three are in a daycare that we chose because it was close to the MARTA rail line so that I would not need a car.

How often do you worry about the weather as a transit rider?

I can go door-to-door without ever being exposed to precipitation. On the elevated platforms at most stations, however, you are buffeted by the cold winds. On those extreme days, I just drive to another station that is not exposed to the elements, like Sandy Springs station.

Does riding transit really get you to and from work faster?

Not always, but I don't want to drive in traffic.

Are there five rules you wish all transit commuters should follow, if so, what are they?

No food or drinks, no music without earbuds, no occupying seats with luggage and bags during peak period, no proselytizing, and no panhandling.

What advice would you give someone who is interested in riding transit to and from work for the first time?

There is no downside to using transit.

Ready to give transit a try? You could earn cash and prizes for it! Let us help you get started and while you’re here, check out our new Live Chat for assistance!



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