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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.

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