Community Transit Program Winners Prevent Hundreds of Drive-Alone Trips

Jan 12, 2017

Smart Transportation Programs honor 3rd Quarter award winners

Snohomish County, Wash. – Community Transit provides more than 10 million transit trips every year and also helps reduced congestion on busy Snohomish County roads. Smart Commuter Rewards and Curb the Congestion are two programs that target large employers and the most-congested corridors, and recognize individuals who use smart transportation options. Through the third quarter of 2016 these programs combined removed more than 506,860 drive-alone trips from our roads, and prevented 9.5 million pounds of carbon dioxide from entering the air we breathe.

The two innovative transportation demand management (TDM) programs are offered in addition to Community Transit’s bus, vanpool and paratransit service to help reduce traffic congestion and pollution, and encourage healthy travel options.

  • Smart Commuter Rewards is an incentive program that helps large businesses motivate employees to reduce their drive-alone trips to work.
  • Curb the Congestion promotes smart transportation options to residents and employees on six of Snohomish County’s most congested corridors.

Each quarter Community Transit recognizes standout participants who are dedicated to smart transportation choices. Congratulations to the award winners for 3rd Quarter of 2016:

Curb the Congestion Champion of the 3rd Quarter 2016

Jessica Bentem of Everett is dedicated to walking and riding the bus every single day, for both her commute to work and personal trips. Two years ago she made the switch by leaving her car at home to focus on a more healthy and active commute to work. Thanks to her dedication she’s lost more than 40 pounds and loves feeling less stressed at work. Bentem has saved more than $700 and removed more 415 trips from our congested roads in 2016 alone.

Smart Commuter of the 3rd Quarter 2016

Chris Snow Smart Commuter

Chris Snow of Seattle is an Emergency Department Technician at Swedish Hospital in Edmonds. For over 25 years she’s been dedicated to reducing air pollution and eliminating traffic congestion by riding her bike and public transportation exclusively. In fact, she’s never owned a car and loves the stress relief that comes with choosing an active transportation option for her commute. Snow logged more than 48 commuter trips in the third quarter and was chosen from more than 50 other people nominated.

To learn more about the Choice Connections program and to sign up to start receiving rewards for your smart transportation choices, please visit Choice Connections