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Snohomish County, Wash.– Community Transit’s Choice Connections program promotes smart transportation options throughout our community. From January-September 2015 participants in the program removed 376,522 drive-alone trips from our roads and 3.5 million pounds of CO2 from the air we breathe.
Two innovative incentive programs are offered 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 and employers who are dedicated to smart transportation choices and healthy transportation options. Congratulations to the Choice Connections award winners for 3rd Quarter of 2015:
Curb the Congestion Champion of the Quarter
Valauri Stotler of Lynnwood uses bus, carpool, light rail and walking for 99 percent of all the trips she makes. These trips include commuting to work for the City of Seattle, walking to the store and getting to the airport. Over the past year her smart transportation choices saved more than 7,900 drive alone miles, 3,870 pounds of CO2 from the air we breathe and $1,500 in personal transportation expenses.
Smart Commuter of the Quarter
Erin Kelley, a Senior Field Asset Administrator, tracks and reports out AT&T’s network assets. She walks the talk by choosing to walk, vanpool, bike or telecommute to work, which she’s done for 15 years. Erin is dedicated to a healthy lifestyle and environment, and makes smart transportation choices a priority not only for her commute from Seattle to Bothell, but also for most of her personal trips.
Employee Transportation Coordinator (ETC) of the Quarter
Dena Searcy of Comcast-Lynnwood is committed to making her worksite transportation program a success. Her diligent efforts to train and educate her employees about their transportation options have made a huge impact. Dena registered 111 employees in Comcast’s transportation program, far surpassing the original goal of 65. Her efforts helped to save more than 7,600 pounds of CO2 pollution in the third quarter alone.
Employer of the Quarter
Vertafore in Bothell makes smart transportation choices a priority at its workplace. By the end of the third quarter the company registered more than a third of its employees in RideshareOnline.com, connecting employees to transportation resources and incentives. Vertafore’s consistent efforts are making a huge impact, and during the third quarter alone the company saved over 32,500 drive alone miles from our roadways.
The Choice Connections program recognizes individuals and worksites in Snohomish County and the City of Bothell that support Washington State Commute Trip Reduction (CTR) goals. They go above and beyond to use smart transportation alternatives to driving alone, and encourage workers to do so.
To learn more about the Choice Connections program and to sign up to start receiving rewards for your smart transportation choices, please visit www.communitytransit/ChoiceConnections.
Community Transit is responsible for providing transportation options for Snohomish County residents, including bus and paratransit service, vanpool and ridesharing options. Call Community Transit at (425) 353-RIDE or (800) 562-1375 for bus information, or (888) 814-1300 for carpool or vanpool information, or go to www.communitytransit.org. You can also read our blog at www.communitytransit.blogspot.com, visit our Facebook page, follow us @MyCommTrans on Twitter or see us on YouTube.