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The Wake County Transit Plan will be released to the public for the first time on Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015. Interested residents should come to an open house on Dec. 8 from 4–8 p.m. at the Raleigh Convention Center, located at 500 S. Salisbury St. in downtown Raleigh, to learn more about the plan.
There is no formal presentation planned; drop by any time during the event to ask questions of staff and gain a better understanding of the benefits the plan offers.
The plan promises to change the face of public transportation in Wake County and the Triangle Region. Highlights of the plan will include:
- Significantly Expanded Bus Service: With an improved and expanded bus system, buses will run more frequently over a longer period and cover a wider area.
- Bus Rapid Transit (BRT): These buses will provide riders with reliable, fast transportation using a mix of technology, dedicated lanes, and other tools and techniques to move around congestion and stay on schedule.
- Commuter Rail Transit (CRT): This method offers a way to use existing rail corridors to create train connections around the community and region.
Growth, it is a great problem to have as an employer in the Triangle. It usually means that you are doing something right, especially if you’re in the banking business. So, when the North Carolina State Employees’ Credit Union (SECU)* decided to grow their footprint in downtown Raleigh with the beautiful headquarters on South Salisbury Street, it came with a few concerns that their other Triangle locations did not have to consider – PARKING constraints. There simply was not enough parking for the number of employees being relocated to the worksite.
SECU began their GoPass program in November 2014 to provide free transit access to their employees as a part of their overall Commuter Benefits program and solution to parking demands.
Amber Stroupe, SECU Human Resources Specialist says, “SECU has provided all employees with free GoPasses to ensure that every employee who made the move to the downtown location has the option of riding the bus. We have grown close and worked with GoTriangle and GoRaleigh representatives who have provided us with all the latest information on updated bus routes, activities featured in the downtown area, carpooling options, etc. It has been a great experience, made easier by our employer, SECU, in providing us with the means and knowledge.”
One of their great success stories and Golden Modes nominee is SECU employee, Tammy Rhodes. “She was one of the first employees to use the GoPass for her daily commute from Zebulon. She has spread the word to other employees about how great it is to use the bus to commute to work and has encouraged other employees to try it and they have.” says Bob Woodson, SVP of Payroll/Benefits.
Consider offering GoPass as a Commuter Benefit to your employees and contact your GoSmart Employer Outreach Coordinator for details about the program. All consulting services, materials and programming are free.
Whether your organization wants to reduce parking demand, equalize benefits received by your employees regardless of how they get to work, have a robust sustainability plan, or achieve another goal, a Commuter Benefits Plan is an organized, professional approach to being effective.
*SECU received two Honorable Mentions at this year’s Golden Mode ceremony for Employer Commute Champion and Employer Commute Honors.
In case you missed it, the 2015 Golden Modes was an awesome display of commitment to reducing single occupancy vehicle travel in the Triangle from employees, employers and organizations around the region.
Check out the social media coverage and review the videos shown during the ceremony here:
Commuter Spotlight: Tom Ed
Tom Ed uses the bus combined with a “Xooter” scooter (for the last mile+) to travel just about everywhere. He’s a fiddler too, so he often has his violin strapped to his back.
When he first started riding a bike, he was out of shape and struggled to get up hills. He trained up to it by walking his bike up hills he couldn’t ride. Now, he can go anywhere! Because he gets exercise during his daily commute, he doesn’t need a gym to maintain his high level of fitness.
Tom Ed is an ambassador for transit and mobility options — he’s always willing to help someone on the bus or to show off his Xooter, which starts conversations and helps people see how a little creativity can go a long way toward making sustainable travel possible. He’s friendly, approachable, and helpful.
Tom Ed commutes in all sorts of conditions and all over the Triangle by bus and scooter. He says he uses the scooter a lot less nowadays with recent improvements to GoTriangle bus service. Even so, he’s one of the most consistent and dedicated transit users around.
Need some help navigating the transit system in the Triangle?
Give the GoTransit Regional Information Center a call at 919 485-RIDE (7433) to speak to an actual person who can help. Our agents can assist with planning your bus trip, help you locate free park and ride lots, and answer any other question you might have about taking the bus to work. The center is staffed 7 days a week, 364 days a year (closed December 25).
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