Biker Profile: Darcy Downs

IMG_6109Darcy Downs, Transportation Planner at GoTriangle, ditched her car in April for a full-time bike/bus commute. As we celebrate the last day of Bike Month, we asked Darcy about her first month as a bike commuter!

1. Describe your everyday commute:
DD: From my house in West Raleigh I bike 3/4 mile to the bus stop. If I’m going to our Raleigh office, I will take Route 300, 301 or 305 to downtown and bike the rest of the way. If I’m headed to RTP, I take Route 300 to the Regional Transit Center.

2. Why did you decide to become a bike commuter?
DD: I was only using my car to drive to work, so I decided to sell it. My husband and I are now a single-vehicle household. With only one car, we save money on maintenance, gas and other fees. Continue reading

Less stress, more money, healthier community: Come hear why smart employers help workers be smart commuters

attend the reception!Keeping their workers from streaming into their job sites steaming from a long, frustrating commute is what many government agencies and Triangle employers are happily accomplishing with assistance from GoTriangle’s transportation demand management tools.

Through its Share the Ride NC program, GoTriangle helps employers develop smart-commute plans that allow workers to telework or carpool, vanpool, use public transit, bike or walk to work so they can reduce their reliance on single-occupancy vehicles. That helps workers save money and reduces negative environmental effects as well. Continue reading

Add Your Comments to the Durham and Orange Counties’ Transit Plans

Mangum-Pettigrew-prop-draft-03An Amtrak station in Hillsborough, expanded bus service in Chapel Hill and Durham, and a 17.7-mile light rail project connecting major destinations in Durham and Orange counties are just a few transit proposals that residents can address in a comment period this month.

Durham and Orange counties, the Durham-Chapel Hill-Carrboro Metropolitan Planning Organization (DCHC), and GoTriangle have updated the counties’ transit plans at the request of the Federal Transit Administration and are seeking public comment until April 21. A series of public workshops on the plans begins Monday in both counties.  Find the plans online at ourtransitfuture.com/plans. Continue reading

7 Reasons to Consider a Telework Program

telework promoHappy Telework Week! Every year we like to celebrate the eco-friendly benefits of teleworking, how you can be a successful teleworker, and why employers should consider creating a telework program. To learn more about teleworking, check out our page: gotriangle.org/telework.

It’s a no-brainer that more teleworkers mean fewer people on the roads, reducing traffic and carbon emissions. But did you know that teleworkers are happier, more productive, and help save their employer a lot of money? Here are just seven of the many benefits of a telework program: Continue reading

A Congressional Visit | D-O LRT

photo-feb-06-9-50-11-amOn Monday, February 6, Congressman David Price and Congressman G. K. Butterfield took a bus tour along the proposed route of the Durham-Orange Light Rail Transit (D-O LRT) project.

The tour ended with a news conference at North Carolina Central University (NCCU), a recent stop addition to D-O LRT, making it a 17.7-mile project with 18 stops.  Continue reading

Students Win Big | #NewYearNewCommute

Are you a college student in the Triangle area? Did you know you could win a $50 Visa gift card for tracking a bus trip? To celebrate #NewYearNewCommute, we are offering gift cards to students who try out trip-tracking on STRNC. It’s simple: register at ShareTheRideNC.org and track a trip in the STRNC Commute Calendar.

nync-studentsHow do I get started? Find a trip you can track. A smart travel choice includes riding the bus, carpooling, biking, or walking. So whether you are just trying to get to class or want to get out of town, you have options: Continue reading