Transit Thursday: March Wrap-Up

March blog (1)Time sure flies when you’re talking transit! Before we knew it, March was gone! Here are some highlights from a exciting month:

1. #CarlessMarch Was A Success
This month I took on the challenge of going without a car. Let me tell you, it was not easy. But nothing jump starts an education in transit like using it! Did you miss my carless month? Read all the blogs here.

Rider Profile2. Our Riders Are Awesome
This month we posted a rider profile on one of our regular transit riders, Walmer Medina. Be sure to keep checking in for more profiles coming soon!

3. A Week Of Telework
This March we celebrated Telework Week. We created this info page as a source for telework facts and our shareable infographics!

4. Welcome To The Vanpool Party
We have recently started our first-month-free promo! If any new riders join between now and May 31st, their first month will be rebated, up to $100. Learn all about it here!
If you want to know why Vanpool is awesome, read our latest blog! (It has gifs!)


There is much more to come in April, so don’t forget to follow us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram!

Two Link Tuesday – Carless March and GoDurham Public Meeting

Happy Tuesday! It’s been three weeks since I started #CarlessMarch. Let me tell you, it hasn’t been without bumps in the road. Read on for this week’s update!

1. #CarlessMarch Week Three

samFull disclosure: I haven’t been able to stay completely car-free. Ugh. I hate saying that. However, I’ve been able to stick to it most when my friends and co-workers were sticklers.

For example, a co-worker invited me to an event, emphasizing that she could drive me. When I drove to work one day so I could pick up lunch, my department chastised me.  The moral of the story is, just ask. If you aren’t sure how to stay car-free, 1) ask for a ride, 2) check TransLoc for a route, or 3) consider why you even need to get in the car.

You won’t get through any goal without strong support…and some people need incentives. That’s why we have GoPerks! You could get prizes for your daily commute, read more here: gosmartnc.org/goperks.

2. GoDurham Public Meetinggd2_line

Join us tomorrow night to lend your voice on service changes. Some possible changes include, a new proposed route, changes to Route 4, 12, 15, 16A, 16B, 2A, and extended service hours. You can also share your opinions online. Learn more here.


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#CarlessMarch – Week Two

Hello all! Thanks again for the continued support as I complete Carless March. If you want to see what happened last week, read here.

IMG_0165What I’ve learned over the last week is that being car-less is not just about taking the bus. There are so many other ways to travel! While my first week was all about the bus, week two was spent carpooling! (My roommate started a new job near my office and offered to drive me to work!)

Here are a few other ways you can travel if you don’t have a car:

1. Carpool

It’s been calculated that the average American spends 434 hours (18 days!) in a car each year. Why should you spend all that time alone? At GoSmart we have great resources for finding a carpool, or maybe even joining a vanpool! We know it can be pretty scary to shake up your routine, so be sure to check out our Frequently Asked Questions, find a great playlist, and be inspired by Adele.

2. Biking

Over here at GoSmart we are big fans of the bike commute. If you need more info, check out gosmartnc.org/gobike. And be sure to sign up for the safety awareness ride on Sunday, April 3rd.

3. Telework

wireless-home-office-1240115Staying off the road for an extra day (or more) a week is a great way to help save the environment, but is also a great solution if you are without a car. This week is Telework Week(!), so be sure to check out our website and join in on the conversation on Twitter.

These are just a few alternative options to consider, whether you have a car or not. Tell us about your alternative commute in the comments or on any of our social media below!


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#CarlessMarch – Week One

Hey all! Thanks to everyone who is cheering me on as I complete #CarlessMarch! Here is my experience from Week One:

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Getting some reading in on my bus commute!

The first week went a lot smoother than I imagined! My bus commute consists only of one bus ride for a total of 20 minutes. As long as I get to the stop on time, they are no issues! One day I missed my bus (oops!), but luckily I could wait it out at a local coffee shop. My first full week of bus commuting? Check!

Saturday is when I reached my first road block (pun intended). I had to go to the DMV, which is ten minutes away, but as hard as I tried I couldn’t find a bus trip under an hour! I got in my car. As I waited in the long line at the DMV I thought about all the people who don’t have the luxury to jump in their car if the bus ride seems too long. It has changed my perspective on our riders and the faith they put into our system.

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The DMV is the worst! Courtesy of Zootopia

The rest of the week went as planned! In the next few weeks I plan on being more public about my goals. I got great advice from John Tallmadge’s past #CarlessMarch experience. He says that if you want to be truly committed you have to be specific about your goal, public in your ambitions, and have a solid plan. Here goes nothing! See you next week!


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Two Link Tuesday – Carless March is Here

IMG_4441Happy March! I hope everyone is enjoying the lovely sunshine in NC! Read on to hear about Carless March and the coolest bus video I’ve ever seen.

1. Today Begins #CarlessMarch – Twitter

If you haven’t noticed, this blog has a new writer! My name is Samantha Allen and I am the new Interactive Marketing Associate for GoTriangle. As part of my job, I update our social media channels, write for this blog, and collaborate with others on awesome marketing ideas. One month into my new job and I’ve decided to take on another challenge…Carless March!

IMG_4705For the next 31 days I’m going to be putting my keys down for a bus pass and walking shoes. I will be posting weekly updates and tweeting as much as possible! I’m excited to learn as much as I can about the environmental benefits of alternative transportation, as well as see from the perspective of our bus riders who don’t have a car. Wish me luck!

2. Dump the Pump with OCTA on OC Bus – YouTube

The Orange County Transportation Authority has made this awesome video of a guy who decides to ditch his car for the bus. Totally dramatized, but exactly what I needed to get ready to start Carless March today!


Want to join me for the Carless March challenge? Contact us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram to share your story! And don’t forget to track your miles with GoPerks!