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

Earth Day 2016

Tomorrow (April 22nd) is Earth Day! Earth Day is an annual event celebrated worldwide to show support of environment protection. Here at GoSmart we believe we can have a small part in saving the environment through alternative transportation.

We gathered some statistics from the Census Bureau’s 2014 American Community Survey and created the following infographic. The Triangle can help our planet by using local resources such as bus, Vanpool, walking, and biking. And don’t forget to get rewards for tracking your miles with GoPerks!

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We will be celebrating Earth Day by posting fun stats on social media! 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.

Have thoughts on Carless March, service changes, or anything transit? Join the conversation on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram!

Transit Thursday – February Wrap-Up

Happy Thursday! As this is the last blog post of February 2016, we wanted to wrap-up an amazing month for GoSmart and the whole Go family! Here are some highlights:

1. #NewYearNewCommute and #GoLoveNC were awesome! 

IMG_4253.JPGIn February we celebrated New Year’s resolutions and Valentine’s Day with two cool campaigns. Lots of people joined GoPerks and started tracking their commuting miles! Have you joined yet?

2. We love our riders and our bus operators!

Our lovely daily commuters shared why they love using transit, while the Durham Skywriter interviewed GoDurham’s very own Tonia Burnette!

3. Cool transit stories in the news.

This month seemed full of unique transportation stories, such as red carpet lanes in San Francisco and a woman crocheting her wedding dress on her morning bus commute!

IMG_45494. The best is yet to come.

Yeah, February was pretty awesome. But we are thinking March might be even better. Want a preview? How about beta testing the TransLoc-Uber app, the launch event on March 3rd, and…should we even say it…Carless March? Yes, yours truly will be trying to go car-free for the entire month of March. Uh-oh! Wish me luck and stay tuned for more!

Want to join us on 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!

Two Link Tuesday – Go$mart to Save Money

where-s-the-money-gone-1513359-1600x1200You’ve probably already figured out that transit has physical and mental health benefits, but what about your wallet’s health? You’ll be happy to hear that changing your commute, even just once a week, can have a big impact on your budget.

  1. 5 Ways to Ditch Your Car and Save Money on TransportationCheatSheet

    According to AAA, the annual cost to own and operate a vehicle is $8,698. Ouch. That’s more than $700 a month that you could be saving if you opted for public transportation! But even if you can’t completely embrace a car-free lifestyle, taking the bus a few times a week can take a big scoop out of your car-related expenses.

    In addition, rideshare, biking, and telecommuting are all extremely cost-friendly
    alternatives! (Oh would you look at that, GoSmart has Carpool, Vanpool, AND biking options!)
  2. FuelSavingsFuel Savings Calculator APTA

    This online calculator can help you crunch the numbers. Just input your car’s gas mileage and size, your commuting miles, and transit costs, and quickly see how much you can save using public transportation.

It’s not too late to get started on your resolutions, so head over to GoSmartNC.org/NewYear to learn more and don’t forget to track your commute with GoPerks! Join the conversation: #NewYearNewCommute.

Two Link Tuesday – Your New Healthy Commute

UntitledHopefully, it should come as no surprise that transit has health benefits. But if you still need some convincing, read our two links below!

  1. Riders Who Take Mass Transit Regularly May Lose Weight – NPR

    A study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine found that commuters who used the Charlotte light rails for a year lost around 6.45 pounds. Woah!  When you factor in the walk to and from the bus stop, it often adds up to more than a mile. That mile a day lends itself to substantial weight loss. Well well, I’m quite convinced!
  2. 6 Health Benefits of Public Transportation TransLoc

    Another study done found that public transit users get three times more physical activity a day than those who drive alone. Being active helps combat many serious ailments, such as diabetes, strokes, osteoporosis, breast cancer, and depression. Healthy mind, healthy heart, and healthy body can all be yours with a new healthy commute!

It’s not too late to get started on your resolutions, so head over to GoSmartNC.org/NewYear to learn more and don’t forget to track your commute! Join the conversation: #NewYearNewCommute.

Change your commute, change your life?

We are 2+ weeks into 2016. How are your resolutions going?

According to Time.com, the thing that most people want to do in this new year is “enjoy life to the fullest.” Other popular resolutions include living a healthier lifestyle, losing weight, reducing debt, saving money, and spending more time with family and friends.

Of the people surveyed, a little more than half are focusing on just one resolution, and that’s pretty smart. Trying to do too much at one time sets you up for failure. We support moderation, but what if you could make one change that can impact your life, your wallet, your waistline, and help others at the same time? Sounds pretty good, right? So let’s talk about how you get to work.

For the next few weeks we’re going to focus our attention on the benefits of not driving alone. Taking the bus, sharing your ride in a carpool or vanpool, walking, or biking can help you get more physical activity, save you some cash, and help you do more in your day, plus, you can win some actual swag when you use our GoPerks program to track your trips.

Now, if you’re already a GoSmart convert, THANK YOU, YOU ARE MY HERO. Your mission, should you choose to accept, is tell a friend or two or ten about how you get to work. Also, make sure you’re tracking those commutes.

If you drive alone and think there’s no way you can make a change, do me a favor, please. Check out gosmartnc.org/newyear to see just how rewarding going smart can be. If you need help figuring out your options, holler at us in the comments or online.

I’ll be back for Two Link Tuesday, so be on the lookout for more #NewYearNewCommute information. Have a great weekend! Oh, and I almost forgot– Happy New Year!