The day was filled with wonderful stories of multimodal experiences, friends who travel together, and transit camaraderie. Still on the fence about transit? Let current riders ease your worries: Continue reading
Dump the Pump Day, sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association, is an annual day that encourages people to ride public transportation, to take them where they need to go, instead of driving a car.
Tomorrow, June 16, 2016, we will be celebrating Dump The Pump here at GoTriangle! We believe public transportation is a convenient travel option that also helps people save money. According to APTA’s June Transit Saving Report, a two-person household can save, on average, $9,474 annually by downsizing to one car. That’s a lot of money! Continue reading
We think the bus is awesome. (But we might be a little biased!) People choose a bus commute for different reasons, maybe to catch up on emails or zone out after a long work day.
How do you spend your bus commute time? Maybe reading a book or checking emails? Tweet at us! #buscommuter
— GoSmartNC (@GoSmartNC) June 2, 2016
How do you share your feelings? Is it through haiku? Photography? Love letters? Maybe even interpretive dance? Well here’s your chance to show your creativity by expressing your love for transit.
It doesn’t matter if you bike, ride the bus, carpool, vanpool, or walk to work, we want you to share your version of transit love on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram using #GoLoveNC.
Winners will be picked by Best in Visuals and Best in Written Word, and will win a swag bag! So get dancing! Or writing! Or…whatever it is you’re so darn good at!
Here are some examples:
Really love transit? Check out GoPerks – you can win incentives just by tracking your commuting miles!
You’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.
- 5 Ways to Ditch Your Car and Save Money on Transportation – CheatSheet
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!)
- Fuel 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.
It’s easy to quantify the financial and health
benefits of taking public transportation, but what about just…happiness? Here at GoSmart, we are strong believers that if you take transit, you are living your best life.
Now I know that’s a big statement. And you’re thinking, “Sam, are you going to back this up?” Yes reader, I will. So read on!
Picture this, an uninterrupted period of time for you to organize, get ready for the day, catch up on work, or maybe just close your eyes and meditate? Now imagine that zen time replacing your frenzied and stressful commute via car. You can go from tense to relaxed, and drop some worries, with a new commute!
Public transit is a great time to catch up on reading, plan for the week, or just take a little time each day just for you! And it gets better, because there are life benefits, such as weight loss, increased economic opportunities, and an overall safer commute. Using transit may even make you more inventive since many bus commuters walk the first and last mile, and a study done at Stanford found walking to boost creative inspiration and output by up to 60%!
If the creativity boost and the mental health break doesn’t get you excited, how about prizes? With GoPerks and Share the Ride NC you can track any commute that you walk, bike, bus, carpool, you name it…just not driving alone! Your tracked miles turn into points which can be redeemed for some pretty awesome prizes…hint hint, gift cards! So head over to GoSmartNC.org/GoPerks right now to learn all about it!
Hopefully, it should come as no surprise that transit has health benefits. But if you still need some convincing, read our two links below!
- 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!
- 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!