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

Explore Your City | #NewYearNewCommute

explore-your-cityDuring the month of January, we are posting about resolutions and commute options as part of our New Year, New Commute series. A few posts ago we talked about resolutions that require a little extra time, like learning something new or reading and writing more. Instead of carving into your sleep time to dig into a new book, we recommended revolutionizing your commute time. Today we will be talking about using public transit to explore your city. Continue reading

Drivers Wanted…

Share the Ride NC

That’s right. Drivers wanted. A surprising thing for a transit-focused blog to say. An even more strange comment following a month of blog posts, Tweets, and events rallying around Biking.

But it’s true. We want drivers.

Even though we want you to walk, bike, and hop on a bus for your commute whenever and wherever you can, Share the Ride NC is the exception to this rule. In case you aren’t familiar, Share the Ride is a program focusing on helping people in the community find others to carpool with.

You can save money on gas, wear and tear on your vehicle, and sometimes insurance cost.

Carpooling not only saves you, but also helps reduce road congestion and lowers environmental impacts.

But we like to keep it social here at GoSmart. What really struck us was the fact that, on average, people spend 434 hours in the car. In other words, 18 DAYS a year spent in the car. Don’t you think that time would be better spent with a friend?

We sure think so. And we want to help you find one.

Go to our site and get paired with riders to start your new life as a Share the Ride driver. We can’t wait for you to join us!

 

If you have any questions or concerns just leave us a comment. We’d love to chat with you about the opportunities that await you behind the wheel. 

August 19 brings changes to transit across the Triangle.

all the thigns

I’m calling this “Big News Monday.”

Triangle Transit’s new website debuted this morning, along with a revamped ShareTheRideNC.org. To make things even more exciting, today brought service changes for Chapel Hill Transit and Triangle Transit. But wait, there’s more! The cherry on top is that today also marks the beginning of an expanded Bus On Shoulder System (BOSS). Whew!

TriangleTransit.org is more than just a pretty face. There’s the Google-integrated trip planner (you can still find the old planner at GoTriangle.org), a swag store (Buy your favorite future bus commuter a onesie! Get your own I♥Transit mug!) and MyRide, a personalized dashboard where you can save your favorite routes, trips, and stops. The Triangle Transit app (currently available for Android users, iOS users will have access soon) lets you manage your MyRide account and receive service alerts on the go. Take a look and let us know what you think!

ShareTheRideNC.org, the statewide ride matching system, also has new features and a new look. If you’ve registered you should have received an email prompting you to log in. If you haven’t registered yet, what are you waiting for? Go! The new site still gives you access to the Emergency Ride Home program, but it also lets you record your commutes on a calendar and gives you details about your gas and emissions savings. GoPoints (for new riders) and GoPerks (for those who already use the bus, bike/walk, share their ride, or work from home) are programs that will offer incentives for developing or maintaining an alt-commute. While the incentive program isn’t ready yet, you can still register for carpool matching and use the calendar feature.

Of course, Big News Monday isn’t all about what’s happening on the interwebs. BOSS turned a year old in July.   If you haven’t had the pleasure of bypassing congestion aboard a bus, check this out:

As a belated birthday present, the program added Wake County to its service area starting today. Triangle Transit buses in Wake County can now use the shoulder of I-40 West and Wade Avenue between Blue Ridge Road and the Durham Freeway in Durham County, and on I-40 East and Wade Avenue between Page Road in Durham County and Blue Ridge Road.  You can read the press release for details about how operators use the program.

The following  routes are now approved to get BOSSy when traffic slows along designated areas of I-40 and Wade Avenue:

Durham County:
• CRX – Chapel Hill Express;
• Route 800 – Chapel Hill to the Regional Transit Center via The Streets at Southpoint;
• Route 700 – Durham to the Regional Transit Center (Eastbound only on I-40); and
• Shuttle 42 between the Regional Transit Center and IBM (Eastbound only on I-40).

Wake County:
• Route 100 – Downtown Raleigh to Raleigh Durham International Airport to the Regional Transit Center;
• Route 105 – Downtown Raleigh to the Regional Transit Center;
• Route 301 – Downtown Raleigh to Cary to the Regional Transit Center;
• CRX – Chapel Hill Express; and
• DRX – Durham-Raleigh Express

So what do you think about all this? Leave us a comment if you have any questions or observations about the service changes, the new websites, or the BOSS expansion. You can also holler at us on any of our social media outlets.

Have a great week!