Monday, April 06, 2009

Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber Commute Trip Reduction News
Downtown: On the Go! – Reinvent Your Commute

The Chamber is proud to partner with the City of Tacoma, Pierce Transit, and Pierce County to be a resource for your downtown business and employees' transportation needs, and to promote transportation efficiency and economic vibrancy downtown. This monthly newsletter keeps you up to date with Commute Trip Reduction activities downtown, ways we can assist you, and how you can get involved. – not just for prizes
You know that logging your non-drive alone trips enters you into prize drawings, and you’ve seen how your cost and pollution savings add up on your calendar. But you might not know that also helps us understand how commuters get around downtown and how we’re doing in helping reduce drive-alone trips. Downtown: On the Go! is funded by grants from the Washington State Department of Transportation, and they use to measure our efforts.

So whether you want to win great prizes, enjoy calculating your pollution and cost savings, or simply believe in what we’re doing and want to see more of it, please log those trips.

Did you know that Pierce Transit has more than 100 vanpools serving a variety of employers in Pierce County? Twenty of those vanpools serve downtown Tacoma. Vanpooling offers a safe and comfortable ride to work, saves fuel and operating costs for your vehicle, and helps reduce carbon emissions by eliminating single occupant vehicles on our roadways. Employees who vanpool enjoy a stress-free trip to work. It is a win-win commute solution for employees and employers alike! Learn more about vanpooling on Pierce Transit’s website

ORCA is Coming…
ORCA (One Regional Card for All) is coming soon to transportation agencies near you. For more information and the most current updates, please visit

FREE! April Bus Passes
Are you or your employees interested in trying out the bus this month – for free? The Chamber is excited to offer prospective downtown bus riders a monthly Puget Pass. Please contact Jessica at the Chamber if you are interested.

In honor of Earth Day...
Did you know that vehicle emissions are the largest contributor to air pollution in Washington? As you celebrate our planet, consider “greening” up your commute with buses, bikes, walking, and sharing rides. Maybe you want to pledge to simply reduce one drive-alone trip a week from what you do now. Maybe you know a friend or co-worker who you might help find a bus route, carpool with, or be a “bike buddy” for. Or maybe you’re a business that would like to reduce its carbon footprint. We’d love to help however we can, so be in touch. Small efforts from each of us make a big difference!

Bike Month
It's still a little ways off, but if the sunshine this weekend inspired you to dig out your two-wheeled friend, you'll be glad to know that May is bike month in Tacoma. Be sure to start thinking about your team for the Bike to Work Week Commuter Challenge (May 11-15). Keep on eye on for more information!

For more information about the Chamber's Commute Trip Reduction program, contact Jessica Holden:, 627.2175.

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