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Two Link Tuesday

October 21, 2014

Schmidt and Jess from New Girl. Schmidt, looking very concerned, says,

Millennials and Public Transportation

Youths, they’re coming… and they may be showing up on public transportation in a city near you. Major cities are seeing evidence of this trend. Millennials want more public transportation options. They don’t want to be stuck using cars that are not only expensive but also harmful to the environment. Cars can also be a hindrance to something near and dear to the millennial heart: living and working in dense, urban centers.

The youth of our societies are shaking off the shackles of suburbia in exchange for renovated warehouses in up-and-coming, revitalized city neighborhoods. Parking, a huge problem in a lot of cities, can be a headache to deal with. It’s often easier to get around in such areas using public transit. Walking, biking, and taking the bus, subway, or light rail are becoming resources that this portion of the population is really beginning to utilize and rally for.

Following a Lifestyle Instead of a Job

In addition to an increase in millennial support and use of public transit, this group is also willing to move to find it. With the way this population tends to move and switch from job to job, decisions aren’t solely based on where work is available. That decision is being based on where they want to live. The job will simply have to follow that choice.

That’s one reason why places such as Portland, Oregon are booming with young people. Among other benefits such as a healthy local industry, bike friendliness, diverse culture, and close proximity to varying activities, Portland’s transit serves the community well and the community just so happens to support this “new move-first-then-find-a-job Millennial paradigm”.

Is public transportation attracting new people to your city? Better get ready for them!

Tina Fey saying

 

Transit Thursday: Improving Bike Saftey

October 16, 2014

Girl riding her bike in a bike lane

On Tuesday we talked about multimodal transportation and the importance of recognizing it as a an alternative to driving your car. It’s not a battle between public transit and personal vehicles. There are so many other pieces at play.

Cycling is one of those major pieces. In terms of multimodal transportation, cycling is one that often moves people over distances too far to walk or connects people to types of transit that can take them over longer distances. Another major benefit of biking is that it adds an element of health and exercise to travel that many other modes don’t.

All that being said, recognizing the importance of cycling as a piece of multimodal travel calls into attention the fact that we need to develop systems or improve the infrastructure supporting it.

Well, the DOT is finally starting to do just that. On a small scale, the DOT in places like Pittsburgh is pushing to develop more bike lanes and make cycling safer in an effort to decrease fatalities. Thankfully, this is being backed on a federal level. The DOT just released new bicycle safety information called “BIKESAFE“.

Read through BIKESAFE and see what additional things you can be doing to stay safe on the road.

Be sure to share with us any extra tips you might have as well!

Your Deep-Fried Ride Guide

October 15, 2014

There’s a ride at the NC State Fair that you won’t find on the midway. Though it can easily reach speeds of up to 70 mph, this ride, unlike the Zipper, isn’t meant to thrill. Instead, it’s designed to help you get to all the fun, food, and excitement with a minimum of stress and hassle.

Have you guessed yet? Of course, I’m talking about the bus. Specifically, the shuttle service that Triangle Transit, DATA, and CAT offer each year to fair-goers. Read on for more details! Read more…

Two Link Tuesday: Leaving the Car in the Garage

October 14, 2014

A group of cyclists riding down Hargett St. in Raleigh, NC.

Multimodal Travel

At GoTriangle we are all about the bus. Whether you’re cruising Downtown Raleigh on the R-Line or using Triangle Transit to stay connected between cities, we’re so excited to see people utilizing transit. That being said, we don’t talk often enough about the other pieces involved in public transportation.

We know that if you’re using transit you’re probably including other forms of transportation as well. City Lab recently put up an article describing how cities need to address the need and existence of multimodal transportation. This excerpt from the article gives a perfect example of what multimodal travel looks like on a daily basis.

“If you leave your house in the morning as a driver, you are almost
certainly going to make all subsequent trips for the day by car,
eventually driving back to your garage. With many choices, however,we
might leave home on foot to the coffee shop, then take transit to work,
then cycle to the store and lug our groceries home in a taxi. For this
example, one car has been replaced by four separate modes of travel,
all of which represent choosing a mode for each trip based on what
works best for each person.”
 

We’re aware that people travel this way and are taking note of what we can do to help. CityLab gave three great ideas to be aware of and consider when planning to make cities more multimodal friendly.

  • Move past the idea that public transit and car use are at odds with one another.
  • Public and private forms of transportation have to work together.
  • When planning, all modes of transportation have to be incorporated:walking, biking, driving, public transit, taxis, etc.
Guy working on his laptop at a coffee shop.

A Triangle Transit employee spending one of his telework days at a local coffee shop.

Teleworking

In addition to thinking about ways to make our travel more efficient and less costly (be it paying for gas or negatively impacting the environment) we want to think about ways to travel less.

One of the most popular ways to go about this is by teleworking. Whether you can work from home full time or just one day a week, it carries with it a huge impact. Employers are starting to see the benefits of offering teleworking days to their employees:

  • working hours aren’t eaten up by commuting
  • productivity rises when office distractions aren’t curbing focus
  • employees are generally happier and do better work
  • cars aren’t being driven
  • money isn’t being spent on travel resources
  • it promotes a healthier work-life balance

A great tool for anyone interested or already involved in any amount of teleworking is “Workshifting“. This online resource pulls in tips, tricks, articles, etc. all revolving around this increase in people working from home, out of coffee shops, or constantly on the go.

If you’re wondering if teleworking is for you (or if you’re already included in the portion of the workforce that’s doing it) check out this definition Workshifting uses to describe themselves as well as who their work relates to.

“If you work out of coffee shops, hotels, airports and your home every bit
as much as the office, workshifting.com is for you. We share resources on
remote working, telecommuting, travel, technology, business and virtual
offices to help you shift when, where and how you work!
 
We coined the term “workshifting” in March 2009 as an updated definition
for “telecommuting” and “remote working”, that refers to the ability of being
part of a distributed workforce, working from outside of the office and
shifting one’s work habits to achieve a better work-life balance.”
 

So whether you’re taking four different methods of travel or you’re staying at home in your pajamas, we hope you feel a little more encouraged and equipped to leave the car in the garage.

Is multimodal travel something you’re already doing? Do you work from home or a coffee shop? Share your stories with us!

Transit Thursday: Jobs and Public Transit

October 9, 2014

Heat map showing the density of public transit access in Raleigh

We here at Go Triangle and all the transit systems in the area want to get you connected to all sorts of things. From festivals to schools to parks to work, we want to be the means to those ends.

But work is where it really counts.  In The Washington Post’s article, “Mapped: How public transit changes your job prospects”, it refers to this role of transit-connecting you to work- as a fundamental one.

The article highlighted the top 5 cities where jobs are most accessible by public transit. These maps, created by the Accessibility Observatory at the University of Minnesota, also give us a look into Raleigh. Raleigh often gets national notoriety for being a great place to work, raise a family, start a business, or be young and single. It’s really exciting to see the city gaining momentum and attention not only for being a great place to get a job but also a place where getting to that job is made easier by public transit.

So how does the Raleigh area really stack up to other major cities?

Overall, the Raleigh-Cary area’s rank of accessibility to jobs by transit: #40. Not too bad, but we’re dedicated to making those numbers better. Won’t you help us by taking a ride sometime?

Let’s bring some red to that heat map.

Two Link Tuesday

October 7, 2014

Last week we touched on an inspiring story about one guy who spent a year riding his bike across the globe. This week, we wanted to continue the conversation on how biking can be a great alternative way to travel while highlighting some additional benefits of putting your pedals in gear.

Kids reading in a classroom while riding stationary bikes

Ride and Read

We often talk about the overall health benefits of changing the environment of transportation to a more efficient, sustainable one. From utilizing the bus system and biking to encouraging walkable communities, there are many pieces to be considered when creating these communities.

Commuting via the bus, train, or carpool not only works to do this while saving you money and the demands of driving, but also gives you time to catch up on emails, read, take a nap, or just clear your head.

This Fast Company article shared a profile on a school in the near and dear city of Winston-Salem, NC that is applying similar logic to their reading program. Students in this school can now stretch their legs, get their blood flowing, and knock out a few chapters in whatever book they’re reading. That’s right, a classroom full of stationary bikes for the specific purpose of pairing reading and exercise… and the school has seen great results.

Just like taking public transit allows you extra time for other activities that you can’t do while driving, these students are able to do this everyday task, reading, while getting all the added benefits of some time on top of a bike. Test scores have been better and kids with a lot of energy have a healthy outlet.

Maybe stand-up desks in offices will be replaced with bikes. Would you make the switch?

Cyclist riding in a bike lane

Biking Close to Home

There are all kinds of great places in the Triangle to ride your bike. You can spend a Saturday seeing downtown Raleigh or Durham from the seat of your bike or you can take a scenic trail and get some quiet exercise.

No matter what you choose, we want to be a resource for you. Take some time to visit our Cyclist Resources page and find a new place to take your two wheels.

Can’t wait to see you out there!

Fortify Friday

October 3, 2014

 Series of I-440 Ramp Closures at Poole Road for Fortify Project

Continues This Weekend

 

RALEIGH – Work on the Poole Road exit of I-440 for the Fortify project will require another ramp closure this weekend. On Friday, Oct. 3, crews will begin closing the ramp from Poole Road onto I-440 West. The ramp will be re-opened by 6 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 6, weather permitting.  The work will also require the closure of the outside lane of westbound Poole Road in the same area.

 

Similar closures were in place last week for the I-440 East ramp onto Poole Road, and the previous week for the ramp onto Poole Road from I-440 West ramp. The closures are needed so crews can complete pavement reconstruction at the top of each of the ramps for the tie-in between the newly rebuilt ramps and Poole Road.

 

There will be separate detours for east and westbound drivers. Heading east on Poole Road (away from downtown Raleigh), motorists will be directed to turn left on New Hope Road and then west on I-495/U.S. 64/264 to get back to I-440. Westbound Poole Road drivers (heading toward downtown), will be sent right on Sunnybrook Road and right on New Bern Avenue to the I-440 interchange.

 

The N.C. Department of Transportation reminds drivers to use caution and obey the speed limit of 55 mph in the I-440 work zone and 60 mph in the I-40 work zone for their safety, as well as the safety of passengers, other motorists and the crews working along the highway.

 

This ramp work is another step toward the expected completion of the I-440 portion of the Fortify project late this year. Crews are working on the outside lanes of both east and westbound I-440, rebuilding those lanes from the substructure to the highway surface.

 

Once the I-440 section of Fortify is done, the main focus of work will switch to the longer I-40 section of the project between the I-440/U.S. 1/64 interchange in Cary and the I-440 split in southwest Raleigh. Crews will do the same road replacement work on I-40, and have been doing prep work along the interstate for several months, with bridge widening and shoulder strengthening under way in several locations.

 

Commuter Options

Because of the expected traffic impact of the project, especially when work is under way full-time on I-40, NCDOT is partnered with Go Triangle, Triangle Transit and Capital Area Transit to promote options to help motorists avoid traveling through the work zone at peak travel times. A Fortify website provides comprehensive information, including alternate transit options, project maps and links to live traffic cameras. Employers can also access online resources to help them develop and implement a flexible work program. The site includes links to Twitter, Facebook and other social media to stay engaged with NCDOT and other commuters.

 

Triangle Transit created new commuting options that include express bus service from Johnston County (JCX) and additional service from eastern Wake County. There is also a park and ride lot at the Wal-Mart at the Cleveland Crossings Shopping Center at I-40 and N.C. 42 for catching the JCX or meeting with carpoolers and vanpoolers to share a ride. To learn more about finding a carpool or vanpool, visit www.sharetheridenc.org.

 

More new routes, including from Cary through west Raleigh and N.C. State University into downtown Raleigh, as well as a route from Fuquay-Varina into Raleigh are scheduled to begin as the project focus shifts to I-40.

 

Bus On Shoulder System (BOSS) is now active along I-40 from Raleigh to Exit 312 for N.C. 42. BOSS enables buses on designated routes to travel in the shoulder of the interstate as long as traffic in travel lanes is moving at speeds lower than 35 mph.

 

 

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