Welcome back! We hope the beginning of your fall semester is getting off to a wonderful start!
Whether you’re an incoming freshman to a college in the Triangle or are returning for another great year, there’s a ton to see and do here and we’re ready to help you get there. Downtown Raleigh frequently opens up its streets to festivals and gallery walks. Music in Chapel Hill might be a must-do for you. If you’re hungry, chances are good Durham has the food you’re craving.
There are a lot of tips we could give you about using public transit. (We will and if you’re curious please ask us!) But there’s one thing in particular we want you to get excited about today.
GoPass. GoPass. GoPass.
If you take away one thing from this blog post that’s it. If you’re a student you should be riding transit in the area because it’s FREE. From getting to ride all of GoRaleigh routes for free, being able to hop on Chapel Hill Transit anytime, or having a GoPass to ride any system in the area anytime you want, public transit is the cheap, easy, and reliable means of getting around. Don’t worry about having a car on campus or figuring out where to park without getting a ticket.
Ride with us. Check out this list. Find your school. Get hooked up with transit.
The following schools will give you a GoPass:
The following schools provide some form of free transportation:
UNC (Chapel Hill Transit is already free. If you live outside of its routes, you’re eligible for GoPass.)
Meredith College (Provides a U-Pass which gives you free access to all of GoRaleigh’s routes.)
If you have questions about GoPass or want to know more about how to ride, where to go, or tips for using transit please get in touch!
American Tobacco, a Best Work “SITE” for Commuters
What does your commute look like? Perhaps you’re a cyclist that enjoys the cool morning air as you ride in, or a transit rider that prefers reading your book, or connecting with your neighbors in route to work. Here in the Triangle, we know what a difference a high-quality commute can make in your day. This is why we participate in a national certification program that recognizes the best workplaces in the region for providing exemplary commuter benefits. This program has recently begun the certification of work sites to recognize places and spaces in our community that are creating more vibrant and more fulfilling job centers for us all.
American Tobacco Campus (ATC) is the first certified location in the Triangle to join as a Best Work Site for Commuters. ATC offers onsite amenities such as bike parking, transit amenities and comprehensive wayfinding signage to help direct visitors and staff to available resources. Instead of just a worksite, American Tobacco has become a destination for staff. Incorporating multiple modes and making transportation easy through site planning and development, American Tobacco is leading the way and raising the bar for what a workplace should look like. Notably, as a property manager, ATC recently incorporated a transit GoPass for American Tobacco staff and their tenants’ employees. The ATC GoPass is the worksite for approximately 4,000 employees who are now eligible for a free commute by bus! The ATC GoPass program enables individuals to easily commute via the regional transit system with routes serving much of the Triangle stopping a block away at Durham Station.
Learn more about becoming a certified Best Workplace or Best Worksite location by contacting Mary Sell, Best Workplaces for Commuters Coordinator for the Triangle Region at firstname.lastname@example.org or 919-558-9400. Get more program information at www.bestworkplaces.org
Commuter Spotlight: Cyndi Booth
“I just wanted send you a note of thanks for all of the work that you do with the GoTriangle buses. I have been taking the Durham-Raleigh Express (DRX) to work for about a week and a half and I LOVE it. My only regret is that I didn’t start sooner! What a win-win for all. I am helping preserve the environment, meeting new people and saving gas at the same time! AND – I don’t have to deal with the traffic so I am not grumpy when I get home (smile). Keep up the great work!” Happy TTA (now GoTriangle) Customer! Cyndi, City of Durham
What is a fampool and does it qualify for the Emergency Ride Home program and GoPerks? A “fampool” is a group of family members that could have driven to work separately but decided to carpool instead. The only qualification is that at least two of the people in the car be of driving age. This means you can’t count dropping the kids off at daycare or school on the way to work unless your spouse, partner or other adult live-in relative is in the car too. Your “fampool” must be reducing road congestion by at least one car. This opens a world of possibilities for the FREE Emergency Ride Home and GoPerks incentive program. It is advisable to have all employees in a carpool register for the Emergency Ride Home program. Encourage your employer to register as well so that you all can track your trips and redeem prizes like those listed in this month’s list of winners. Click on the links for more information about carpooling, Emergency Ride Home program and GoPerks.
GoPerks Sponsor Spotlight: RTI International
Environmental sustainability is one of RTI International’s many areas of expertise and practice. We are dedicated to improving the human condition through our work and within our organization. Supporting the GoPerks program was a logical extension of our efforts internally to promote a more sustainable community and act as a model for others.
We have also partnered with GoTriangle to establish vanpools for our employees and provide them with subsidies for using mass transit. For employees who choose to bike, we offer a number of amenities to make biking to work an easy option such as showers in the buildings and convenient bike racks. For electric vehicle owners, we have installed charging stations on campus. We recognize that employee commutes represent a portion of our overall greenhouse gas emissions as outlined in our sustainability reporting, and we seek to further promote alternative commuting methods which reduce this environmental impact.
GoPerks sponsors …
This month’s GoPerks winners are…..
Nick Baldino – Cisco – Durham Bulls 2 ticket special
Andy Throgmorton – Digitalsmiths – Cary’s Amphitheatre 2 ticket special
David Matesanz – Duke – $25 Faire Restaurant Gift Card
Mirta Mihovilovic – Duke – $10 Dickey’s Barbecue Pit Gift Card
Julian Xie – Duke – $10 The Oxford Restaurant Gift Card
Holly Leddy – Duke – $10 Only Burger Gift Card
Chandi Quigley – Duke – $10 Saladelia Café Gift Card
Elisa Arevalo Perez – Hazen and Sawyer – $10 Mura at North Hills Gift Card
Kendra Bridges – NC DOT – $5 Cameron Village Gift Card
Pamela Taylor – NC Legislature – $10 Cuban Revolution Gift Card
Kerry White – Parsons Brinckerhoff – Durham Bulls 2 ticket special
Tim Falco – Pfizer – $5 Cameron Village Gift Card
Terry Burns – Pfizer – Cary’s Amphitheatre 2 ticket special
Donna Schaeffer – City of Raleigh – Cary’s Amphitheatre 2 ticket special
Amanda Carroll – State Employees’ Credit Union – $10 Shop Downtown Raleigh Gift Card
Barbara Massey – UNC – $25 Johnny Carino’s Gift Card
Christine Stachowicz – UNC – Durham Bulls 2 Ticket Special
Desere’ Cross – UNC – Durham Bulls 2 ticket special
Elizabeth Kunreuther – UNC – $25 Cameron Bar & Grill Gift Card
Ed Purchase IV – UNC – $5 Tobacco Road Sports Café Gift Card
Ed Purchase IV – UNC – Cary’s Amphitheatre 2 ticket special
Janet Stevens – UNC Health Care – $5 Cameron Village Gift Card
Krista Latta – UNC – Durham Bulls 2 ticket special
Lindis Chetwynd – UNC – $5 Only Burger Gift Card
Lori DelNegro – UNC – $10 Mellow Mushroom Gift Card
Michael McKay – UNC – $50 Medlin Davis Cleaners Gift Card
Nely Dicheva – UNC – $10 Café Carolina Gift Card
Nely Dicheva – UNC – $10 Café Carolina & Bakery – Cameron Village Gift Card
Peter Chow – UNC – $10 Sweet Frog – Chapel Hill Gift Card
Peter Chow – UNC – Durham Bulls 2 ticket special
Phyllis Lee – UNC – $10 Café Carolina & Bakery – Cameron Village Gift Card
Rupali Aggarwal – UNC- $10 Brixx – Cameron Village Gift Card
Sara Tinkham – UNC – Cary’s Amphitheatre 2 ticket special
Sara Levinson – UNC – $25 Zinda Restaurant Gift Card
A huge thank you to all of our GoPerks riders, making the Triangle better one trip at a time!
Today’s Two Link Tuesday is being overtaken by #TeleworkTuesday!
Teleworking is an often overlooked method of cutting down driving, reducing rush-hour traffic, and saving money on transit. Here at GoSmart, we encourage our employees to take a day or two each week to work at home or their local coffee shop instead of coming into the office.
Our social media specialist, Eleanor Hawthorne, shares her #TeleworkTuesday view including some words of inspiration from her coffee. (Taken at a favorite local coffee shop, Brew, in Raleigh.)
In addition to all the benefits of not driving, teleworking offers a variety of perks. You can choose your own working environment, work in a coffee shop and keep that caffeine high going all day long, exercise during lunch without being seen by coworkers in your bike shorts, etc. For some people, getting to work out of the office enables them to really get in the zone and not out tasks that are difficult to complete when busy with meetings or unexpected requests.
And since we still really love Two Link Tuesday… here are a couple of links to help you kickstart your telework days.
Today’s Two Link Tuesday we give you 2×2 of the transit link goodness. So 4 links. We’re giving you four links but that kills the alliteration.
First up:tonight is National Night Out. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet some neighbors and help make your community better connected.
In transportation news… the senate has passed a new bill.
Though we’re proud of all parts of the Triangle, this Tuesday shoutout goes to Durham. If you’re a creative you may agree with us.
Lastly, banning cars. This neighborhood in South Korea banned cars for two whole months. Read more on Vox to find out what the residents thought about it.
What transit news has caught your eye this week? Share it with us in the comments!
Today In Transit
We do a lot of the reading, research, and digging to gather together articles and ideas surrounding transit so that you don’t have to. Here are a few of the interesting things we found today;
Roads made of plastic? Could be.
The possibility of a “Bike-Autobahn” coming to Munich.
Friendly reminder: Our very own GoTriangle will be adding service to Perimeter Park on August 16th!
Speaking of people… Calgary’s model for pedestrian safety.
What articles and topics are you reading up on today? Share your favorites with us in the comments!
The air we breathe….
According to the National Academies of Sciences, Energy and Medicine, 28% of the energy used in the US is used to move transport people and goods. The transportation sector includes all modes of transportation—from personal vehicles to public transportation to airplanes, freight trains, barges, and pipelines. One might think that airplanes, trains, and buses would consume the most energy in this sector but, in fact, their percentages are relatively small—about 9% for aircraft and about 3% for trains and buses. Personal vehicles, on the other hand, consume more than 60% of the energy used for transportation. http://needtoknow.nas.edu/energy/energy-use/transportation/
The GoSmart partners work toward reducing air pollution in the Triangle and pitch in to reducing global warming or at least slow it down. The US Census said that in 2014 there was a combined population of 1.4 million people in Wake, Orange and Durham counties and growing. That is a huge jump from 2004 when the population was 1,080,917. It may be overly presumptuous to assume that if one person chooses to ride the bus or bike to work instead of driving alone that we provide cleaner air and a better quality of life for generations to come. However, imagine what the roads would be like today if only a third of 1 million people in Wake, Orange and Durham counties had chosen to carpool, vanpool, bike, walk or ride the bus as their daily commute one or two days a week starting in 2004. It’s like compounding interest; a little today makes a huge difference tomorrow.
**It’s easy to do your part. Learn more about air quality, sign up for alerts and do your part when the air quality forecast is Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups, Code Orange or worse. Click here to learn more about the air quality index, what you can do to improve air quality and sign up for regular updates.
Meet Jacqueline Gist, she doesn’t commute solo…
Over the past two decades, Jacqueline has walked, taken the bus or gotten a ride from friends and family the entire time she has been associated with the University of North Carolina. She has never driven to campus or used on-campus parking as an undergraduate, graduate student or University Career Services employee. She walks for most of her errands and outings. She once took her car to be inspected and had only driven 600 miles since the last one!
Being a member of the Carrboro Board of Aldermen for over 25 years, she has supported fare free buses, sidewalks and bike paths. Her work to extend hours of service demonstrates her passion for people who are truly dependent on public transportation and those who have to work late hours for which public transportation takes too long to arrive.
Jacqueline has never had a job that she couldn’t walk or take the bus. When she hears people talking about traffic in downtown Carrboro, she feels that if you’re going somewhere in a two mile radius, you shouldn’t be driving. She is admittedly not a super athlete, but a normal person who thinks it makes sense to get to work without driving. She states, “We have free buses, sidewalks and bike lanes! If people got to work some other way, the roads wouldn’t be crowded.”
Meet our GoPerks sponsors….
Eschelon Experiences supports smart commuting for a multitude of reasons – from how it can save our employees (and others) money, to the lessened impact it has on our environment. We do what we can as an organization. We recycle grease, recycle our bottles and cardboard and encourage ride-sharing amongst staff. We don’t have many ways to demonstrate our commitment to helping reduce our carbon footprint in the Triangle, so we support GoPerks!
This month’s GoPerks winners are……
Michael Agar – Pfizer – $10 Mellow Mushroom Gift Card
Michael Agar – Pfizer – $5 Mellow Mushroom Gift Card
Nick Baldino – Cisco – $10 Dickey’s Barbecue Pit Gift Card
Lamont Burt – Duke University – $5 McDonald’s – Cameron Village Gift Card
Ryan Coker – HCL – Durham Bulls – 2 ticket special
Desere’ Cross – UNC – $10 Sweet Frog – Chapel Hill Gift Card
Tommy Cypress – UNC – Durham Bulls – 2 ticket special
Todd Delk – City of Raleigh – $25 Faire Restaurant Gift Card
Todd Delk – City of Raleigh – $25 Zinda Restaurant Gift Card
Bonita Douglas – Duke University – $5 Cameron Village Gift Card
Jessie Ehrisman – Duke Unversity – $10 Sweet Frog – Chapel Hill Gift Card
Taylor Floyd – City of Raleigh – $50 Medlin Davis Cleaners Gift Card
Syam Gadde – Duke University – $10 Saladelia Café Gift Card
Lindale Hill – City of Raleigh – $10 Dickey’s Barbecue Pit Gift Card
Lindale Hill – City of Raleigh – $10 The Oxford Restaurant Gift Card
Lindale Hill – City of Raleigh – $10 Zinda Restaurant Gift Card
Chuck Kelly – SAS – $10 Tyler’s Taproom Gift Card
Brenton Leanhardt – Red Hat – $50 Gravy Restaurant Gift Card
David Matesanz – Duke University -$25 North Hills Gift Card
Lucy Medlin- Dept of Public Instruction – $10 Shop Downtown Raleigh Gift Card
Cathy Middelberg – Pfizer – $5 Picolla Italia – Cameron Village – Gift Card
Jeff Miles – NC DENR – Durham Bulls – 2 Ticket Special
Denise O’Neill – NCSU – Durham Bulls – 2 Ticket Special
Donna Schaeffer – City of Raleigh – $10 Whichwich Gift Card
Donna Schaeffer – City of Raleigh – $10 Whichwich Gift Card
Michelle Sclafani – NC DENR – $10 Piccola Italia – Cameron Village Gift Card
Erich Staib – Duke University – Durham Bulls – 2 Ticket Special
Samantha Thomas – Duke University – $5 Saladelia Café’ Gift Card
Alexandra Vaughn – UNC – $50 Macy’s Gift Card
Lisa Wheeler – UNC – $10 Mura at North Hills Gift Card
Teresa Young – City of Raleigh – $25 The Oxford Restaurant Gift Card