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Minn. Metro Transit launches Commuter Challenge

Posted on April 2, 2013

Minneapolis’ Metro Transit and the region’s Transportation Management Organizations (TMOs) launched the Commuter Challenge, an annual campaign that encourages Twin Cities residents to drive alone less often and try smart commute options.

Residents can participate in the Commuter Challenge by pledging to replace drive-alone trips and instead take the bus or train, bicycle, carpool, walk, telework or vanpool. Those who sign up for the Commuter Challenge are entered into prize drawings, which are announced after the campaign ends.

“The Commuter Challenge is an easy way for commuters to take the first step in changing how they get around — even if it’s just a day or two each week,” said Metro Transit GM Brian Lamb.

Commuter Challenge participants can see how their commuting habits save money and reduce their carbon footprint. By using an online trip tracker, commuters can watch what they’re saving in gas, carbon dioxide, calories and miles. Commuters who track their trips at least once a month are eligible to win a gift card.           

Last year, participants logged nearly 132,000 trips and 2.3 million miles using transit, bicycling, walking or sharing the ride in a carpool or vanpool.

The Commuter Challenge is sponsored by Metro Transit and the region’s TMOs: Anoka County TMO Commute Solutions, downtown Minneapolis Commuter Connection, St. Paul Smart Trips and Commuter Services, which serves the I-494 corridor and the southwest metro. TMOs work with employers and commuters to explore transportation options that reduce traffic congestion.

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