By: Kendall Klosky Tiffany
Now that the snow from Snowzilla is finally starting to melt and you’re eager to get out of your house, it’s time to reevaluate the status of your 2016 New Year’s Resolution. Did your resolution fall in the category of saving money, to become healthier or be a better steward of your local community? Well, TransIT has the perfect solution to incorporate all three categories into one resolution – an alternative commute from your typical single occupant vehicle!
Throughout 2016, TransIT has many great events planned to get you into the alternative commute groove.
Calendar of Events
- March 1 –May 31: Employer Commute Challenge
Does your employer provide incentives to encourage alternative commutes? Or do you feel there is some room for improvement to encourage more employees into alternative commutes? During the months of March, April, and May EcoLogix Group and TransIT Services of Frederick County will be conducting a commute challenge for Frederick County employers and employees to pledge to use alternative commutes. For more information, stay tuned for our upcoming blog on the commute challenge or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- April 22: Earth Day
Be a good steward of the Earth and leave your single occupant vehicle (SOV) at home for the day. Ride a TransIT Shuttle or Connector to work, it’s a free ride in honor of Earth Day!
- MAY 20: Bike to Work Day 2016
Like meeting new people? Feeling good after a morning workout? Interested in seeing Frederick from a new prospective? Or like chances to win new goodies? Come participate in Frederick’s annual Bike to Work Day taking place on May 20th at the TransIT Center on East Street. Did we mention you get a free t-shirt for participating? Stay tuned on how to register!
- JUNE 1 – AUGUST 31: 2016 Summer Freedom Pass
Calling all Frederick County students from ages 13 to 22. TransIT is again offering our Summer Freedom Pass for only $15. The pass is available on our TransIT EZ Fare app. Did we mention the pass offers unlimited rides on TransIT Connectors and Shuttles for the entire summer with a valid ID?
- JUNE 18: Dump the Pump Day
Save your gas money and ride TransIT. Free rides available for those up for the challenge!
- AUGUST 22: First Day of School
TransIT offers free rides on all Shuttles and Connectors to students on the first day of school. Student IDs required and students 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult.
- SEPTEMBER 16 – 24: The Great Frederick Fair
Save your parking money [and a traffic headache!] by riding TransIT to the fair. Ride the #40 Connector to a fairgrounds entrance.
- SEPTEMBER 22: Car Free Day 2016
Join a team – team bike, team rail, team telework, team bus, team walk, or team pool – and make a pledge to give your car a break for the day. TransIT offers free rides on all Shuttles and Connectors to get you around for the day.
- NOVEMBER 11: Veterans’ Day 2016
TransIT offers free rides on all Shuttles and Connector buses to all active and retired military with valid ID.
- DECEMBER 21 – 31: Annual Holiday Bus
Save yourself the stress of finding a parking spot during holiday shopping and ride a TransIT Shuttle or Connector instead. The Holiday Bus spreads holiday cheer to all riders on their way to work, to shop, or to spend time with family and friends. TransIT offers free rides to those lucky enough to score a ride on the holiday bus.
While these events are highlighted for the year, don’t forget that TransIT Shuttles and Connector buses run throughout the year to get you to and from work, shopping, or to spend time with family and friends.
Not near a TransIT stop? We also offer assistance in ridesharing, vanpooling, and Guaranteed Ride Home for those already participating in alternative commutes at least twice a week.
For more information on all services, visit our website at frederickcountymd.gov/transit, follow us on Twitter @TransITServices, or like us on Facebook.