Way to Go! Smart Trip Challenge
Vermonters Are Ready To Go! For a 9th Round
The ninth annual Way to Go! Smart Trip Challenge kicks off on May 4th, and Vermonters throughout the state are signing up now. So far, about 440 smart trip travelers have pledged to take part in this effort to reduce driving costs, air pollution, and traffic.
Way to Go! participants pledge to take the bus, carpool, telecommute, bike or walk to work, school and other trips during the weeks of May 4th – 15th. While reducing the impact of driving solo on their wallets and on Vermont’s air and roadways, participants can earn prizes, including the Carbon Cup award for teams with the highest percentage of Way to Go! participants.
In support of this statewide Challenge, Stagecoach is offering Fare-Free Friday on May 8th.
“Fare-Free Friday is a great incentive for people to try out the bus,” said Jim Moulton of Stagecoach, a partner organizer of the challenge. “We take great pride in the work we do to improve the social, environmental, and economic health of the community and we’d love for you to see first-hand how we do it on May 8th.”
There’s still time to sign up for the Challenge at waytogovt.org. Businesses, schools, communities and individual teams with the highest percentage of participants will be recognized at an award ceremony at the State House in Montpelier on June 11th.
This spring’s Challenge aims to top the strong results brought in by last year’s participants, who saved a combined $40,100 at the gas pump, drove 299,666 fewer miles, and kept 208,599 pounds of carbon dioxide out of the air. Way to Go! is designed to raise year-round awareness of transportation options by encouraging participants to travel in ways other than driving alone.
In addition to the fun and prizes associated with the May 4th-15th event, Vermonters have the peace of mind of the Go! Vermont Guaranteed Ride Home (GRH) benefit. GRH reimburses bus riders’ and carpoolers’ travel fees up to $70 for unforeseen changes of plans such as work-related or family emergency. Preregistration for GRH is required at connectingcommuters.org.
Stagecoach enhances the social, environmental, and economic health of the region by providing safe and accessible community transportation services for everyone. For more information, please contact us.