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FilmingCommuteInfo Commute Options Awareness Month - May 2017

CommuteInfo Commute Options Awareness Month is a specially designated month used to celebrate and focus extra attention on the promotion of commuting options available to commuters and employers in southwestern Pennsylvania. The overall goal for the month is to further encourage more people regionally to use an alternative commute (transit, vanpools, carpools, biking, and/or walking) to get to work or school. May was chosen as this special month since it includes National Transportation Week, National Bike Month, National Employee Health and Fitness Day, and National Clean Air Week. CommuteInfo staff, partners, and collaborating organizations help support the month-long celebration. CommuteInfo Commute Options Awareness Month was first celebrated in 2004.

What is new for 2017?

CommuteInfo on TV and Digital Devices

SPC is committed to keeping our region moving forward, and our CommuteInfo Program is here to help people find their best way to work or school! 

FilmingCommuteInfo works directly with individuals to assess their commuting needs and identify a range of options to fit their schedules. We alsowork with companies to design programs to help their employees learn about the different ways they can travel to work by taking transit, joining a vanpool or carpool, walking or biking. By encouraging more people to choose alternatives to driving alone, we are also advancing our Regional Vision - allowing commuters at a corridor level, flexible transportation options which do not require a large infrastructure investment, and connections to jobs and educational opportunities throughout the region.

CommuteInfo’s customer-focused full service commuting options resource center, regional vanpool and carpool programs, and forum for coordinating regional ridesharing efforts make it the regional one-stop-shop for commuters!  

FilmingWe know that there are people who have never heard of CommuteInfo, and we are developing new ways to reach them.  So to help more of our regional motorists learn about this service, CommuteInfo is working with the local stations to test television and digital advertising platforms.  Our goal is to get even more people sharing their rides to work and school in our region. 

Check out the ads below and look for them on your local television stations and their digital platforms:

And special for May, we have a bonus testimonial provided by 35+ year volunteer vanpool driver, Carolyn.  View Carolyn’s testimonial here: 

Ways for you to help get the word out about CommuteInfo Commute Options Awareness Month. 

The images below are for you to post to your social media account, email your employer, employees, co-worker, friends, etc.  Thanks for helping us get the word out! 

Employers
We encourage our employees to ride the bus, vanpool, carpool, bike or walk to work.
We offer our employees commuter choice transportation benefits.

Employees
I don’t rely on a car for my commute, I ride the bus.
I share my ride to work, ask me about my vanpool or carpool.
I use my commute to get exercise, I bike or walk.

Everyone
I am celebrating CommuteInfo Commute Options Awareness Month.
I share my ride.  Find out if you could share yours too.
I save money on my commute.  Find out the cost of your commute with CommuteInfo’s cost calculator.

If you have a testimonial/photo/idea that could be used for future marketing efforts, please share them with us by emailing CommuteInfo@spcregion.org or by calling 1-888-819-6110

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May 2017 CommuteInfo Commute Options Awareness Month Calendar:

Additional Activities (not tied to a specific date):

  • Special edition of the Pooler Choice E-newsletter (distributed to CommuteInfo vanpool, carpool and bikepool participants)
  • Data collection through the on-line CommuteInfo Commuter Questionnaire (all month)
  • Press release specific to CommuteInfo month
  • Helping more commuters find ways to share their rides to work or school

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Get Involved

How can you and/or your organization be involved?

Sign up to find out what commuting options are available to you, and give them a try!

If you know of any events already scheduled in May and can include CommuteInfo materials…just let us know, so we can get you materials and the event included on the calendar.  Or if you would like to host a special event just to highlight CommuteInfo month, let us know that as well. Contact us today.

Take advantage of one of our partner sponsored activities, where CommuteInfo materials will be distributed and CommuteInfo will provide individual commute options reports to commuters wanting to learn more about their commuting choices: 

Oakland Transportation Management Association (OTMA) – Oakland Smart Commute
Smart Commute is an initiative brought to you by the OTMA in partnership with the Oakland Business Improvement District and CommuteInfo. The program encourages small business owners in Oakland to promote the use of alternative commuting to their employees for commuting to work.  By joining Oakland Smart Commute, small business owners can show their employees that they support smart money-saving commuting options that benefit both the employee, the business and reduce traffic congestion.   Learn more on OTMA’s website.

Sustainable Pittsburgh – Green Workplace Challenge 
The Pittsburgh Green Workplace Challenge, engages the regional Southwestern Pennsylvania’s business community in a fair and friendly competition that produces real reductions in resource use and greenhouse gas emissions, while promoting sustainable business practices.  Some of the challenge points can be earned by working with CommuteInfo.  Learn more by visiting the Sustainable Pittsburgh Green Workplace Challenge website.

CommuteInfo Month Recognition

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Results

Results from CommuteInfo Options Awareness Month

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Vanpool RidersPast Years

Check out previous year’s CommuteInfo Commute Options Awareness Month information:

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