Even as progress continues on the Route 1 lane expansion, the reality is, our regional transportation solutions require a multi-pronged approach. Building roads is part of the equation, but it also takes transit solutions to get New Woodbridge moving. And if you have been considering giving transit a try, now is the time, with prizes being offered during Try Transit Week, September 17-21, 2018, and Car Free Day September 21 and 22. This is the first time this event has been expanded to two days! These promotions are opportunities for area residents to consider using public transportation, sharing a ride with others, teleworking and helping to reduce the number of vehicles on our roadways.

“Public transportation riders save time and money by traveling in Express Lanes, taking advantage of free parking, and reducing the number of times they have to put fuel in their vehicle. They also have the advantage of a relaxing commute so they arrive at their destinations stress-free,” said OmniRide Executive Director Bob Schneider.

Registration for both are now open. Take the pledge for chances to win prizes. Already use transit? You can still pledge and win!

Those who pledge to try transit during Try Transit Week (even current riders) are automatically entered for a chance to win one year of free transit service from a participating Virginia transit operator as well as a pair of round-trip tickets aboard Amtrak’s Northeast Regional train! But that’s not all! Participating transit providers, including OmniRide, are offering additional prizes. OmniRide will award one lucky winner with a $50 SmarTrip card, and two additional winners will each receive $25 SmarTrip cards.

Car Free Day was expanded to two days this year to allow more people to participate and qualify for prize drawings. Those who can’t go without their car for a day or two are encouraged to go Car-Lite by reducing the number of solo vehicle trips they make and sharing any rides with others. Even small gestures like that help to make the air cleaner and the roads less congested!

Everyone who pledges to go Car Free or Car-Lite on one or both days will be eligible to win prizes including $25 SmarTrip cards, Giant grocery gift cards, KIND Healthy Snacks gift bags, an Apple iPod, Capital Bikeshare memberships, and more.  Car Free Day is sponsored locally by Commuter Connections. Register for Car Free Day at CarFreeMetroDC.org.

Try Transit Week is sponsored by the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation. Pledges will be accepted through September 21, 2018 at TryTransitWeek.org/pledge.

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