Written By: OmniRide
OmniRide will offer FARE-FREE rides on all Express routes on September 22 for Car-Free Day! OmniRide, in partnership with Commuter Connections, is asking residents to pledge to be car-free on this day by forgoing commuting alone by car and instead choose to either use public transportation, carpool or vanpool, bike, walk, or even telework from home.
The Fare-Free Express rides is a great opportunity to take family and out-of-town guests for sightseeing in D.C. while still being friendly to the environment and avoiding dealing with traffic. Residents can encourage local friends and their children to come along for a group adventure and use it as an opportunity teach the children about being kind to the Earth, while introducing them to public transportation.
Car-Free Day is a worldwide event that encourages greener methods of travel. Commuter Connections hosts Car-Free Day in the Washington, DC region to bring awareness to the benefits of travel options such as transit, bicycling and walking; and telework for people who can work from home. Carpooling and vanpooling count too, which is referred to as “car-lite” since they are both lighter on the wallet and the environment than driving alone in a car.
Everyone who signs up to take the free pledge will receive a $30 promo code from Nift (Neighborhood Gift) to spend at local neighborhood businesses. Plus, all who take the pledge will be automatically eligible to win great prizes such as a Samsung tablet, gift cards to popular restaurants and stores, annual memberships, and more. Raffle prizes were made possible by the generosity of many local businesses who are using this opportunity to support going green and cleaner air for the region.
Pledge participants also have an opportunity to learn about the transportation options, infrastructure, and resources in Prince William County, by playing Car-Free BINGO. Play for a chance to win one of four City of Manassas or OmniRide gift bags. Prizes will be mailed to the winners after they have been contacted. Play bingo here.
Commuter Connections is a program of the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board at the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG). Commuter Connections promotes bicycling to work, ridesharing, and other alternatives to drive alone commuting; provides ridematching for carpools and vanpools; and offers the free Guaranteed Ride Home program. Commuter Connections is funded by the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, and the U.S. Departments of Transportation.
OmniRide’s Transportation Demand Management (TDM) Program assists employers to coordinate ridesharing and implement teleworking and commuter benefits programs for their employees. OmniRide TDM also partners with other agencies on transportation planning and operating initiatives, ridesharing strategies, transportation planning studies, capital project management, policy analysis, and regional coordination.
Take the pledge here.
The Potomac and Rappahannock Transportation Commission (PRTC), operating as OmniRide, provides a variety of services in Prince William County, Stafford County, the City of Manassas and the City of Manassas Park including: OmniRide Express and OmniRide Local bus routes; OmniRide Ridesharing for the promotion of carpools and vanpools; and OmniRide Employer Services which helps businesses to implement and expand commuter benefit programs. PRTC also co-sponsors the Virginia Railway Express in partnership with the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission.