Ways to Go
Carpooling is an easy way to make a big difference with your daily commute. When you share your ride, not only will you keep great company, you can cut 50% of your commute costs! That’s a lot of savings. Not to mention, the carbon emissions you’ll save by sharing your ride – on average nearly 31 pounds! See how much you can save. Try the Go! Vermont Commute Calculator.
KEEP IT SIMPLE!
- Carpool: Go Vermont makes setting up carpools and vanpools nearly effortless! Check out Go Vermont’s easy-to-use carpool matching system, Zimride >> http://www.zimride.com/govermont
- Vanpool: For more information on vanpools, guaranteed rides home and other Go Vermont offerings you can call or visit the website >> 800.685.RIDE (7433) >> www.connectingcommuters.org/
- Vermont Statewide Park & Rides: Vermont has 27 State Park and Ride lots and 21 Municipal Park and Ride lots located throughout the state. For detailed information on each location, visit >> http://parkandrides.vermont.gov/
- CATMA: The Chittenden Area Transportation Management Association (CATMA) provides employees of its business member institutions (Champlain College, UVM Medical Center, UVM) with a confidential carpool matching service. A unique program coordinating carpools for those working on ‘The Hill’. >> 802.656.RIDE (7433) >>www.catmavt.org.
- Neighbor Rides: is an initiative of United Way of Chittenden County that uses volunteer drivers to transport seniors and persons with disabilities to life-sustaining and life-enriching activities throughout Chittenden County. >> 802. 861.7833 >> http://www.unitedwaycc.org/Neighbor-Rides
- The Chittenden Area Transportation Management Association (CATMA) provides employees of its founding members — Champlain College, University of Vermont Medical Center and University of Vermont — access to their confidential carpool matching program. CATMA personally connects employees with carpoolers through their confidential database. >> 802.656.RIDE (7433) >> www.catmavt.org
- Hinesburg Rides is a volunteer-based transportation assistance program designed to address the wide range of needs of all Hinesburg residents, employees, and employers. Their program has three components; 1. Volunteer Driver Program, 2. Commuter Carpool Program, 3. Local Employer Transportation Program. >> www.hinesburg.org/hinesburg_rides.html
- There are 8 official Park & Ride lots around Rutland County, making carpooling quick and convenient. Click on the link to see a map of every Park & Ride lot. >> 802.775.0871 >> rutlandrpc.org/transparkride.php
Harness your natural energy and enjoy the great outdoors. Walking or biking just 30 minutes a day is a healthy way to fit in your recommended daily exercise, while avoiding the stress and hassle of traffic. It’s also healthier for the environment. A short, four-mile round-trip bicycle commute keeps almost 15 pounds of pollutants out of the air.
NEED HELP TO PLAN YOUR ROUTE?
- Local Motion: is a member-supported nonprofit promoting people powered transportation and recreation in Vermont. >> 802.652.BIKE (2453) >> www.localmotion.org/. >> Here’s a great guide to help you commute by bike! >> Vermont Bicycle Commuter Guide
- CATMA: The Chittenden Area Transportation Management Association (CATMA) provides employees of its institutions and business members with a $15 reward for biking or walking to/from work on a regular basis. For more information, call or visit the CATMA website. >> 802.656.RIDE (7433) >> www.catmavt.org
- Montpelier Alive: The Montpelier Downtown Community Association (MDCA), now Montpelier Alive, was formed in 1999 to focus on the revitalization of the downtown. Contact Suzanne Hechmer for any questions regarding biking and walking. >> 802.223.9604 >> www.montpelieralive.org
- The Rutland Area Physical Activity Coalition: works towards creating a healthier, more physically active Rutland County. >> 802.870.6722 >> www.walkbikerutland.org
- Freeride Montpelier: Promotes bicycling by providing affordable used bikes and community-wide access to the tools, skills and information necessary for bike maintenance and safe riding. >> www.freeridemontpelier.org
- Walk Score/Bike Score/Transit Score: Enter an address into this online tool and see how walkable, bike-able, and transit friendly it is. Results also include a map showing nearby amenities. >> www.walkscore.com
- Gmaps Pedometer: Uses Google’s mapping application to help record distances traveled and calories burned during a running or walking workout. >> http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/
- Bicycle Commuter Tax Benefits: >> Bicycle Benefits www.nctr.usf.edu/programs/clearinghouse/commutebenefits
When you travel by bus, you’ll save money, and free up valuable time for whatever you like — reading, writing, listening to music, or tackling emails. Public transportation is an easy way to get more out of your day, while spending less. And for every mile you ride, you’re also using about one-half of the fuel consumed by the average car, so you’ll be making a big impact by reducing carbon emissions.
Most Vermont transit providers will have free fares on Friday as part of Way to Go! Challenge, and several offer special reduced rates the rest of the week. Please check back soon for more information and details.
Bring your bike on the bus to expand your mobility: http://www.cctaride.org/bus-information/bikes.html
NEED HELP PLANNING YOUR ROUTE?
Call the Go Vermont customer support line (1-800-685-7433) or contact your local transit provider:
In Addison County
- ACTR: >> 802.388.1946; www.actr-vt.org
In Chittenden County
- CCTA: >> 802.864.CCTA (2282) >> www.cctaride.org.
In Central Vermont
- GMTA: >> 802.223.7287 >> toll-free: 866.864.0211 >> www.gmtaride.org
- CATMA: The Chittenden Area Transportation Management Association (CATMA) provides employees at its institutions and business membership with discounts on CCTA local and LINK routes. Employees and students at UVM, Champlain College and Seventh Generation can ride any bus for FREE with your valid ID. For more information including bus routes/schedules, visit CATMA’s website or call. >> 802.656.RIDE (7433) >> www.catmavt.org
- RCT: Rural Community Transportation Inc. (RCT) is a transportation brokerage that uses all modes of transportation including buses, wheelchair accessible vans and volunteer drivers. RCT services a wide range of passengers through several programs including: The Northeast Vermont Area Agency on Aging, Adult Day Health Services, Northeast Kingdom Human Services, Central Vermont Council on Aging, and The Northeast Kingdom Community Action. As a Medicaid/Reach Up broker for the State of Vermont, RCT coordinates medical trips for Medicaid eligible residents and transportation for Reach Up programs. >> 802.748.8170>>www.riderct.org
- Hinesburg Rides: is a volunteer-based transportation assistance program designed to address the wide range of needs of all Hinesburg residents, employees, and employers. Their program has three components; 1. Volunteer Driver Program, 2. Commuter Carpool Program, 3. Local Employer Transportation Program. >> www.hinesburg.org/hinesburg_rides.html
- MVRTD: Marble Valley Regional Transit District (MVRTD), generally known as ‘The Bus’ is the largest non-urban public transportation system in the State of Vermont. >> Contact: Jennifer Misencik >> 802.773.3244 >> www.thebus.com
*Bicyclists are encouraged to use the bus as part of their commute. Many buses are outfitted with bike racks. If no bike rack is available, bicyclists can bring their bike on board with the driver’s permission.
- Advance Transit: >> www.advancetransit.com
- Connecticut River Transit: >> www.crtransit.org
- Stagecoach: >> www.stagecoach-rides.org
Telecommuting is a convenient way to reduce stress and increase productivity, while making a huge difference in reducing emissions. It’s simple, and technology has made it more possible than ever — online services like Skype and GoToMeeting allow you to attend meetings from virtually anywhere. By working from home and keeping a vehicle off the road, you’ll make the biggest difference in saving carbon pollution.
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Services like CarShare Vermont can help you enjoy the convenience and freedom of a car on demand at a fraction of the cost of owning one. CarShare Vermont gives you easy access to a network of vehicles parked around Burlington, VT that you can use whenever you want for as long as you like. You pay based on how much you drive–this saves you money, and helps the environment. Whether you have errands to run, need a car for work, or want to get out of town for the weekend, CarShare Vermont can get you there. It’s really that simple!
- CarShare Vermont: provides an affordable, convenient, and reliable alternative to private car ownership that enhances the environmental, economic, and social wellbeing of our region and planet. >> 802.861.2340 >> www.carsharevt.org
- Special Services Transportation Authority (SSTA): >> 802.878.1527 >> E-mail:email@example.com >> http://sstarides.org
- Hinesburg Rides: >> www.hinesburg.org/hinesburg_rides.html
- Neighbor Rides: >> 802. 861.7833 >> http://www.unitedwaycc.org/Neighbor-Rides
- GMCARC: Green Mountain Chapter – American Red Cross (GMCARC). >> 802.442.9458
- MVRTD: Marble Valley Special Transportation Services (MVRTD). >> 802.878.1527 >> http://www.thebus.com/routes/special.htm