Georgia Encourages Drivers to Explore Their Commute Options
Georgia Commute Options was created in 1996 to promote ridesharing and incentivize drivers to consider travel options other than driving alone. The program is partnered and funded by the Georgia Department of Transportation, using proceeds from the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) program that seek to improve air quality in the region. Georgia Commute Options offers a wide array of free programs that give local people and businesses incentives to share rides.
At Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, our compassionate auto accident attorneys care about the environment and also sees ridesharing as a potential way to decrease traffic, which in turn should result in fewer accidents. As such, we applaud the efforts of Georgia Commute Options and GDOT. Below we take a look at some of the programs offered through Georgia Commute Options and provide you with more information on how you can get where you need to go by driving less.
Cash and Prizes for Commuters
Georgia Commute Options offers cash and prizes to commuters in eligible counties who sign up and choose alternatives to driving alone. Commuters who wish to participate should sign up on their website where they will provide basic information, including their name, work address, work hours, and information concerning their commute.
Once signed up, Georgia Commute Options will help you to arrange your commute with minimal driving. You could utilize an array of public transportation options or engage in ridesharing. Georgia Commute Options will also assist you in finding a ride match partner free of cost. The organization will count a commute as "clean" and participants will be eligible for cash or prizes when they are not driving alone. A "clean commute" includes carpooling, walking, biking, taking public transit, and even telecommuting. The program also encourages compressed work weeks in which employees work longer hours and fewer days, thereby reducing drive time.
Individuals who participate in the program could earn up to $5 a day when they switch from driving alone. They could also earn gas cards and cash for rider referrals to encourage ridesharing. Georgia Commute Options works with workplaces across Georgia to develop large-scale plans for employees to rideshare. Participating workplaces can also earn cash rewards.
Reducing the Number of Vehicles on the Road Can Improve Safety
All residents in and around the Atlanta area have likely experienced frustrating traffic at one point or another. Not only is traffic a nuisance, but it can also be dangerous. Stop-and-go traffic can result in serious accidents, especially rear end collisions. By reducing the number of cars on the roads through mass transit and ridesharing programs, Georgians might see a reduction in the number of accidents as well, making our roadways less clogged and safer for everyone.
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