This October, during Rideshare Month, Commuter Connect is introducing the 2012 Commuter Challenge—an incentive program designed to award participants who use alternative methods of commuting.
Throughout the month, participants can document their trips indicating whether they carpooled, vanpooled, rode the bus, biked, or walked to and from work. Each documented trip will earn the participant one entry into a prize drawing. The drawing will occur once a week and prizes include IndyGo 30-day passes, Indy Express Bus passes, and gas cards. The grand prize drawing will occur at the end of the month and the winner will receive a $500 gift card. There will also be runner-up prizes in addition to the grand prize.
“If we can get people to try an alternative to driving alone, they’ll see that it can save money, reduce stress, recapture some time and even burn calories,” said Andrew McGee, Commuter Connect manager. “Ridesharing is still catching on in Central Indiana, and we think this is a fun way to instill a little competition and encourage people to give it a try.”
Interested participants can sign up for the Challenge at Commuter Connect’s website to create a free account or log onto an existing account. Anyone looking for carpool, vanpool, or biking buddies can click “Sign-up” on the home page of the website to be matched with other conscious commuters. There is no obligation to ride or bike with any of the matches, Commuter Connect simply wishes to provide options for commuters looking to carpool or bike.
Commuter Connect is a federally funded program intended to reduce air pollution and traffic. It is the rideshare service of Central Indiana Regional Transportation Authority (CIRTA).
Commuter Connect Numbers
423 Central Indiana companies that participate in Commuter Connect by providing incentives and/or resources to help employees with alternative transportation
5,748 Residents registered in the Commuter Connect database
2,744 Residents registered and waiting to find rideshare matches
3,040 Registered participants in a vanpool or carpool, ride bikes, walk or take a bus to work