March 13th, 2014
Ride Public Transportation to Work WeekEmployee Focus, Optimize Mobility, by Muriel Xochimitl.
Next week (March 17th-21st) state employees are encouraged to use public transportation to travel to and from work. This ‘Ride Public Transportation to Work Week’ represents a concerted effort by the state to increase transit ridership as a means of improving air quality and reducing congestion.
By participating in this effort, employees have an opportunity to lead by example in using our innovative, accessible and efficient public transportation system to make Utah an even better place to live and work.
Representatives from UDOT’s TravelWise program and the Utah Transit Authority will be available at the North Temple and Salt Lake Central TRAX Stations on Monday, March 17th and Wednesday, March 19th from 7:00-9:00am to answer questions and distribute materials for participating employees.
In addition to public transportation, employees have been asked to use a combination of proven strategies that promote alternatives to driving alone. The UDOT TravelWise program strategies are aimed at optimizing mobility, reducing energy consumption and improving air quality. They include:
- Carpooling and vanpooling
- Taking public transit
- Active transportation (walking or biking)
- Teleworking (conference calling, video conferencing or working from an off-site location)
- Trip chaining
- Skip the trip (planning ahead to bring a lunch or grocery shop once each week rather than a few times for a few items)
- Alternative and flexible work schedules
Many Utahn’s are already using TravelWise strategies such as trip chaining, they just don’t realize it. Research has shown that 87 percent of Utahns support a program that promotes these kinds of strategies. State employees can be part of the solution by incorporating these strategies into our daily lives.