The Chattanooga area Green Trips program kicked off at CARTA Shuttle Park South, 1398 Market Street, on Thursday.
Green Trips is a program to encourage and reward residents and commuters for reducing single-occupancy vehicle (SOV) trips in the Chattanooga-Hamilton County-North Georgia region by promoting walking, bicycling, carpooling, transit, telecommuting, and compressed work weeks as alternatives.
Following the event, individuals were able to join at greentripscha.org to connect with carpool/bicycle partners and earn rewards for logging biking, walking, transit, and carpool trips, as well as telecommutes and compressed work weeks.
Several major employers have also come on board, with EPB, TVA, City of Chattanooga, Hamilton County Government, and Ivy Academy employees piloting the program.
Representatives of Green Trips Partner Employers spoke in support of the Green Trips program as a strategy for advancing corporate sustainability and health and wellness efforts.
New members will be entered to win prizes, such as 31-day CARTA passes.
The event took place on Dump the Pump Day, a national transit holiday intended to call attention to public transportation as an economically attractive alternative to driving.
Green Trips is a program of the Chattanooga-Hamilton County/North Georgia Transportation Planning Organization (TPO) and is funded as a three-year pilot through the federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) Program. The program aligns with regional transportation planning goals of reducing congestion and connecting communities in the region by providing multimodal travel options to activity and economic centers.
Similar programs across the country, such as the Knoxville Smart Trips program, have successfully reduced vehicle miles traveled while promoting healthy lifestyles. Green Trips is led by Program Coordinator Zach Meredith, with support from Membership Specialist Heather Sivley, both housed within the Strategic Long-Range Planning Division of the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Regional Planning Agency.
- Photo2 by Wes Schultz