Green Trips Program Launched On Thursday

Friday, June 21, 2013
Mayor Andy Berke and officials
Mayor Andy Berke and officials
- photo by Wes Schultz

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. 

Staff
Staff
- Photo2 by Wes Schultz

Outdoor Chattanooga News And Events

Brown's Ferry Kayak Tour Aug. 2 The National Park Service will join Outdoor Chattanooga for a special historical tour of Brown's Ferry by kayak on Sat., Aug. 2, beginning at 9 a.m.  Paddle the TN River around Williams Island and the entrance to the TN River Gorge while an interpretive ranger from  Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park ... (click for more)

Three Popular Waterfowl Hunting Areas Have New Regulations

Hunting regulations have been changed on Gooch Unit E, Meeman-Shelby State Park, and White Oak (Lebanon Pond area) Wildlife Management Areas.  The duck hunting on these areas, prior to the change, was on a first come first serve basis. There were not any established hunting sites and hunters could set up anywhere they wanted. This has created an overcrowded issue which ... (click for more)

Harr Outlines $40 Million Plan For Chattanooga Light Rail System

Outgoing Chamber of Commerce President Ron Harr on Monday outlined a $40 million plan for a Chattanooga light rail system that would serve not only downtown, but also the Airport and the Enterprise South Industrial Park. In a speech to the Chattanooga Engineers Club, Mr. Harr said most cities looking at such an ambitious plan "would be facing costs of over a billion dollars." ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Choo Choo Adding Clubs, Restaurants In $8 Million Renovation

The historic Chattanooga Choo Choo is adding clubs and restaurants in a $7 million renovation, it was announced in front of the South Market Street landmark on Monday morning. The Comedy Catch will be moving from its longtime home in Brainerd and there will be a new 500-person music venue that will be in addition to Track 29. The new venue, managed by Track 29, will feature a ... (click for more)

Senator Bob Corker: An Open Letter To Tennesseans

We are incredibly fortunate to live in a state in which companies worldwide are clamoring to establish a presence. Many attribute it to our pro-business culture, well-prepared workforce, low tax environment, right-to-work policies, and engaged citizenry.  That is why the announcement by Volkswagen to build its midsize sports utility vehicle and establish the South’s ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Wamp Refuses To Stoop

With less than two weeks before the Aug. 7 th election and the last week of early voting now underway in Hamilton County, Congressional challenger Weston Wamp sounded upbeat and relaxed early yesterday afternoon. “I’m pleased to say that I believe we are right where we need to be … maybe even more than we had hoped.” Wamp, who is challenging two-term incumbent Chuck Fleishmann ... (click for more)