Car Free Day and Try Transit Week 2011
What is Car Free Day?
- Car Free Day is an international event celebrated every September 22 in which people are encouraged to get around without cars and instead ride a train, bus, bicycle, carpool, subway, vanpool, walk or telework. Car Free Day is open to all commuters, students, homemakers and seniors in the Washington metropolitan area.
Day is organized in various cities throughout the world in
different ways, but with the common goal of taking cars off the
streets. The benefit to greater society is a day with less traffic
congestion, a greener environment and reduced gasoline demand. Today,
Day includes celebrations in 1,500 cities in 40 countries.
What is Try Transit Week?
- The fourth annual Try Transit Week, which takes place September 19 - 23, 2011, is a statewide event sponsored by the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) to encourage everyone to avoid driving solo and give transit options such as bus, rail, carpools, vanpools and telework a try.
How does Try Transit Week work?
- Visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/fcdot and view information about different commuting options including carpools, vanpools, bicycling, telework and transit.
- For Fairfax Connector transit information, visit www.fairfaxconnector.com and view the Fairfax Connector North, West, or South system maps or use the link to Metro's Trip Planner to find bus service in your neighborhood. Call the Fairfax Connector Information Center at 703-339-7200, TTY 703-339-1608, or visit one of the five Connector Stores and talk to a representative to get details about your bus stop, fares, and route schedule. Then hop on a Fairfax Connector bus!
Why try transit?
Most people say they could use more time and money. Transit helps you get more of both! By using transit, you save on fuel and certain car expenses that, for the average family, can really add up! The average person spends up to a week's worth of vacation time a year sitting in traffic. Don't waste your time -- try transit!
By pledging to try a form of transit between September 19-23,
2011, you will be entered for a chance to win a year's free pass to the
transit service of your choice and two round-trip tickets on Amtrak
Virginia, courtesy of the Virginia Department of Rail and Public
Where can transit take me?
Transit isn’t just for commuting to work. Transit options can help you get to a medical appointment, the salon, a party, the movies, a date, most anywhere you want to go.
What if I already use transit?
If you already use transit, Try Transit Week is a great time to keep up the good work and spread the word about using transit and the benefits that transit delivers such as cost savings and congestion relief.
- You can still participate in the online pledge and enter to win a year's free transit pass and two round-trip tickets on Amtrak Virginia, courtesy of the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation.
How can I find the best option for me?
Virginia offers a variety of transit options including bus, rail, carpools, vanpools and telework. “Your Transit Options” on www.trytransitweek.com highlights the options available in Virginia to help you determine which form of transit you should try.
How can I learn more?
- Visit www.trytransitweek.com for more information on Try Transit Week, transit options in your area and the benefits of using transit.