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What is the Green Commute Challenge?

MARC’s RideShare and Air Quality programs host the Green Commute Challenge — a friendly competition intended to take vehicles off the road during peak commute times by encouraging the use of alternatives to driving alone, such as carpooling, riding the bus, bicycling, walking and telecommuting.

Participants join a team of coworkers and log work-related trips on their commute calendars to earn points and a chance to win some great prizes.

Why should I participate?

  • Public transportation can be less stressful than driving in congested traffic, and contributes to cleaner air.
  • People who use mass transit as an alternative to driving alone tend to walk more each day, making them healthier and more productive.
  • Carpooling can reduce traffic, air pollution, and other negative side effects of solo automobile travel.
  • Carpooling and ridesharing reduces fuel costs and can contribute to team building and socializing. 


How does it work?

Participants earn eight points for their team every time they report a commute by the following modes:

  • Carpool.
  • Vanpool.
  • Bus.
  • Bicycle.
  • Walk.
  • Telecommute.

Any alternative transportation trips made on Ozone Alert Days earn double points!

The only trips eligible for double points are to be logged on the day that high levels of ozone pollutants are expected. Watch for MARC News Releases to know what days are predicted to be ozone alert days. Participants will be able to log trips later in the week for that day but they won’t be doubled. (Participants are expected to be accurate and honest in reporting their alternative transportation trips.)