Curb the Congestion program expands to I-405

Curb-logo-2012People who drive on I-405 between I-5 and Highway 522 are now eligible to receive personal assistance and financial incentives to reduce their drive-alone trips.

This corridor is the latest congested roadway to be added to the Curb the Congestion program, which has helped nearly 3,650 people remove 375,000 drive-alone trips since 2008. Curb the Congestion is a program to reduce traffic and encourage healthy travel options on congested roadways.

Single-occupant drivers who travel on this stretch of I-405 for work or personal trips will have the chance to earn a $50 incentive for up to three months if they try a different travel mode at least eight weekdays a month. The travel alternatives could be taking the bus, carpooling, vanpooling, bicycling or walking. If participants keep logging their alternate commute trips after the initial three months, they are entered into monthly drawings for $150 gift cards.

A Curb the Congestion Specialist can provide one-on-one assistance about the commute alternatives, including instructions on how to use the bus or join a vanpool.

With just that little bit of encouragement, the program has helped reduce traffic on several of Snohomish County’s most congested roads, alleviating the need for expensive road expansions.

Curb the Congestion is operated by Community Transit with funding by Snohomish County. The new corridor is being funded by King County as part of the In Motion I-405 program. People interested in participating can learn more at www.communitytransit.org/CurbIt.

New Commute Calendar

Participants track their alternative trips on a Commute Calendar. Curb the Congestion recently moved the online trip logging tool to a new calendar on www.RideshareOnline.com, a statewide ride-matching and trip tracking system. Use of the statewide calendar will make it possible for participants to log their trips in one location for Curb the Congestion and other regional and state incentive campaigns.

Curb the Congestion has won several regional and national awards, including the 2012 Vision 2040 Award from the Puget Sound Regional Council, the 2011 Association for Commuter Transportation Marketing and Outreach: Partnership Award and the 2010 Governor’s Commute Smart Award.

Curb the Congestion currently serves five corridors in Snohomish and King counties:

  • 164th Street SW/SE (between Lynnwood and Mill Creek)
  • 196th Street (between Edmonds and I-5)
  • Bothell-Everett Highway (between 128th Street and downtown Bothell)
  • I-405 (between I-5 and Hwy 522)
  • 128th Street (between Everett and Mill Creek)

 

Community Transit is responsible for providing transportation options for Snohomish County residents, including bus and paratransit service, vanpool and ridesharing options. Call Community Transit at 425-353-RIDE or 800-562-1375 for bus information, or 888-814-1300 for carpool or vanpool information, or go to www.communitytransit.org.

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