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Metro's Regional Travel Options program creates vibrant neighborhoods by creating more opportunities to walk, bike, share a ride and take transit.
Creating healthy, vibrant neighborhoods
Metro's Regional Travel Options program creates healthy, vibrant neighborhoods by:
- improving the quality of the air we breathe
- reducing car traffic
- creating more opportunities for walking, biking, taking transit and carpooling, which saves families money
- making the most of our transportation investments by promoting their use.
Tools and resources
- Explore tools to help you walk, bike, carpool and take transit.Go
- Visit Drive Less Save More for tips and tools to help you drive less.Go
Based on a recent two-year evaluation, the Regional Travel Options program:
- helped families save 4 million gallons of gas, which is more than six Olympic-size swimming pools, saving $16.1 million in fuel, tires and maintenance.
- reduced 83 million vehicle miles annually, which is equal to 174 round trips to the moon
- reduced 13,000 daily commute trips
- removed pollutants including 18,600 metric tons of carbon dioxide annually from the region's air, which is like planting 13,000 acres of Douglas-fir trees or two and a half Forest Parks.
Ensuring tax dollars are spent effectively
The program works closely with businesses, local organizations and public agencies to ensure tax dollars are spent wisely to offer residents ways to get around without a car, which eases congestion and helps keep our air clean.
The program is guided by a five-year strategic plan, developed with stakeholders, and is funded primarily by grants from the U.S. Department of Transportation.
The Regional Travel Options program includes:
- a coordinated marketing effort to efficiently use public dollars to reach key audiences
- an employer outreach program to save employers and employees money
- a regional rideshare program that makes carpooling safer and easier and helps people with limited transit access have options to get around
- a grant program that funds partner efforts, such as the BTA Bike Commute Challenge, TMA's work with employers, local transportation options projects, TriMet's regional trip planner and Sunday Parkways, to name a few.
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