Transit curious? Tuesday, October 1 marked the beginning of Try Transit Month, a month-long education and outreach campaign to encourage people in the Puget Sound Region to use public transportation. The Pierce County Council and Pierce Transit kicked off the month with a Try Transit proclamation.
In its third year in Tacoma, Try Transit Month is an effort to inspire, reward and incentivize downtown employees and residents to take advantage of the great transit options available from Pierce Transit and Sound Transit. Participants will enjoy all the rewards that come with taking public transportation (more exercise, more time to read or relax, more money in their pockets) and will also be eligible to win some great prizes, including preloaded ORCA cards, Broadway Center for the Performing Arts tickets, IGA gift cards, Zipcar credit, and a grand prize of tickets to the Nov.17 Seahawks game against the Minnesota Vikings.
Try Transit Month organizers are planning several group transit adventures—including a bus “crawl” to popular Tacomanightspots and a family-friendly adventure to Point Defiance Zoo—to help new transit users get on board in Tacoma. Participants can sign up, log trips, recruit friends, share stories, and learn about upcoming events online, using the social transportation service provided by local startup Luum.
Businesses interested in promoting transit ridership can contact Downtown On the Go to hear more about the ORCA Business Passport program which helps businesses save money by offering transit passes at discounted prices.