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  • TRP News: Small steps to reduce air pollution add up

    Driving passenger vehicles is the single largest contributor of air pollution in Pima County. The best thing we can do to help keep air healthy to breathe is drive less. Sounds easy enough, and important enough, but still 82.2 percent of Pima County employee commute trips are completed by driving alone in personal vehicles (2018 PAG TRP Employee Survey). Ouch!

    Imagine 2019 is the year. Imagine it is the year more people try transit. More carpool buddies find each other. More people ride their bikes or walk to work. And, it isn’t an all-or-nothing situation. Using alternate modes to replace drive-alone car rides is ideal, but you can always drive when you need or want to. traffic

    People new to alternate modes of transportation can take a few small steps to get things rolling. 

    STEP 1: Take a minute to imagine what it would be like to ride a bus, meet a potential carpool buddy or ride a bike or walk to work. Set a goal to try an alternate mode of choice once in January.

    STEP 2: Figure out the best travel option that fits with your work location, home location, work schedule, and other obligations you have. Are there any reasonable transit options? See if there are any potential carpoolers with whom you could connect on Sun Rideshare. Is biking or walking an option?

    STEP 3: Make your connections to have all the information you need to make a wise choice. 
    • Transit: Go on-line or phone Sun Tran at 792-9222 if you have questions about routes, bus stop or Park & Ride lot locations, times, fares, etc.
    • Carpool: Once you pick a carpool buddy, start an email conversation, arrange to meet or have a phone conversation to work out details. Be clear that this is a trial just to see if it could work more permanently. 
    • Biking: Figure out a bike route that you’re comfortable with. How many miles will your ride be? Is it along a route where you can avoid major traffic and big hills? Ask a Bike Buddy if you would like help. 
    STEP 4: Schedule your alt mode travel for a particular day and try it. Give yourself extra time at the beginning and end of your commute to reduce added stress. Not sure if you like it or not? Try it again! As you try it more, you will likely feel more confident in this form of travel. And, if it doesn’t work for you for whatever reason, at least you can say you tried it.

    Added together with all other Pima County employees, these small and important steps can lead to great strides in working towards securing healthy air. 

    NOTE: If you need help getting started or figuring out your options, contact Karen.Wilhelmsen@pima.gov with PDEQ’s Clean Air Program and Travel Reduction Program for Pima County employees.

    Travel Reduction Resources for Pima County Employees

    Visit the Travel Reduction Program intranet site for information on our Guaranteed Ride Home Program, transit, bike, walk, and carpool/vanpool resources and info on commuter contests

    Sign up with Karen.Wilhelmsen@pima.gov to be on a transit, bike or carpool list serve. Sign up for Pima County Employee Commute Trips & Tips Facebook group.
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