December 2019 CTR Newsletter

December 2019 |  Commute Trip Reduction Newsletter

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May your days be merry and bright

Happy Holidays!

Wishing you a happy holidays from us at Community Transit. Check out our Holiday Video!

Evan Auerbach Smart Commuter Q3 2019

Smart Commuter - 3rd Quarter: Evan Auerbach

Evan Auerbach chooses to ride his bike to work at Premera Blue Cross, and has been doing so for almost 7 years.  Evan says, "I chose to start biking to work because I wanted to reduce my carbon footprint.  I bike year-round regardless of the weather and encourage my coworkers to use smart transportation options."

Congratulations, Evan!  See our Smart Commuter page here.

Smart Commuter Rewards is a quarterly incentive program that helps large businesses motivate employees to reduce their drive-alone trips and vehicle miles traveled.

 How to participate: Employees at Community Transit CTR sites in Snohomish County or Bothell who log at least 16 days of non-drive alone trips per month on are eligible for Smart Commuter of the Quarter and the $250 prize.  At the end of each quarter, those who are eligible will receive an email from Community Transit to complete their official self-nomination form.

Thank you!

We would like to thank you all for another exciting year.  We appreciate the hard work you put in to your programs, the information you provide in your quarterly reports, the time you put into your training hours, and your feedback to help us improve our CTR program.  The list goes on!

Looking Forward to 2020

We are looking forward to another successful year supporting you and your programs, as well as working with you to come up with new and exciting ideas!

Please take some time to review the upcoming year.  What are your goals as an ETC in 2020?  What are your goals to reduce single occupancy vehicles coming to your site?  How are you going to achieve those goals?  How are you going to inspire behavior change? 

Here are a couple resources we put together to help you plan:

2020 CTR Program Planning Worksheet.pdf

2020 Planning Calendar.xlsx

Start planning now and let us know how we can help you reach your goals!

wheel options winners

October's Commute Superhero Wheel Options Winners at Snohomish County CTR sites are...

  • Robert B.; City of Edmonds – walk!
  • Kara B.; Allstate – telework!
  • Matthew D.; Leviton Networks Solutions – walk!
  • Jess G.; Alderwood Water & Wastewater District – Vanpool!
  • Hoa H.; Korry – Vanpool!
  • Eileen H.; Korry – Vanpool!
  • Elena L.; Korry – Vanpool!
  • Timothy S.; Collins Aerospace – carpool!
  • Connie V.; Crane Aerospace – Vanpool!
  • Sarah F.; City of Bothell – walk!

The Commute Superheros above logged 6 days of commute trips in other than driving alone and were selected randomly from all eligible superheroes. They were sent a $50 digital link to claim the reward of their choice.

Shout out to Kelvin - our ETC at Edmonds Community College who won a $50 prize in the general drawing!

To view all winners, see the 2019 winner page here.

ross 40 under 40

40 Under 40 Awards Includes One of Our Own!

Congratulations to Ross Peizer for being acknowledged as one of the 2019 Association for Commuter Transportation 40 Under 40 award recipients at the TDM Forum this past November! These awards recognize leaders who are committed to developing programs that shift behavior and create long-lasting change within their communities and organizations.

ross 40 under 40

Upcoming Trainings and Events

We are planning our 2020 training calendar now and will be in touch in early January with training opportunities. 

In the meantime, you can still watch any of our CTR Recorded Trainings on our ETC Resources Page to earn credit toward your training hours.

The following links are excellent resources for additional recorded transportation webinar content. If you find a webinar in one of the links below that looks interesting to you and would support your program, send us an email and we'll review for content and time to ensure we give you proper credit for your training hours.

Association for Commuter Transportation
Center for Urban Transportation Research
Transportation Research and Education Center  

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Holiday Service Alert

Community Transit will operate limited bus service on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. The transit agency will operate on a Sunday schedule on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

For an overview including Customer Care and Ride Store hours, please visit our site for more information.

Route schedules are available at

holiday bus

ST Connect 2020 Banner

Ten weeks of construction will reduce Link light rail service beginning January 4, 2020. Watch for weekend rail closures with replacement shuttle bus service: the first is Jan 4-5. This construction will build new light rail tracks to connect Seattle to the Eastside. What you need to know: 

  1. Allow for more time
  2. Follow the new signs
  3. Spread out on the train and platform to avoid overcrowding
  4. Allow for priority seating and boarding 
  5. Watch for weekend closures
  6. No bikes at Pioneer Square Station, use protected bicycle lanes on 2nd Ave, S Main Street, and 5th Ave S

Learn more about the overall Connect 2020 project on

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