Totem Lake Residents and Businesses Can Reap Rewards for Green Commuting
Online incentive program now available
Commuting to work just got a little greener for residents, employees and employers in Totem Lake. Starting today, the City of Kirkland’s Totem Lake Green Trip, a new online commute incentive program that provides rewards and travel assistance to commuters who try an alternative to driving alone. Commuters who would like to participate in Totem Lake Green Trip can sign up at www.totemlakegreentrip.com . The website also provides access to a variety of travel resources such as vanpool and carpool partner matching, a transit trip planner, commute cost calculator and more.
“The goal of the program is to decrease the number of cars that are commuting in and around Totem Lake and to inform employees, employers and residents of the commute resources that are available to them,” states Thang Nguyen, transportation engineer for the City of Kirkland. “This will help reduce congestion and green house gas emissions that affect our community.” The pilot program is funded through a federal air quality improvement grant.
The Totem Lake Green Trip program offers Totem Lake residents and employees the following incentives for trying a greener commute such as riding the bus, carpooling, vanpooling, biking or walking to work:
- $50 Green Beginnings Reward – Participants receive a $50 gift card after logging 40 alternative commutes, including any combination of bus, bike, carpool, vanpool or walking.
- $25 Keep It Green Reward – Participants who log 20 “green” trips within one month are eligible to receive a $25 gift card (limited to one card per month).
- Free Transit Pass – Participants who do not currently use the bus can receive a free one-month bus pass to give transit a try.
- Information on promotional incentives through King County WheelOptions and others will be available through the www.totemlakegreentrip.com website.
Employers in Totem Lake can also participate in Totem Lake Green Trip through an employer grant program and free consultation services to help companies develop and implement an alternative commute program for their employees.