Learn how to 'SmartCommute'

Information session on alternative transportation is Oct. 3

GoTriangle's annual SmartCommute Challenge is halfway through, but Duke students, faculty and staff still have plenty of time to join the sustainable commute program.

On Oct. 3, the Duke community has the chance to learn how to get involved and cut their carbon footprint during their daily commute.

Brian Williams, Duke's transportation demand management coordinator, will host an information session from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Duke Clinic food court. He'll discuss the myriad of alternative transportation options Duke offers. He'll be joined by GoTriangle's Stephanie Loyka, who will hand out T-shirts, retractable lanyard clips, stress balls and more.

"Duke Parking and Transportation sponsors the SmartCommute Challenge each year because we value choices in how Duke employees and students commute to campus each day," Williams said. "When you don't solely depend on driving your car everywhere, you get time back in your day."

Duke community members can sign up for the SmartCommute Challenge now, which runs until Oct. 15.

The goal of the SmartCommute Challenge is to get Triangle area residents to try an alternative commute by riding a bus, carpooling, vanpooling, teleworking, biking or walking. Duke offers various incentives for community members who use alternative transportation, including, among other perks, up to 24 free parking passes and the GoPass, a free bus pass for students and eligible employees.

Learn more about the SmartCommute Challenge at the program's website.