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Challenge designed to promote sustainable transportation begins Jan. 10

January 7, 2013 -- MSU News Service


As part of the Drive Less-Save More Challenge, employers in the area are encouraging the use of a new ride-sharing program that is designed to save employees money and promote sustainable transportation. More information is available at www.RideShareMT.com. Photo courtesy of Western Transportation Institute.   High-Res Available

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Montana State University's Campus Sustainability Advisory Council, Western Transportation Institute and the City of Bozeman are sponsoring a challenge beginning this month to promote more sustainable transportation choices in the greater Bozeman area.

The Drive Less-Save More Challenge is a friendly competition between businesses, institutions and government agencies that is intended to help reduce times when employees drive alone. The challenge runs from Jan. 10 through Feb. 10.

As part of the initiative, employers in the area are encouraging the use of a new ride-sharing program that is designed to save employees money and promote sustainable transportation. More information is available at www.RideShareMT.com.

"This challenge is ideal for people who travel long distances to get to work but would like to support clean air, save money and reduce fuel use," said Rebecca Gleason, a research engineer at Western Transportation Institute who is the statewide RideShareMT.com administrator. "This is a great way to make a positive impact on both the environment and your pocket book by choosing not to drive alone for some trips."

There are several incentives for participating. MSU Parking Services will reserve special carpool parking spaces for registered carpoolers in three locations throughout the challenge.

In addition, anyone who registers as part of participating organizations on RideShareMT.com through Feb. 10 will be eligible to win prizes through a random drawing. Individuals who carpool at least twice between Jan. 10 and Feb. 10 and log their carpools on RideShareMT.com will be eligible to win a grand prize.

Organizations will be ranked by the percent of employees who sign up on RideShareMT.com. The three companies with the highest percentage of participants signed up will receive a special certificate. All companies who participate will be acknowledged for their contribution to promoting more sustainable transportation.

Individuals interested in participating are invited to learn more at a brown bag lunch, set for Tuesday, Jan. 8, from noon-1 p.m. in the Procrastinator Theater on the MSU campus. More information also is available by visiting www.RideShareMT.com or contacting Gleason at 994-6541.

Contact: Rebecca Gleason, (406) 994-6541 or info@ridesharemt.com