Smart Commute Challenge 2011!

Use anything but driving in a car alone to get to and from work just once before June 1, and you are a participant in the Smart Commute Challenge! Now, all you have to do is register for the Smart Commute Challenge! It is time for prizes, photo contests, challenges and an opportunity to join others in making our community a healthier place to work and play! Sign up for the Smart Commute Challenge today at www.smartcommutechallenge.org. Commit to using something besides driving your car alone just once between now and June 1, and you could win an iPad, gift cards, laptops and other wonderful prizes. All just for using transit, bicycle, rollerblades, carpool, or any other alternative form of transportation.

Workshop on Expanded Bus and Rail Options

Third Round of Workshops on Expanded Bus and Rail Options Begin March 22
Triangle Citizens Invited to Share Feedback Following Evaluation of Transit Corridors

WHAT: The last series of public workshops providing Triangle citizens with an opportunity to share input on the alternative analysis process as part of the Triangle Regional Transit Program (TRTP) will start on March 22. The TRTP includes proposed options for rail and expanded bus service in the region. The series of seven workshops in Wake, Durham and Orange counties will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Note time change: The session scheduled for Monday, March 28, in Raleigh will be from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. The workshops are part of a federally prescribed alternatives analysis required by the Federal Transit Administration.

WHO: Triangle Transit and the region’s two planning organizations and bus service providers are leading the Triangle Regional Transit Program.

WHEN:

Raleigh– Tuesday, March 22
Triangle Town Center, First Floor (Next to Dillard’s)
4 p.m.-7p.m.

Durham– Wednesday, March 23
Durham Station Transportation Center, 515 W. Pettigrew St.
4 p.m.-7 p.m.

Chapel Hill– Thursday, March 24
Friday Center, 100 Friday Center Dr. (Redbud Room)
4 p.m.-7 p.m.

Raleigh– Monday, March 28
Mt. Peace Baptist Church, 1601 MLK Jr. Blvd.
6 p.m.-9 p.m. (NOTE TIME CHANGE)

Cary– Tuesday, March 29
Bond Park Senior Center, 120 Maury O’Dell Pl. off High House Road
4 p.m.-7p.m.

Raleigh– Thursday, March 30
McKimmon Conference Center, NC State University, 1101 Gorman St.
4 p.m.-7 p.m.

Research Triangle Park– Wednesday, March 31
Research Triangle Park Foundation, 6 Davis Dr.
4 p.m.-7p.m.

CONTACT: Ayana Hernandez
Fleishman-Hillard Communications
919-334-3781 or ayana.hernandez@fleishman.com
Brad Schulz
Triangle Transit
919-485-7434 or bschulz@triangletransit.org

**For more information, please visit http://www.ourtransitfuture.com, and interact with the Triangle Regional Transit Program on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/ourtransitfuture and Twitter http://twitter.com/TheTRTP. **
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GoTriangle joins Google Transit!

Planning your transit trips is now available wherever you go.

Google and the GoTriangle family of services are pleased to announce that the Google Transit trip planner (www.google.com/transit) now includes all local transit schedules and routes for the Triangle region. The GoTriangle family of services include Capital Area Transit (CAT), Cary Transit (C-Tran), Chapel Hill Transit (CHT), Durham Area Transit Authority (DATA), North Carolina State University Wolfline, and Triangle Transit.   The addition of GoTriangle trip planning services to Google marks the beginning of the full regional technology program, GoLive, which will also include a regional real-time system and an open-source data warehouse.

In 2003, GoTriangle launched a Transit Trip Planner at gotriangle.org so that transit riders can find a best match for their next trip.  Triangle commuters can enter destination information in “from” and “to” fields from the GoTriangle.org home page. Using all of the local transit schedules, the trip planner calculates the length of time the trip will take and suggests the quickest, most efficient route. Customers can select not only transit but also a combination of biking and walking.

With Google Transit, Triangle visitors and regular transit users can now plan their trips using familiar technology while on the go with Google mobile apps, allowing for searches on smart phones such as the iPhone and Droid.  By utilizing Google search, riders have more options for starting and destination points, making for a smoother trip planning experience and easier integration into a transit-oriented lifestyle.

As part of the GoTriangle’s commitment to openness and providing resources to Triangle commuters, all bus system data will be available as GTFS (General Transit Feed Specification) files. These files will be available late January 2011 on GoTriangle for developers to create useful mobile phone apps.

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About GoTriangle (www.gotriangle.org) — The regional transportation resource, GoTriangle coordinates and promotes the services of local and regional transportation providers with a goal to provide a more seamless transit system for people traveling between cities and counties in the Triangle region. All of the services and information  of GoTriangle are provided through the GoTriangle family of services– Cary’s C-Tran, Durham’s DATA, Raleigh’s CAT, NC State University’s Wolftrails, Chapel Hill Transit, Triangle Transit, local universities and municipalities.

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