This issue includes:
- Maryland Green Registry: The Commuter Choice Challenge
- April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month
- Happy Earth Day!
- Spotlight: Frederick County Transit Shuttle Service Expansion
- Spotlight: Montgomery County Bus Rapid Transit and Walking Wednesdays
- 2022 Maryland Commuter Survey Results
- Spring into Tax Savings with the Maryland Commuter Tax Credit
- Commuter Choice Maryland Employer Partner Program
- incenTrip Mobile Application
- Upcoming Events
Maryland Green Registry:
The Commuter Choice Challenge
If your company is a Maryland Department of the Environment Maryland Green Registry member, we have great news for you! The Commuter Choice Challenge is open! Enter
by June 1, 2023, for your chance to win great prizes!
If your organization promotes commuter options; offers pre-tax or subsidized benefits; or takes other actions to support employees who walk, bike, scooter, use transit, carpool, vanpool, or telework; share your impactful efforts to be entered into the prize drawing by clicking the button
Not yet a Maryland Green Registry Member? Joining is free and easy! Register today on the Maryland Green Registry website here.
April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month
The Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration’s (MDOT MVA) Highway Safety Office is joining the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in
partnering with state and local law enforcement to encourage motorists to Be the Focused Driver and only focus on the task at hand – driving. Each year, distracted driving contributes to an average of more than 24,000 injuries and 200 fatalities on Maryland roads.
While phone use is a leading cause of distracted driving, there are other interruptions that can be
just as harmful, such as eating, applying makeup, changing the radio station or tending to other passengers. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, sending or reading a text takes your eyes off the road for five seconds. When driving 55 mph, those five seconds equate to traveling the length of a football field with your eyes closed.
Learn more about MDOT MVA’s Highway Safety Office’s commitment to zero deaths on Maryland roadways here.
This year, Earth Day will be celebrated on April 22, 2023, which is a great time to remember all the ways you can make your commute a little "greener"
To learn more about Commuter Choice Maryland and all the ways to make your commute a little greener, click on the button below.
Spotlight: Frederick County Transit Shuttle Service Expansion
Transit Expands Shuttle Service on Routes to Emmitsburg/ Thurmont and Brunswick/Jefferson
Those living in Brunswick, Emmitsburg, Jefferson, and Thurmont soon will have more access to Frederick County Transit’s award-winning service, including round-trip shuttles on Saturdays, thanks to a pilot program that launched Saturday, April 1, 2023. Transit Services are focused on improving the customer experience, regardless of where a rider boards, and is identifying improvements to bus stops and transfer facilities throughout Frederick
Read more about the pilot program here and visit the Transit Services website for service information, updates, and schedules.
Spotlight: Montgomery County
Bus Rapid Transit and Walking Wednesdays
Bus Rapid Transit
The Flash bus service is a high-capacity system that delivers fast, comfortable, reliable transit service that currently operates in the US 29 corridor in Montgomery County. Features include free WiFi access; USB ports; and level onboarding for bikes, strollers, and wheelchairs; among other things. The Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) is working to expand the Flash service to several additional corridors within
the county. For more information about current and future routes, to provide input, and to get updates, click here.
As part of the MCDOT Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program to support children walking and biking to school, the Pedestrian Safety team leads the Walking Wednesdays program. Every Wednesday throughout the school year, MCDOT’s
SRTS team will visit schools to conduct a two-hour walking audit, as well as distribute educational materials and safety giveaways to students. Zeal, the safety mascot zebra, is on hand to greet the students to support pedestrian and bicycle safety.
2022 Maryland Commuter Survey Results
The Maryland Commuter Survey (MCS) is a new survey of adult workers in Maryland designed to measure annual trends in commuting and remote work.
The 2022 MCS provides a baseline understanding of commuting rates and patterns as Maryland exits the COVID-19 pandemic. Future iterations will evaluate how Marylanders are returning to in-person work, relationships between where commuters work and live, and post-COVID transportation choices.
Check out the fact sheet and final report here.
Spring into Tax Savings with the Maryland Commuter Tax Credit
Tax Day is approaching quickly (April 18, 2023). There's still time for your business to file for the 2022 Maryland Commuter Tax Credit.
Businesses in Maryland can save 50% of their costs (up to $1,200 per employee, per year) when they offer employees commuter benefits.
Learn more and get started by clicking the button below.
Commuter Choice Maryland
Employer Partner Program
The Commuter Choice Maryland Employer Partner Program recognizes organizations for their leadership in offering transportation benefits and creative commuter incentives to
their employees. These efforts help reduce congestion, conserve energy, protect the environment and improve the quality of life of all Marylanders.
The application takes less than 10 minutes and, once approved, you start reaping the benefits immediately! All Maryland businesses and agencies are eligible to apply.
Click the button below to learn more and apply today.
incenTrip Mobile Application
St. Patrick's Day may be over for 2023, but you are in luck!
If you are tired of sitting in traffic, ditch the highways and plan your commute using incenTrip and earn rewards when you take transit, bike, walk, or drive with others in the HOV lane!
Download incenTrip for free in your app store and start winning on your commute today! To learn more
about all the benefits and features incenTrip has to offer, click here.
And remember, if you are enjoying the incenTrip app, please leave a review!
For more information on Commuter Choice Maryland, please contact us at 410-865-1100 or email [email protected]. Representatives are available to assist Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Visit our website at: www.commuterchoicemaryland.com.
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