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This April is Ride Transit Month and we are encouraging those who have not used transit before to Try Transit On Us and Report Back on your Ride. To help you get started, we are offering preloaded $25 ORCA cards to the first 100 new transit riders* to apply. Whether you want to commute to the office, ride to the Bellevue Collection for shopping and dining, bus to Seattle for a Mariners game or if you want to try the Sound Transit 560 or light rail to the airport, we have your first trips covered.

What are you waiting for? You can register between March 8th and April 7th here for your preloaded $25 ORCA card. We will then review your application and if approved, we will send you an ORCA card within seven business days.

After you try it on us, earn another $25 towards your transit trips and even another chance at a $50 iTunes gift card! There are so many perks to trying transit this spring!

  • Share an image with us from your transit travels, along with a short story by emailing info@cywb.org by May 7th.
  • Log at least four transit trips during the month of April on the Choose Your Way Bellevue trip-logging calendar system to be eligible for Transportation Choices Coalition’s Ride Transit Promotion Ride Transit Promotion, a $500 Amex gift card**! If you want a chance to win even more prizes you can also log your trips directly in the Ride Transit Month promotion, but be sure to continue logging in Choose Your Way Bellevue too. Be sure to log your April trips by May 7th.
  • By logging your trips in Choose Your Way Bellevue you’ll also be entered into the Choose Your Way Bellevue monthly drawings.

Complete the above and we will send you a $25 voucher to reload your ORCA card to keep it moving! All submissions will also be entered into a drawing for one of five $50 iTunes gift cards to keep you entertained on your bus travels.

For more details and a complete set of rules here.

*New users include any Choose Your Way Bellevue participant who has not used transit in the past 90 days, is not eligible for an employer ORCA Passport benefit, and has not received an ORCA card from a past Choose Your Way Bellevue, On The Move Bellevue or Downtown Bellevue on the Move promotion or campaign.

Limit two per household and one per email address.

**This post was updated on April 6, 2016, with the correct grand prize.

Wednesday, March 9th, 2016 10:30 PM | by Jason Hampton | Comments (2)

If you’re like me, you love seeing how you’re stacking up in savings. When it comes to my commute, it doesn’t make me happier to know that I saved more than $400 in a month from not driving my car alone. Logging my trips on the Choose Your Way Bellevue network (or RideshareOnline.com for some of you) has been a great tool for me to see how much I’m saving in gas and cash and see my impact on the environment through CO2 savings. Not to mention those trips add up to more than good data. Logging trips on the calendar could qualify someone for a monthly Perk, entrance into a drawing or a reward.

Whether you’re already in the program but haven’t started logging or haven’t signed up yet, here is a quick glimpse of the Choose Your Way Bellevue calendar and how to log a trip. (Click to make it bigger!)

How to log a trip!

It couldn’t be simpler. But if some issues occur, Choose Your Way Bellevue staff are just an email or phone call (425-283-1357) away to help you. What do you look forward to when you log trips?

–Choose Your Way Bellevue staffer Geri

Thursday, January 28th, 2016 2:30 AM | by geri | Comments (2)

Choose Your Way Bellevue had a terrific year because of your travel choices!

From the bottom of our hearts, thank you. Your decisions to incorporate transportation alternatives to your weekly routine is paying off. Bellevue is experiencing real benefits to our environment (and our commuters’ pocket books!). Check out the numbers below logged by Bellevue workers, residents and students in their RideshareOnline.com calendars:

  • You logged 8.8 million miles traveled without driving alone in a car.
  • You kept 4.9 million lbs of carbon dioxide from escaping into the atmosphere.
  • You saved, in sum $1.9 million in auto-related expenses like fuel and wear and tear on your vehicle by taking drive-alone alternatives.
  • Of the nearly 700,000 trips you took in 2015, the most popular mode was by far on transit, followed closely by carpooling.
Choose Your Way Bellevue 2015 Trips

Choose Your Way Bellevue 2015 Trips

If your New Year’s Resolution is to save money, reduce your travel and financial stress or help the environment by reducing your carbon emissions, Choose Your Way Bellevue is here to help you make the travel choice that is right for you.

Fill out a quick trip planning inquiry and our staff will create a customized plan just for you – whether it’s via transit, bike or help finding a carpool or vanpool partner, we’re here for you.

Thanks for a great 2015, and here’s to a 2016 with full vanpools, happy transit riders and healthy choices by foot and by bike!

-Choose Your Way Bellevue staffer Augusta

Friday, January 8th, 2016 5:37 PM | by augusta | Add a Comment

We know it can be a little daunting finding a person to share the ride with. Did you know you can actually search for ride matches through On The Move Bellevue? Several ride match searches are conducted every day with about 40,000 ride match searches conducted in the year so far. More than 80 percent of searches have generated at least one result. If you’re looking for a ride match partner here’s how to start a ride match inquiry. If you have any questions feel free to email Choose Your Way Bellevue.

 

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Friday, December 11th, 2015 12:58 AM | by geri | Add a Comment
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Photo by Mike Penney

Magic Season is here once again bringing residents and visitors together for six weeks of special holiday events! Warm yourself up with a hot cocoa while enjoying the ice arena, Garden D’Lights, local dining and shopping! Avoid the delays of traffic and the hassle of trying to find parking by following our transportation tips to help you find alternative ways for your commute while enjoying the holidays.

What’s more, Choose Your Way Bellevue will be at the Bellevue Downtown Association Magic Season Ice Arena presented by Alaska Airlines Visa Signature® card from 3 to 9 p.m. Monday Dec. 14. Stop by our table to say hello, spin our prize wheel and learn more about getting around town during this busy season.

In addition we’ll be giving away free ice skating tickets on social media. us on Facebook and Instagram to participate in our Magic Season ticket giveaway. What exactly do you have to do? There will be multiple opportunities and chances for you to be entered into the drawingand here’s how:

  • We will post a weekly trivia question on Facebook or Instagramand if you answer correctly you will be entered to win.
  • Tag @chooseurwaybell on Instagram showing us how you’re commuting to work (if you are a carpool or vanpool driver, make sure you are parked before you snap a photo!)
  • Guess where we are! We’ll post a picture, and tell us where we are in Bellevue to be entered to win.

Three fun and easy ways to be entered to win ice arena tickets while learning about your different travel options during the holiday season. We hope to see you around Downtown Bellevue these next few weeks. Be on the lookout for our social media updates! The first trivia question will be on Monday, December 7!

Magic Season Commuting and Transportation Tips

Ride the Bus: More than 20 King County Metro and Sound Transit bus routes travel through the Bellevue Transit Center. You can park your car at a park-and-ride lot such as South Bellevue, Eastgate or South Kirkland and hop on a bus the rest of the way. Visit tripplanner.kingcounty.gov to plan your trip.

Try the B Line: King County Metro’s RapidRide B Line goes from the Redmond Transit Center through Overlake, Crossroads and several stops along NE 8th Street to the Bellevue Transit Center.

Bring Friends: Carpooling can save you time when you take high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes on I-90 and east of Lake Washington on SR 520. The I-405 Express Toll Lanes can make a short trip to Downtown Bellevue. With a group of two or more in those off-peak times you can avoid the toll with a GoodToGo FlexPass. You need three or more to drive in the express toll lanes for free during peak hours. Three or more in your carpool is required for using the HOV lanes on SR 520. The HOV direct access ramp at NE 6th Street will get you into Downtown faster. Find out more at goodtogo405.com.

Photo by Mike Penney

Photo by Mike Penney

Park near the Park: Parking is available at the Bellevue Downtown Park if you are heading to the Bellevue Downtown Association’s Magic Season Ice Arena presented by Alaska Airlines Visa Signature® card. Doing a little shopping in Old Bellevue? Two-hour, limited on-street parking is available around Old Bellevue and on Main Street.

Download These Mobile Apps to Help You Get Around:

One Bus Away: Take the bus and save money— for more holiday shopping! Download the app for iPhone, Android and Windows phones to access up to date bus arrivals times so you aren’t running or waiting for the next Metro or Sound Transit bus.

Waze: Is the community-based app where you can share with fellow driver’s real-time traffic alerts and road information in your area, helping to save you time and money.

Inrix Traffic or WSDOT: Both of these apps will keep you up to date with instant traffic and travel alerts in and around the Eastside. Be sure to download either of these apps and save yourself some time by avoiding backups! InrixTraffic.com and WSDOT.gov.

Other apps to try: These multimodal real-time trip planning app such as Google Maps, The Transit App, Ridescout, or King County Metro’s Trip Planner app can also tell you the time, duration and cost of your trip using various modes such as transit, walking, cycling, and driving.

And as always – if you need any assistance planning your trip, feel free to contact Choose Your Way Bellevue or fill out a commute inquiry.

Friday, December 4th, 2015 10:41 PM | by admin | Add a Comment

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