“Thank you so much! We love Island County and we love Island Transit! I have been in vanpools for ten years now and I think the program is terrific! And to have Island County support it as well in this way is really cool!” - Bob O’Brien, February CTR Winner
The 2011 Community Trip Reduction Incentive program has come to a close. Over 30 of our Island County residents won a $50 cash card that was used at an Island County merchant of choice.
We are happy to report that we were very successful in meeting our goals. In fact the results significantly reduced the amount of gasoline used, reduced our carbon emissions and put A LOT of money back in our pockets!
- Number of users registered on www.rideshareonline.com grew from 517 to 989. That is just 11 people shy of our 1000 user goal.
- Reported gallons of gasoline saved was 6,448 gallons in 2010 and 81,552 gallons in 2011
- Carbon emissions reduction of 1,566,543 lbs or 710 metric Tons in 2011
- Total money Saved $579,882 in 2011
- Total Trips logged for 2011
- Bike Trips; 2213
- Bus Trips; 13,086
- Carpool Trips; 4,725
- Vanpool Trips; 5,980
- Walk Trips; 2,885
Donna Keeler, Island County’s Regional Transportation Planner, manages the Community Trip Reduction Program for Island County Community and Government Operations. For Island County employees there are a total of 68 users who together saved 31,259 gallons of gasoline and $233,495 in 2011.
Maribeth Crandell, Environmental Education for the City of Oak Harbor, was instrumental in engaging the employees at the City of Oak Harbor. There are 9 “users” on the Oak Harbor City staff who together saved 3,847 pounds of carbon. Maribeth also organized a Bike to Work Challenge last May (sponsored by the Cascade Bicycle Club) and recruited help to bring this Whidbey Island wide. A bike group of Navy Air Traffic Controllers from the Naval Air Base in Oak Harbor won a first place prize for getting the most new riders on their team and for the most trips logged. We had several other teams across the Island participate in last May’s event.
Connie Connolly is the Employee Trip Coordinator for Whidbey General Hospital (WGH). She, together with the Whidbey General Hospital Green Team, rolled out a successful trip reduction program in 2011. WGH has 52 users who together saved 4,380 gallons of gasoline for a savings of $27,827.
The Town of Coupeville got special recognition from the Washington State Department of Transportation (DOT) for a successful first year with their Community Trip Reduction program. The WA State DOT is especially interested in our programs here in Island County because they are voluntary, not mandated by the state as they are in many other Counties across the state. This program, managed by Cathy d’Almeida, officially launched in August of 2010 with 161 new www.rideshareonline.com users who recorded alternative trips that resulted in 39,493 gallons of gasoline saved, 756,950 lbs of CO2 reduced and $281,644 saved.
Based on the successful results of 2011 we are excited to continue this program into 2012. We are in search of new partners and funding sources for incentives to keep the program interesting! If you would like to participate in helping us grow this program please contact;