Arlington, Texas –The region’s alternative-commute and ride-matching website has a new look. The North Central Texas Council of Governments recently relaunched TryParkingIt.com, which for almost 10 years has allowed users to track alternatives to driving alone and see how much money and emissions they can save by making a transportation choice that lessens congestion.
Options include carpooling, transit, bicycling, walking, working from home and more.
The new version still allows the users to track their savings and find ride matches, but introduces rewards such as discounts and contests designed to inspire greater participation in the program. Prizes and merchandise discounts are donated by G.R.E.E.N. Partners. Companies and other providers participating as partners benefit by receiving recognition on the Try Parking It website and other NCTCOG platforms, expanding their customer bases and motivating commuters to try alternatives to driving alone.
Users will be awarded points each time they enter an alternative commute. The points can be used to enter contests, or redeemed for giveaways, store discounts and more.
All users who register on the site by Feb. 5 will be entered to win four tickets and a parking pass to a Dallas Mavericks game.
While the enhancements make the site more interactive and user-friendly, improving air quality and reducing traffic congestion remain the priorities. In addition to keeping track of the money and miles saved by alternative commutes, users can see how many pounds of greenhouse gases they have saved.
Another feature of the updated site is the multimodal trip logging. Previously, TryParkingIt.com allowed only one commuting method to be entered for each trip. The updated site will take into account the reality that people may get to work using multiple options.
For example, if a commuter wants to ride her bike to work, but lives too far from the office, she may choose to ride to the nearby rail station and take the train the rest of the way, continuing on her bike when she reaches the station nearest her workplace. She can now enter her entire trip on the site.
With the new website, North Texans who want to try alternative commutes can also select mentors to help them navigate the transit system or safely walk or bicycle to work. These options can be intimidating for people who have not tried them before, and it helps to be paired with experienced alternative commuters. Additionally, people wishing to serve as mentor to less-experienced commuters can volunteer and be matched with commuting partners.
The relaunched site also offers a mobile version, which allows users to easily record their commutes and find ride matches on the go, using their phones or tablets.
While individual commuters are a major focus of the site, employers play a significant role in reducing traffic congestion. Area companies can learn about NCTCOG’s Employer Trip Reduction Program, a free educational program developed to reduce employee commute trips through strategies such as carpooling, vanpooling, transit, telecommuting, flexible work-hour programs, bicycling and walking.
Log on to TryParkingIt.com today to learn about all the site’s features and start saving.
About the North Central Texas Council of Governments:
NCTCOG is a voluntary association of local governments established in 1966 to assist local governments in planning for common needs, cooperating for mutual benefit and coordinating for sound regional development. NCTCOG's purpose is to strengthen both the individual and collective power of local governments and to help them recognize regional opportunities, eliminate unnecessary duplication and make joint decisions.
NCTCOG serves a 16-county region of North Central Texas, which is centered on the two urban centers of Dallas and Fort Worth. Currently, NCTCOG has 238 member governments including
16 counties, 169 cities, 22 school districts and 31 special districts. For more information on the
NCTCOG Transportation Department, visit www.nctcog.org/trans.
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