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City’s GO Santa Cruz Program Reports Strong Response from Downtown Employees

Innovative Program Offers Alternative Transportation Commute Options

Post Date:10/28/2019 12:15 PM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  

Oct. 28, 2019

 

Contacts:

Claire Fliesler, Transportation Planner, (831) 420-5107

Janice Bisgaard, Community Relations Specialist, (831) 420-5166

 

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. — The City of Santa Cruz today shared initial data from its expanded GO Santa Cruz program that aims to provide downtown employees with commute alternatives to single-occupant car trips. Since the program’s Oct. 1 launch:

  • 660 of 4,000 downtown employees (16.5 percent) have registered through the online portal for the program.
  • 429 free METRO transit passes have been requested.
  • 148 JUMP bike discount benefits have been requested.
  • 78 BikeLink bike locker cards have been requested.

"We are excited to see so many Downtown Santa Cruz employees taking advantage of the benefits of the program and utilizing alternative methods to commute to work,” said City of Santa Cruz Transportation Planner Claire Fliesler. “We expect to see engagement continue to increase as more people become aware of the variety of incentives offered and how easy it is to get started."

In addition to free transit passes, free bike locker cards and discounted JUMP bike memberships, the GO Santa Cruz program offers bike safety trainings, carpool incentives, and carpool ride matching and commute information.

The program is part of the City’s ongoing effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and play an active role in addressing climate change. The City is a national leader in reducing single-occupant car trips and has achieved the second highest rate of bike commuting in the U.S. Since its launch, GO Santa Cruz program data indicates:

  • 990 trips logged using biking, walking, transit, or carpool.
  • 3,092 non-auto miles logged.
  • CO2 savings of 879,752 grams from logged trips.

More information is available at cityofsantacruz.com/GoSantaCruz.

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