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2022 CTRIDES’ DRIVE LESS CONNECTICUT CHALLENGE: MAY 1 – MAY 31

Drive Less and Travel Greener to Fight Climate Change

This May, CTrides, the commuter service program of the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT), is conducting the Drive Less Connecticut Challenge (“Challenge”), a month-long effort to call attention to the need to cut down on harmful greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the use of private vehicles, a major factor causing Climate Change. CTrides is challenging residents, employees, and students throughout the State to pitch in to drive a little less by using Connecticut’s extensive system of trains and buses, or to carpool, vanpool, walk, bike or telecommute. The goals of the Challenge include preventing over a half a million pounds of GHG emissions and eliminating 25,000 car trips. Information about the Challenge is available at CTrides.com/DLC.

Connecticut has a climate goal of a 45% GHG reduction by 2030 and of 80% by 2050. Transportation accounts for the largest share of GHG emissions in the state, 38%, and accounts for 67% of the air pollution. Without the help of those who work and live in the state to cut down on driving whenever possible, Connecticut may fail to meet its targets and weaken efforts to fight Climate Change.

The Challenge is easy to join. Just download the CTrides app or go to CTrides.com/DLC, to set up a free account and start recording trips on any non-solo vehicle trip. The CTrides app offers a trip planner that gives you travel options to your destinations. Everyone who joins the Challenge will get entries into the drawing for valuable prizes. Every time you record a trip on an eligible mode, you get an entry into the drawing. And anyone setting up a new account in May will get 5,000 bonus points that can be used for food, entertainment and retail discounts.

The CTrides app and the CTrides website at CTrides.com/DLC provides full information on the DLC Challenge. It also tracks the progress of the impacts everyone is making during May to meet the Challenge’s goals. Participants will receive an email each week that details the contribution they are making to meeting these goals. Prize winners will be chosen in a random drawing at the end of the Challenge. The final results will be published shortly thereafter.