Commuter Options Program
Orange County Commuter Options (OCCO) helps you get to work without driving in alone, from public transportation to telework, we have you covered!
Got questions about finding a better way to work? Orange County’s TDM Coordinator is available to help you find your best option.
Brandi Beeker, TDM Coordinator
The session is free, and all are welcome.
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Major changes in daily activities – such as commute habits, how we engage with colleagues, community interaction – remain a daily stressor that can impact mental health and productivity. Employees are identifying the need for continued or increased support as pre-pandemic habits, schedules, and isolation drags on.
Annie Schmidt, Executive Director of The National Alliance of Mental Illness of Wake County (NAMI) will discuss the psychological stress on the workforce.
This session will be beneficial and identify resources available for:
- supervisors, managers, and organization leaders
- essential & frontline workers
- employees working from home
- community leadership & counselors
The MISSION IMPOSSIBLE series is a quick 60 minute discussion with experts on topics you want to know more about. Join us for practical lessons to provide direct access to industry and technical experts. Have a question to ask? What better way to address it than in an open discussion with subject matter experts and your peers for the most productive 60 minutes of your day.
Personalized Trip Planning
We'll work with you one-on-one to find your best way to get where you need to be, whether that be by bus, carpool, vanpool, or biking/walking. Contact the Orange County TDM Coordinator, Brandi Beeker, 919-530-9137 to explore your commute options.
Emergency Ride Home (ERH)
If you or a family member gets sick or has a severe crisis on a day that you used a carpool, vanpool, or bike/walk to get to work, we'll send a taxi to pick you up. The ride is free, but you're responsible for tipping your driver.
When you register for the ERH program, you will be able to schedule an Emergency Ride Home trip using a taxi. You may use the service twice in a given month, up to six times per calendar year. Full, detailed instructions for the service will be provided once you register. You must work for a registered employer to take more than one emergency ride home. Students do not qualify for this program. You will be responsible only for the taxi driver's tip.
To qualify for ERH, you must be a part- or full-time employee that works or lives in Durham, Orange, or Wake county and have shared a ride, taken the bus, bike, or walked to work on the day the ride is needed. In addition to getting you home if you or an immediate family member is sick, ERH can also be used if your carpool driver has to unexpectedly leave early or stay late, or you must work unscheduled overtime that causes you to miss your shared ride or bus trip home. Register for ERH by signing up at ShareTheRideNC.org. For full details, visit GoTriangle.org/ERH.
Share the Ride NC (STRNC) is a statewide website that was created to help form carpools and vanpools. It is provided free of charge in support of the effort to improve air quality. In addition to providing rideshare matching services such as carpool and vanpool options, STRNC houses the free Emergency Ride Home program, the Commute Calendar tool, Single Trip Matching tool, and the GoPerks incentive program. Visit sharetheridenc.org to learn more.
Get rewarded for your Go! Track your trips by bus, bike, walk, carpool, or van to get points you can use for $5 gift cards and other cool prizes. Visit gotriangle.org/goperks for details.
Telework Trips are Eligible for GoPerks!
In terms of savings, the best commute really is no commute, and GoTriangle just made telework even more beneficial-- tracked telework trips are now eligible for GoPerks prize drawings.
Register at STRNC.org and use the commute calendar to get points you can use to enter drawings for GoPerks prizes. Track your December travel activity before the next GoPerks drawing on March 5, 2021.
Orange County Telework Policy and Agreement:
(For Orange County Employees Only)
North Carolina Telework Toolkit
(Information on how to start a telework program within your organization)
Bike Month in Review:
Bike Boom Amid COVID-19
Despite the stay-at-home orders, and also because of them, May 2020 was a National Bike Month like none other. Biking surged in popularity as people sought ways to get out of their homes while following social distancing protocols. Parks and greenways saw record traffic, and empty streets invited even more people to get outside for a ride. Bike shops in Chapel Hill/Carrboro and around the country were overwhelmed with the demand, not only for new equipment, but also for repairs and tune-ups to make “forgotten” bikes ready to ride.... more.
Visit http://gochapelhill.org/ for more Bike Month events this month.
Orange County Public Transportation
Transportation Management Plan: Southern Orange County Government Services Campus