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Car Free Day on September 22-Montgomery County Offers Tips on How You Can Participate
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Montgomery County Commuter Services (MCCS) invites residents and employees to join the Washington region in celebrating Car Free Day on Wednesday, September 22.  This annual, worldwide event encourages the public to find alternatives to using cars or reduce the amount of driving that day.  Organizers promote the idea that using transit, biking, and walking – instead of driving – will reduce noise, pollution and stress.

            “People throughout the region are re-evaluating their relationship with the car,” said Montgomery County Department of Transportation Director Art Holmes.  “This is great news for transit and great news for the environment.  I encourage everyone to try transportation alternatives that will help us relieve congestion and the stress of commuting.”

To celebrate Car Free Day, Commuter Services staff will be distributing refreshments, offering prize drawings for valuable coupons from local retailers, and providing transportation option information at several locations throughout the county.

 Join MCCS between 6 and 8:30 a.m. for free coffee, donuts and prizes at the Park & Ride lots in Burtonsville (US 29 and MD 198 at the Burtonsville Crossing Shopping Center behind Giant Food) and Kingsview/Germantown (at the bus shelter on Clopper Road, MD 117, south of MD 118, just before the intersection of Kingsview Village Avenue).

Giveaways and prize drawings will also be available at the White Flint and Bethesda Metro stations starting at 6 a.m. 

MCCS urges the public to pledge to go car-free or car-lite for the day at www.carfreemetrodc.com.   Pledge participants are eligible for a drawing for more prizes, including an iPad.

MCCS offers assistance in finding “Better Ways to Work,” not just on September 22, but year-round by walking, taking transit, carpooling, vanpooling, biking or teleworking.  Check their website at www.montgomerycountymd.gov/commute.

            Montgomery County provides and promotes a comprehensive and balanced transportation program that includes a wide variety of transit, ridesharing, bicycling, pedestrian, and teleworking options for residents, businesses, employees and visitors.  These alternative modes of transportation are effective and efficient solutions, reducing pollution and transportation costs, helping address climate change concerns, and ensuring the economic and environmental vitality of the community. 

            For more information about transportation options in the County, contact Commuter Services at www.montgomerycountymd.gov/commute, or call 240-773-2989.   Those traveling near downtown Silver Spring or Friendship Heights can stop in at the County’s TRiPS Commuter Stores, located at 8413 Ramsey Avenue in Silver Spring and 17 Wisconsin Circle in Friendship Heights.   Both stores are located within a short walk of Metrorail stations, sell transit fare media, and provide a variety of information on transportation alternatives.

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