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Sept. 17, 2012

West Seattle gets ‘In Motion’

Program promotes less driving, healthier travel options

SEATTLE – Starting today, Sept. 17, people who live or work in West Seattle can receive a free ORCA transit card if they pledge to drive less and use healthier travel options such as transit, carpooling, walking and bicycling.

King County Metro Transit’s In Motion program offers a free ORCA card with unlimited travel through Dec. 8 for people who pledge to change from driving alone to another form of travel for at least two trips per week.

“This program was hugely popular in West Seattle in 2011 and we’re happy to bring it back in time for the launch of Rapid Ride C Line,” said Metro Program Manager Carol Cooper. From July to October 2011, West Seattle had 1,200 participants in the program who collectively avoided driving about 295,000 miles – a move that saved nearly 15,000 gallons of gas and prevented about 143 tons of pollution from entering the atmosphere.

The program and free ORCA card are available just as Metro Transit also prepares to launch the RapidRide C Line, which will offer frequent service between West Seattle and downtown Seattle.

It’s easy to register online and record weekly progress. Participants must live or work in West Seattle, be 16 years or older, and have at least one car in the household. Weekly prizes are available for participants who log their trips online.

Partners in the West Seattle program include Feet First, West Seattle Chamber of Commerce and Sustainable West Seattle. Over 16 local businesses also have joined as program sponsors, donating rewards for program participants that meet their pledge to drive less.

Since Metro launched the In Motion program in 2004, it has served 28 neighborhoods, has had nearly 13,000 participants, reduced more than 165,000 single-occupancy vehicle trips, eliminated an estimated 2.4 million vehicle miles and prevented an estimated 1,000 tons of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere.

The program in West Seattle runs through Dec. 8. More information is online at kingcounty.gov/inmotion or by calling the hotline at 206-296-3455.

Information about Metro Transit services is online at metro.kingcounty.gov.