1. What's in it for me?
2. I can't bike to work. Can I still participate?
3. Are you part of Bike Chattanooga?
4. I don’t live in Chattanooga city limits. Can I still participate?
5. Where can I find information about commuting-related tax benefits?
GreenTrips is designed to reduce traffic and air pollution. By participating, you’ll be helping our whole community save time lost to traffic and breathe healthier air. Secondary benefits include burning Calories by biking and walking, increased productivity by taking the bus (all CARTA buses are equipped with free Wi-Fi—take control of your workday before you get to the office!), and increased social connection through carpooling & public transportation. Finally, GreenTrips offers rewards for the GreenTrips you take. Please check back soon for more information on our rewards program.
Of course! Getting around our area by bike is great and has never been easier, but GreenTrips encourages all the great ways to get around: walking, carpooling, taking the bus, and avoiding unnecessary trips by working from home or a compressed work schedule. GreenTrips is designed to reduce traffic and air pollution so we can all enjoy easier commutes and clean air. Fortunately, we have great options for how to do that, and GreenTrips encourages—and rewards—them all!
Nope. We are a separate, local government program but we work with Bike Chattanooga frequently. We think Bike Chattanooga is a great way to get around and definitely encourage everyone to use the system for trips.
Absolutely! Our target area is the Chattanooga-Hamilton County-North Georgia Transportation Planning Organization area. We know that traffic and air pollution don’t stop at this border so neither do we. Any GreenTrip inside, into, or out of this area qualifies for rewards. If you live in Cleveland but carpool to Chattanooga, for example, you could log those trips.
The IRS allows pre-tax expenditures for certain commuter options, known as qualified transportation benefits. These benefits can cover different modes of transportation, including transit passes and bicycle-related costs. Please take a look at the Employer's Tax Guide to Fringe Benefits to see if any of these options might work for you (information on qualified transportation benefits can be found on page 19).
If you have any other questions, please email them to GreenTrips@Chattanooga.gov. Thank you for reducing traffic congestion and air pollution by getting there with GreenTrips!