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FAQs

1. Why Shoud I Care?
2. How do I find a carpool?
3. I’ve heard there’s an IRS tax incentive program for certain types of commuting. Where do I find out about this?
4. How many people drive alone to work?
5. It seems like we’re paving everything in sight.
6. Is driving safe?
7. How much does GreenTrips cost?
 

1. Why Should I Care?

GreenTrips promotes alternatives to driving alone. More than 90% of our region’s residents drive alone. Here are three reasons why you should care:

Cost Savings
What does it really cost to operate a car? The answer: between $7,500 and $9,500 annually for gas, repairs, insurance, depreciation? Most of us work one day a week to pay for our cars. If you drive just 12 miles one way to work each day, you are probably spending more than $4,000 a year in commuting expenses. Think how much you could save by finding an option to driving alone everyday. And, there are potential tax benefits for employers and employees

The Environment
You may be surprised by the extent of our region’s air pollution problems. Roughly half of the problem comes from vehicles. Anything we can do to reduce the number of vehicles on the road can help. Bad air also means more health problems.

Our Economic Future
Because of our air pollution problems, we now face federal restrictions that can have a negative impact on our region’s economic future. These restrictions can affect decisions by businesses considering moving here and those already here who might want to expand.

2. How do I find a carpool?

GreenTrips can help you find carpool partners with our online carpool matching database. All you have to do is sign up to be a part of the Green Trips program. It only takes a minute to register.
Once you’re officially a GreenTrips member, log in and click on “Find Trip Partners” in the menu to search for carpool options in your area.

3. I’ve heard there’s an IRS tax incentive program for certain types of commuting. Where do I find out about this?

IRS Commuter Benefits

4. How many people drive alone to work?

About 76% of all Americans commuters drive alone to and from work. In our region, the percentage is as high as 92%. (source: U.S. Census data)

5. It seems like we’re paving everything in sight.

The amount of paved land surface in the U.S. is now roughly equivalent to an area the size of the state of Georgia.

6. Is driving safe?

There are more drivers, and more serious wrecks. Driving a car has become the most dangerous thing most of us do. It accounts for 40,000 deaths a year in the U.S. and is the leading cause of death for Americans ages two through 24. (source: National Safety Council)

7. How much does GreenTrips cost?

GreenTrips services are free for all employers and commuters who either live or work in Hamilton County or the northern portions of Dade, Walker, and Catoosa counties.  GreenTrips is funded by the US Department of Transportation, the Federal Highway Administration, the Tennessee Department of Transportation and is staffed by the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Regional Planning Agency (RPA), on behalf of the Chattanooga-Hamilton County/North Georgia Transportation Planning Organization (TPO).