MORPC and Regional Partners Issue Challenge to Central Ohio Commuters

    May 29, 2019
    Those who participate in the one-week commuter challenge will be eligible to receive incentives for using use alternative modes of transportation

    The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC), Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA), Smart Columbus, CoGo Bike Share, Lyft and Enterprise are partnering to challenge Central Ohio commuters to rethink their rides from June 3 – 9. Through the Central Ohio Commuter Challenge, commuters are encouraged to vanpool, carpool, ride the bus, and/or walk and bike to work to improve health, reduce congestion and improve air quality by exploring new modes of transportation.

    “MORPC and its partners are excited to challenge the community to try new ways to move around Central Ohio. The regional benefits from sharing a vehicle or using alternative forms of transportation are felt in actual cost savings to commuters, the elimination of CO2 from the environment, the need for fewer parking spaces, and reduced automobile congestion. Last year’s results from the 2018 challenge were inspiring. We’re really looking forward to achieving better results this year.”
    MORPC Executive Director William Murdock

    When using an alternative mode of transportation, commuters simply register and log their trips at, making them eligible to win daily and grand prizes. Each trip logged improves the chances of winning a prize. The first 100 people to log a trip will receive a pair of movie passes. Grand prizes for the Commuter Challenge include Visa gift cards, COSI after Dark Tickets, and Columbus Clippers tickets. Participants can play individually or with a team.

    “COTA is excited to participate with MORPC and the mobility community in the Commuter Challenge. Central Ohio is becoming a mobility-rich environment, and COTA is leading the way by presenting more services and options for customers. The challenge presents an opportunity for our friends and neighbors to embrace multi-modal options, which helps reduce congestion, lessens our environmental footprint, and makes good business sense for our region as our population grows.”
    Joanna M. Pinkerton, COTA President/CEO

    The campaign encourages anyone commuting in Central Ohio to participate in helping to make Central Ohio a more sustainable and healthier region. To learn more about the challenge or to register visit

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