This is your lucky month if you are either an environmentalist or a cheapskate.
Everyone knows that driving excessively in gas-guzzling automobiles leaves huge carbon footprints and such. And everyone also knows that gas prices in Boise, and around the country, are ridiculously high right now. So it’s pretty convenient that May in Boise is May in Motion, a month-long program that encourages Valley residents to explore transportation alternatives.
It is an annual event organized by Ada County Highway District Commuteride and Valley Regional Transit and supported by folks concerned about the long-term vitality of the Treasure Valley.
The promotion, which you might have seen supported in your office, is designed to inform locals about transportation-related issues and encourage participation in transportation alternatives.
Some transportation options that May in Motion promotes: carpooling and vanpooling, biking, walking, mass transit, and park-and-ride programs. ACHD offers ridematching and other carpool and vanpool programs with incentives such as first month free, quarterly rebates for vanpool riders and the drivers incentive program.
ACHD also offers benefits to participants, including discounted Valley Ride employer monthly bus passes, Transi-Cheks (in which new riders on Commuteride Vanpools and Valley Ride buses will be subsidized $20 for each of the first three months fare) and a guaranteed ride home (reimbursement for a taxi ride home in the case of an emergency or an unscheduled overtime).
The organizers bill May in Motion as a program that appeals to everyone from residents concerned about traffic congestion and air quality to commuters and business owners to local governmental officials.