Commuter Services

Outreach program of I-494 Corridor Commission

December Prize Drawing!

Win Bose In-Ear Headphones

Each month we have a prize drawing for those who try an alternative mode of transportation. Replace a drive-alone trip to work or school and instead take the bus or train, bike, carpool, walk, telework or vanpool.

Click here to participate.

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December Commuter of the Month!

Beth Reissenweber - Augsburg College

“I have been riding the bus to work since last June and I couldn’t be happier with my decision! My main reason was to lead by example, as the college where I work has embarked on a large construction project and two key parking lots have been taken off line. Being an urban campus, with parking at a premium, we needed to move employees to commuter options other than driving alone. So I gave up my underground parking spot and choose Metro Transit as my mode of choice for getting to and from work.

Taking the bus has given me the opportunity to walk more, build community, and save money; all while leaving the driving to the friendly Metro Transit bus drivers. No more stress of sitting in traffic jams! I have found that I am very productive on my bus trips, from reading contracts and working on budget strategies to simply reading quietly.

The commute does take longer and I do need better gear when it is raining “cats and dogs”. But I must admit that I am making the most out of the rides. Getting fresh air, finding time to read, and relieving the stress of driving myself have all been benefits of choosing the bus. I encourage others to stop driving alone and use Metro Transit. Together, we can lighten the load on the roads, on the environment, and on ourselves.”

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Edina Open Streets Bike Winner!

Congratulations to Ellen Brinkman who won a bike at the 2016 Edina Open Streets event!

“My life is all about being efficient—we have four kids so I am always trying to find the fastest way to get from one place to another. We live two blocks from the grocery store, so it is actually faster to walk or bike there than drive. We have tons of activities after school and work each day, so my husband and I rely on carpooling with other families to get the kids where they need to be. I also carpool to work with my colleagues when we have work events or off-site meetings—it saves time and money!”

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Open Streets at Penn Fest Bike Winner!

Congratulations to Pete Tressel who won our prize drawing of a brand new bike at Open Streets at Penn Fest in Richfield! He says:

"Riding your bike to work, on errands or just for fun will give you the best feeling you’ll have all day. There’s no easier way to get around town while also exercising. Don’t get in the car – hop on your bike and ride."

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Facebook Prize Winner!

Congratulations to John Evans, our September Facebook prize winner of the Bose SoundLink Color Bluetooth Speaker!

“My wife, Jeanine and I carpool from Apple Valley to Richfield every day. Once we've coordinated our work and lunch schedules for the week, we reap the benefits: Less gas used (good for the wallet and the environment), use of the HOV lane to and from work, and good company during the commute!”
John and his wife have carpooled together for 19 years. Actually, they have been commuting together since kindergarten when they rode the same school bus. True story!

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August Prize Winner!

Pamela Freeman - Children's Hospitals and Clinics of America, Edina

“I live in Oak Grove and my commute is between 45 minutes to 1.5 hours one way. Thankfully, my employer allows me to telework and it’s a Win Win Win! It’s a win for me because I am not contributing to traffic and air pollution on my work from home days. It’s a win for Children’s because I am more productive and often work longer hours, giving some of my commuting time back to the company. And it’s a win for the environment and for our roads and other drivers, as it is one less vehicle clogging up the roadways and less pollution clogging up our airways.”

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2016 Events

  • January - $110 Transit Pass Prize Drawing for people pledging to use an alternative to driving alone to work at least one time in the month of January
  • February - Fitbit Prize Drawing for people pledging to use an alternative to driving alone to work at least one time in the month of February
  • March - iPod Touch Prize Drawing for people pledging to use an alternative to driving alone to work at least one time in the month of March
  • April - Apple TV Prize Drawing for people pledging to use an alternative to driving alone to work at least one time in the month of August
    Commuter Challenge
    Commuter Choice Awards Event is April 28
    Earth Day is April 22
  • May - Commuter Challenge
    State of the Commute Employer Summit is May 13
    National Bike to Work Day is May 20.
    Commuter Services also celebrates Bike to Work Week in June (see below)
  • June - Commuter Challenge
    Commuter Services’ Bike to Work Week is June 13-17.
  • July - Ninja Professional 3-Speed Blender Prize Drawing for people pledging to use an alternative to driving alone to work at least one time in the month of July
  • August - iPad mini Prize Drawing for people pledging to use an alternative to driving alone to work at least one time in the month of August
  • September - Switch My Trip
    Penn Fest is September 18 from noon to 4 p.m.
    Edina Open Streets is September 25 from 1 - 5 p.m.
  • October - Switch My Trip
    Carpool to Work Month
  • November - Prize Drawing for people pledging to use an alternative to driving alone to work at least one time in the month of November
  • December - Prize Drawing for people pledging to use an alternative to driving alone to work at least one time in the month of December

**Additional events will be added throughout the year