Ten businesses and individuals in the Triangle have been honored for promoting ways to reduce traffic congestion and improve air quality for the Triangle and North Carolina.  

“In the past year alone, our regional partners have decreased 3 million trips on our roadways and directly assisted more than 20,000 commuters in choosing a sustainable commute – one other than driving alone daily,” said Michelle Parker, Sustainable Travel Services Manager for GoTriangle. “This empowers Triangle residents to have more control over their finances and stress levels while improving air quality for everyone in the region. It also maximizes the efficiency of our tax dollars and existing highways by having fewer vehicles traveling the roadways causing wear and tear adding to congestion. It’s a win-win for our quality of life.”

Today’s Golden Modes Awards, held at the Morehead Planetarium at UNC-Chapel Hill, honor these employers and commuters who set the example.  The Awards, now in their sixth year, recognize those who carpool, vanpool, bike, walk, ride the bus, or telework. 


  • Danny Bridgers
  • Elena Elms  
  • Lauren Morris
  • Heidi Perov Perry
  • Gary Saunders
  • Kevin Young
  • Molly Demerest of American Underground


And these corporations:

  • Durham VA Healthcare System
  • Kimley-Horn
  • American Tobacco Campus & Blackwell Street Management

The Governor has proclaimed this as Commuter Awareness and Recognition Week in North Carolina.   It’s the third year that the state has recognized “the communities, employers, and employees who have developed exemplary, comprehensive employee commuting programs.” 

To learn more about ways your organization can reduce parking demand, have a robust sustainability plan or assist with a Commuter Benefits Plan, visit http://www.gosmartnc.org/employer-services.

For more information contact Brad Schulz at 919-485-7434 or bschulz@gotriangle.org or Mike Charbonneau at 919-485-7413 or mcharbonneau@gotriangle.org

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