Know how you can knock out multiple New Year’s resolutions with one smart decision? Simply try transit in 2018.

Exercise more? Check. Save money? Check. Reduce stress? Check.

With Wake, Orange and Durham counties all expanding transit options thanks to voter-approved investments, it has never been easier to use transit and GoTriangle’s New Year, New Commute program to help you reach your goals.

The half-cent transit-designated sales tax in each county paid for expanded and more frequent bus routes in 2017, and more improvements are on the way in 2018.

So walk or ride your bicycle to the bus stop to burn calories. Skip driving and save gas money by traveling on an agency’s routes instead. Work, listen or play on Wi-Fi-equipped buses instead of gripping a steering wheel and groaning.

Even earn prizes by logging your transit trips online. The GoPerks incentive program gives away $500 a month in prizes to commuters who track their alternative transportation trips at ShareTheRideNC.org

The New Year, New Commute program offers all kinds of information to help you learn about alternatives to driving alone. Get information about commuting options at ShareTheRideNC.org.

We even offer personalized assistance! Complete this form, and we’ll do all the work in planning a new commute for you.

Don’t let fears of being stuck at work if an emergency crops up deter you. Riders who register for the free Emergency Ride Home Program can get home easily if the unexpected happens.

The TransLoc Rider app and website let you track buses in real time, so there’s also never a need to wait longer than necessary at a bus stop.

Maybe you could start small by vowing to take transit to the airport in 2018. For only $2.25, you can ride GoTriangle Route 100 to both terminals. The bus runs every 30 minutes in peak hours and uses the Bus on Shoulder System to stay on schedule. Route 100 starts from Downtown Raleigh at 6:10 a.m. Monday-Friday and at 6:40 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The route stops several places between Raleigh and RDU and then travels on to the Regional Transit Center in Durham, where you also can park and board a bus to the airport.

GoTriangle also offers help with starting carpools and vanpools and with figuring out routes for walking or biking to work.

Find out more or map your route at gotriangle.org. For more information, call 919-485-RIDE.

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