Santa Monica employers can now participate in the third modal competition of Santa Monica’s 2015 Commuter Challenge: Public Transit Month.

Individuals can participate in the Public Transit Month Challenge by visiting www.commuteSM.com/s/public-transitand registering with their employer network. Santa Monica residents employed outside of the city should join the SM Residents Employed Outside of City network.

Participants can find transit routes on CommuteSM.com by searching their commute in the A to B Trip Planning module and finding the best transit options for their trip.

Simply, public transit use in Los Angeles makes sense — Metro boasts the second busiest light rail system in the United States, connecting all parts of the County. Time in transit can be reclaimed for reading, sleeping, or doing work, instead of stressing in anxiety-prone traffic. Studies have also shown that transit users tend to be healthier than drivers, as they walk more throughout their commutes. Air pollution is worst in summer from longer days, more sunlight, and stagnant air. Overall, public transit use improves the health of individuals and communities.

From July 1-31, Santa Monica commuters can log their transit trips in CommuteSM.com to compete in the Public Transit Commute Challenge. With every logged trip throughout the month, participants automatically enter weekly drawings for $17.50 pre-loaded TAP cards. At the end of the month, two randomly selected users and two users with the highest CO2 savings will be awarded concert tickets, fine dining gift cards, and movie passes. Companies recognized for the highest rates of employee participation will receive tasty treats, courtesy of KIND Snacks.

Join organizers for the Public Transit Month Kick-Off Breakfast on Tuesday, July 7, at the Colorado Center Palm Courtyard (2425 Colorado Ave.) from 9 – 10 a.m.

Santa Monica’s 2015 Commuter Challenge is sponsored by RideAmigos, Urban Trans, Paradise Consulting, the City of Santa Monica, Metro, The Big Blue Bus, KIND Snacks, Laemmle Theaters, McCabe’s Guitar Shop, Magicopolis, American Cinematheque, The Massage Palace, Lemonade, Dethrone Basecamp, Dogtown Coffee, Starbucks, Donuts USA, IZIP Store, the Santa Monica Bike Center, SM Spoke, Bike Attack, Pedego Santa Monica, Cynergy Cycles, Zone 3 Multisport, Helen’s Cycles, and Downtown LA Bikes. For more information on the Commuter Challenge, visit www.commuteSM.com.

RideAmigos (www.rideamigos.com) is a national leader of web-based, multi-modal transportation solutions, providing regional commuter networks, multi-modal travel dashboards, certified transportation commute surveys, trip trackers, reward systems, and GIS reporting tools.

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