County Encourages Alternative Modes of Transportation for Car-Free Day

Montgomery County is encouraging residents to ditch their cars and use “greener” modes of transportation in recognition of “Car Free Day” on Thursday, September 22.

The county encourages residents to walk, bike or use public transportation instead of driving their cars through free giveaways and raffles for gift cards. Prizes include an annual Capital Bikeshare membership or a $200 SmarTrip card.

The Montgomery County Department of Transportation (MCDOT) Commuter Services Team will be offering free giveaways and raffle ticket entries at the following locations, according to a county news release:

  • From 6:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. at:
    • Heights of Friendship at Wisconsin Place
    • Germantown Transit Center
    • North Bethesda Subway Station
    • Shady Grove Subway Station
    • Silver Spring Subway Station
  • From 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. at:
    • Bethesda at the subway platforms
    • White Oak – Lockwood Drive and New Hampshire Avenue Transit Center

To enter the raffle, residents can complete a pledge card in person at designated locations or online, which provides additional benefits.

New Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) Chief Executive Officer and CEO Randy Clarke emphasized the benefits of using public transportation at a Sept. 20 Montgomery County Board meeting.

“Mass transit is the ultimate opportunity connector,” Clarke said. “It connects people to education, jobs, health care and so many other facets of life.”

The county is also encouraging residents who don’t own a bike to use the Capitol Bikeshare system to get to their destinations.

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