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CAT, VDRPT Promote 'Try Transit Week'

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Charlottesville Area Transit Press Release

Charlottesville, Virginia...9/10/2013... Starting today, area residents can go to trytransitweek.org and pledge to try a form of transit during the fifth statewide Try Transit Week. Charlottesville Area Transit (CAT) has partnered with the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) to promote the event. Participants who pledge to try transit are automatically entered for a chance to win a one-year transit pass. Pledges will be accepted from September 3 through September 20, 2013.

Try Transit Week, which takes place September 16 - 20, 2013, is a week-long, educational event designed to encourage Virginians to stop driving and try a form of transit such as bus or rail.

The Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation (DRPT) is working with transit operators across the Commonwealth on the statewide Try Transit Week to spread the word about the benefits of using transit. Passengers who use public transportation not only save time and money, but they can work, read, listen to music and text, arriving at their destinations stress and hassle-free.

"As the State's population continues to grow, especially in high-density areas such as Northern Virginia, Hampton Roads and Richmond, commuters are looking for options besides sitting in traffic jams and having to alternate their schedules just to avoid rush-hour congestion," says Thelma Drake, director of Virginia's Department of Rail and Public Transportation. "Try Transit Week encourages Virginians to use one of the great transit services we have in the Commonwealth to improve their commutes."

According to the American Public Transportation Association, the average household spends 18 cents of every dollar on transportation, and 94 percent of that goes to common car expenses. Using transit helps reduce these expenses, such as gas and tune ups, which can save the average family up to $10,000 a year.

*Visit trytransitweek.org to learn more about the event and to enter your pledge.

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