Clean Commute Options

Help us kick off Ozone Action Season!

Join the Clean Air Challenge between March 1 and 31 using the link below. By choosing a clean commute mode and logging your trips on our website you’ll help reduce ozone pollution and be entered to win prizes. Starting March 9, we’ll raffle off a $5 Panera gift card each Friday to any challenge participant that has logged at least one trip that week. At the end of the challenge, the top three commuters on the leaderboard will win a $25 Meijer gift card.

What is Ozone Action Season?

In Greater Lansing, ground-level ozone pollution is monitored between March 1 and October 31 each year, when the potential for ozone levels to reach unacceptable levels increases. This period of time is called Ozone Action Season, during which vehicle emissions could cause our community to face unhealthy air quality levels. This can lead to public health risks, including chest pain, difficulty breathing, eye irritation and more. While people with respiratory conditions, children, and the elderly are the most risk, any adult who actively works or exercises outdoors may experience these adverse health effects. To help kick-off Ozone Action Season and educate the community about how their transportation habits affect our region’s air quality, we’re launching the Clean Air Challenge. 

Participant Eligibility and Important Dates

  • You must have a profile on our commute-matching website. You can login or create one by clicking on the orange “clean commute login” button below.
  • Trips must occur between March 1 and March 31, 2018.
  • Participants must log their trips by 11:59 p.m. on April 2, 2018.
  • Participants must work in Clinton, Eaton, or Ingham County.


How to Sign Up and Participate

Use the link below to sign up for the challenge. You must be logged in to your profile first and you’ll be asked to fill out a brief pre-challenge survey. Once you’re registered you can log your trips using the calendar tool on the “Dashboard” page.



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Simple Steps to Clean the Air

We know that getting in your own car and driving is often the easiest and quickest option, but you may not know that a small change in the choices we make can have a big impact. The Clean Commute Options Program strives to improve the Tri County region’s air quality by educating people about how their transportation behavior impacts the air we breathe and helping them to find cleaner commute modes.  We serve Michiganders traveling into and throughout the Tri County Region (Clinton, Eaton and Ingham Counties) with various services and events.

Free, Online Ride Matching

We offer a free ride matching website that allows you to find existing bus routes, carpools, vanpools and bike buddies that match your commute. Click on the green button to the right to explore the travel modes that fit your commute. If you like what you see and want to join a carpool or vanpool, go ahead and create a profile to access their contact information. With a profile you can also start tracking your clean commuting behavior, enroll in our emergency ride home program and participate in challenges to win prizes.

Why should you clean commute?

When you choose to ride the bus, walk, bike, carpool or vanpool you’re helping yourself and the environment.

Save moneyCommuters save money when they share their ride by splitting the cost of gas. If they leave their car behind and ride in a friend’s vehicle they’re also decreasing the amount of maintenance their car will need. Employers can save money with commercial tax benefits. Employers can allow employees to use pretax dollars to pay for transit passes, vanpool fares and parking. Learn about the program and how to become a “Best Workplace for Commuters” here

Less stressful commute – When you’re sharing the ride with friends or peers you’re able to share the “joys” of rush hour together.

More time to read, sleep, and study – When you’re not the driver, you’re free to spend your commute in any number of ways, including reading, watching videos on your tablet, and sleeping.

Improved health – If you bike or walk to work then you’re killing two birds with one stone: commuting and exercising!

CATA’s Emergency Ride Home Program – See more about this here.

Calculate the cost of driving alone to work every day, versus cleaner options such as biking or riding the bus.

Commute Cost Calculator