County Encourages Alternative Transit Modes for Car-Free Day

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

The county is incentivizing residents to walk, bike, or use public transit instead of driving their cars through free giveaways and raffle drawings for gift cards. Prizes include an annual membership to Capital Bikeshare or a $200 SmarTrip Card.

Montgomery County Department of Transportation’s (MCDOT) Commuter Services team will have free giveaways and raffle ticket entries available at the following locations, according to a county press release:

  • From 6:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. at:
    • Friendship Heights at Wisconsin Place
    • Germantown Transit Center
    • North Bethesda Metro Station
    • Shady Grove Metro Station
    • Silver Spring Metro Station
  • From 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. at:
    • Bethesda at the Metro Bus Bays
    • White Oak — Lockwood Drive and New Hampshire Avenue Transit Center

To enter the raffle, residents can fill out a pledge card in-person at the listed locations or online, which offers additional perks.

Newly-appointed Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) General Manager and CEO Randy Clarke emphasized the benefits of using public transit at a Montgomery County Council meeting on Sept. 20.

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

The county is also encouraging residents who do not own a bicycle to utilize the Capitol Bikeshare system to get to their destinations.


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