The Minnesota Valley Transit Authority wants Minnesotans to save time and money while reducing traffic congestion and helping the environment during the “Get on Board” Commuter Challenge.

From April 22-28, MVTA is encouraging residents to leave their single occupancy vehicle at home and find a new way to get to work and around town. Participating transit riders, cyclists, carpoolers, walkers, teleworkers are eligible for prizes, including VIP packages at Canterbury Park and gift cards at Michael’s Cycles, Valley Bike & Ski and Refit Athletic.

MVTA makes it easy for riders to rack up the miles throughout the challenge.

With 32 routes, 20 transit stations and service to seven cities in Dakota and Scott counties, there is no shortage of ways to get around town with MVTA.

Plus, riders can take on the challenge with service to destinations like Canterbury Park, the Minnesota Zoo, and more. MVTA has heated transit stations and bus shelters. The buses are equipped for limited mobility access, have free WiFi service and even have bike racks.

Active and sustainable transportation like carpools, transit and walking or cycling has many benefits. It saves commuters money on gas and parking costs and communities spend less money on maintaining and repairing roads. It reduces vehicle emissions and improves air quality. It alleviates road congestion, decreases traffic noise and reduces the number of vehicle-pedestrian accidents.

“There are many economic and environmental reasons for Minnesotans to find new ways to get to school, work and play that don’t involve single-occupancy vehicles,” said Luther Wynder MVTA’s executive director, in a press release. “We are excited for this commuter challenge. We think once people see how convenient it is to get where they need to go without a single occupancy vehicle, they will become new transit riders, cyclists and carpoolers. We want this to become an annual event that the whole community enjoys and benefits from.”

Participants can visit MVTA.com/commuterchallenge to learn more about the challenge or register. Prize winners will be selected at the end of the week.

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