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Start earning rewards!
Curb the Congestion offers great rewards. Choose a smarter trip at least eight days a month and you could qualify for:
- Monthly Rewards: Receive $50 a month for three months!
- Keep it up to qualify for a $150 drawing each month.
- Recruiter Rewards up to $100 a year when you refer friends, neighbors or co-workers.
- Curb the Congestion Champion.
Curb the Congestion is a program to reduce traffic and encourage healthy travel options on congested roadways. The program is operated by Community Transit.
Curb the Congestion is funded in partnership with Snohomish County through developer mitigation and federal grants; and with Communities InMotion - I-405 through King County.
Choose to make smarter trips instead of driving alone on:
- 128th Street (between Everett and Mill Creek)
- 164th Street SW/SE (between Lynnwood and Mill Creek)
- 196th Street (between Edmonds and I-5)
- Bothell-Everett Highway (between 128th Street and downtown Bothell)
- I-405 (between I-5 and Hwy 522)
- Hwy 522 (between Monroe and I-405)
Smarter trips include:
- Sharing the ride in a carpool or vanpool
- Riding the bus, ferry or train
- Bicycling or walking
- Working from home or compressing your work schedule to eliminate a trip
Our Curb the Congestion Specialist is ready to help you plan your trips. Whether you use one of these streets to drive to work, school, or errands, we can help you find a more relaxing way to get there.
Join Curb the Congestion and get paid not to drive!
University and college students, staff, and faculty are eligible for additional rewards and support through Curb the Congestion.
Curb the Congestion Rewards
Log Smarter Trips on at least eight days a month and you may qualify for the following rewards. Read about recent winners.
$50 Monthly Rewards
Thinking of trying a smarter trip? When you register for Curb the Congestion, you can earn $50 a month for three months to help pay for transportation expenses. Eligible participants receive a $50 voucher toward bus or vanpool fare or a $50 gift card for gas or REI.
See $50 Monthly Rewards details and eligibility.
$150 Monthly Drawing
After three months, keep logging trips on at least eight days a month on your calendar to qualify for monthly drawings for a $150 prepaid MasterCard gift card.
See $150 monthly drawing details and eligibility.
Would you like $25 to help pay for your transportation expenses? Do you have a friend, neighbor, or coworker who travels on 128th Street, 164th Street, 196th Street, Bothell-Everett Highway or I-405? Would they benefit from learning about their options for making a smarter trip?
Tell a friend about Curb the Congestion - we've put together recruiting tips (pdf) to get you started. If your friend registers and logs trips on their Curb the Congestion Calendar, you could earn a $25 voucher toward bus or vanpool fare or a $25 gift card for gas or REI. You must be a current and active participant in the program yourself.
Complete the online Recruiter Rewards form or download the paper version recruiter rewards form (pdf), or email email@example.com or call (425) 438-6136 to get one.
Curb the Congestion Champion
Curb the Congestion wants to recognize you for your continued dedication to reducing traffic congestion and making our community healthy and vibrant! Starting in 2015, you can nominate yourself for the Curb the Congestion Champion of the Quarter for a chance to win $250.
The Curb the Congestion Champion of the Quarter will be selected from among program participants that meet the following requirements:
- Logs at least 16 days of an alternative to driving alone in the online calendar for each month of the quarter
- Maintains profile in good standing with RideshareOnline.com
- Continues to use a smart transportation option on the Curb the Congestion corridors
Rewards for the Curb the Congestion Champion include:
- Nominee for Curb the Congestion Champion of the Year
- News release sent to local papers
- Photo and story on Community Transit's website
- $250 gift card for gas, REI or voucher for bus or vanpool
Eligible participants must complete a nomination form. Forms will be sent to eligible participants via email approximately 2 weeks after the quarter ends. Submitted nomination forms will be reviewed and scored by the Commute Trip Reduction Peer Advisory Board (a board of Employee Transportation Coordinators that represent Snohomish County’s and the City of Bothell’s commuting employees.)
Your Curb the Congestion Calendar will also calculate how much money, fuel and air pollution you save by not driving alone. Learn more about the calendar.
How to Participate
Step 1: Register online. Participants without Internet access can request a paper form. Call (425) 438-6136 or email CurbIt at commtrans dot org.
Step 2: A Community Transit Specialist will contact you to help you plan your trip to work, school, or errands. The representative will also ask you to sign an optional pledge form to reduce your drive-alone trips. Pledging strengthens your commitment to smarter trips.
Step 3: Start making trips by bus, carpooling, vanpooling, bicycling and walking instead of driving alone on one of the targeted road corridors.
Step 4: To qualify for rewards, track your trips online using your personalized Curb the Congestion Calendar.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the purpose of the Curb the Congestion Program?
Reduce traffic congestion and improve quality of life by promoting smarter trip choices. Smarter trips include: Sharing the ride in a carpool or vanpool; riding the bus, ferry or train; bicycling or walking; or working from home or compressing your work schedule to eliminate a drive-alone trip.
What are the selected road corridors?
There are six:
- 164th Street SW/SE (between Lynnwood and Mill Creek)
- 128th Street (between Everett and Mill Creek)
- 196h Street (between Edmonds and I-5)
- Bothell-Everett Highway (between 128th St and downtown Bothell)
- I-405 (between I-5 and Highway 522)
- Highway 522 (between Monroe and I-405)
I travel on a corridor not listed. How do I enter?
Choose “Other” from the drop down list on the registration form. You will be contacted by a Community Transit Specialist to help you plan your trips. You may be eligible for other Community Transit programs, but you will not be eligible for Curb the Congestion program incentives.
How is Curb the Congestion funded?
Curb the Congestion is funded in partnership with Snohomish County through developer mitigation and federal grants; and with Communities InMotion - I-405 through King County.The program is operated by Community Transit.
Why is this program only available on selected roadways?
The Snohomish County Department of Public Works identified these specific road corridor because they will benefit the most from this type of program based on the existing infrastructure (i.e. roads, bike lanes, sidewalks, and transit facilities), constraints to further improve the road, and development patterns.
Community Transit has also identified all three roads as “transit emphasis corridors.” This means Community Transit supports an integrated vision of land use planning that includes a balanced mix of investment in roadways, land use decisions supportive of transit market development and a long-term commitment to transit services.
I work at an employer and/or worksite not listed. How do I enter?
Choose "None" or “Other” from the very top of the employer list on the registration form.
If I’ve previously participated in Curb the Congestion, am I still eligible for rewards?
Anyone 16 or older who makes eligible trips
on the selected corridors can participate in Curb the Congestion. Any participant may qualify for Recruiter Rewards
and $150 Monthly Drawings.
Note that any participant who started making smarter trips on the selected corridor more than 6 months ago may not qualify for $50 Monthly Rewards.
How will this program work to address traffic congestion?
There is no single way to reduce congestion. Rather, we need a multi-faceted approach. Curb the Congestion is part of the overall solution by increasing public awareness about transportation choices and eliminating some of the barriers that keep people from trying an alternative to driving alone.
What is the purpose of the Curb the Congestion Calendar?
Community Transit uses the tracking calendars to:
- Confirm participant eligibility for program incentives.
- Determine the number of vehicle trips removed from target corridors.
- Measure increases in bus ridership, carpooling, vanpooling, bicycling, and walking on selected road corridors.
The act of logging trips also helps you:
- Notice opportunities for making more of your trips by bus, carpooling, vanpooling, bicycling, or walking.
- See the money you save and the good you do for your environment.
What is the purpose of pledging to reduce my drive-alone trips?
Pledging is not a requirement of the program, but it is encouraged. We know it can be hard to change a daily practice, such as always driving alone to work. Pledging reinforces your commitment and helps you set and reach your goals.
How will my personal information be used?
Your personal information will remain confidential and is only used by Community Transit to send you requested materials and incentives. Community Transit will not sell, distribute, or otherwise disseminate your information to any third party. Information given by participants, both contact information and commuting information, will be kept confidential, unless authorized by you for the purposes of finding a carpool, vanpool or bicycling/walking buddies. Entry constitutes permission (except where prohibited by law) to use prize winners’ names, hometowns, and any text submitted for the purposes of promotion on behalf of Curb the Congestion.
How do I receive my prize if I am a winner?
A Community Transit Specialist will contact you directly to arrange getting your prize to you.
How will I know if I qualify for a $50 Monthly Reward for each of the three months after I register? How and when would I receive my reward?
Community Transit will contact you approximately 10 days after the end of the month to notify you of eligibility. You will receive an email or phone request approximately four weeks after the end of the month asking you to follow instructions to select your reward. Approximately two weeks after you successfully select your reward, you will receive your reward by U.S. mail. Please watch for related emails and U.S. mail during this time frame.
Are there any tax consequences for being a prize winner?
Community Transit will comply with the IRS reporting requirements for prize winners. According to IRS instructions, a Form 1099-MISC is required for any person receiving over $600 in prizes and awards. For those prizes where there is an issue of what the actual worth of the prize is, the IRS regulations defining the fair market value of a prize will determine whether or not a 1099-MISC is filed. Recipients of prizes qualifying for a 1099-MISC must agree to provide the information necessary for the 1099-MISC in order to receive their prize; they should expect to receive their forms in time to file their appropriate tax returns. For prizes worth less than $600, it is the recipient’s responsibility to comply with all relevant IRS income reporting guidelines.
I drive alone on a selected corridor in order to reach a park & ride, then take a commuter bus from there. Does that count as a bus trip?
To count as a bus trip, you must not drive alone on a selected corridor. Our specialist can help you find another way to get to your park & ride, such as by local bus or carpool. If circumstances require you to drive alone to a park & ride, then consider reducing other drive-alone trips you make on selected corridors, such as to errands or leisure activities. However, it is permitted, but not encouraged, for 128th Street participants to drive to the McCollum Park & Ride to meet a bus, carpool, or vanpool. This is because the McCollum Park & Ride is at the edge of the corridor.
I made eight trips in one day. Does that qualify me for rewards?
You must make at least one trip a day on eight days in the calendar month and meet other eligibility requirements in order to qualify for a rewards.
What if I am driving a hybrid vehicle?
If there is more than one person in the car for the commute, then the hybrid vehicle may count as a carpool. Driving alone in a hybrid vehicle may reduce fuel usage and emissions, but does not reduce traffic congestion. Therefore, Community Transit does not recognize hybrid use alone eligible for prize drawing eligibility.
Why are motorcycles not included as an alternative mode?
There are a number of reasons for this.
- First, a primary goal of the program is to promote bus, carpool, vanpool, bicycling, and walking to remove drive-alone trips. A motorcycle can qualify as a carpool if more than one person is riding the same cycle.
- A second goal of the program is to encourage commuting methods that increase roadway capacity. Even given the relative size of a motorcycle to a car, there is still an issue of the number of vehicles using our county’s roadways. We believe that the best way to encourage people to use fewer vehicles overall is to encourage methods that promote personal or community connections, such as riding the bus, carpooling, vanpooling, biking, or walking.
What if I use a scooter?
Power-assisted bicycles qualify as a bicycle in this program. Motorized scooters of any type, whether meeting license requirements or not, count towards the program only when more than one person is sharing the commute, for the same reasons as listed above for motorcycles.
Are there other types of foot-powered commuting that are eligible under the “walking” category?
Yes, as long as it is a method of transportation where the foot is in contact with the ground, it is eligible in the “walking” category. This would therefore include skateboards, jogging, rollerblading, and non-motorized scooters. Trips made by wheelchair are also eligible in the "walking" category, as long as the trip replaces a drive-alone vehicle trip.