Creating a Culture of Transit

Even office parks in the exurbs can have high rates of transit use, according to success seen at an office park in San Ramon, California.

"Last week I went to an exurban office park in San Ramon, California where 33 percent of the park's 30,000 workers leave their cars at home. Despite the fact that Bishop Ranch is 37 miles from San Francisco, a dozen miles from the nearest BART rail station, and home to Chevron's corporate offices, its parking lots are surprisingly empty, and it has won many awards for transit. Marci McGuire, the program manager for the Ranch's Transportation center, describes the attitude at the park as "a culture" where it's cool to have a bus pass. "When you do it right, it's like a cult," she says.

I spent a couple of hours with Marci to find out how she nurtures this cult that gets 10,000 people out of their cars daily."

Through programs that encourage the use of nearby transit options and that emphasize the health impacts of driving alone, officials in the office park's transportation office have been able to lure people out of their cars.

Full Story: How to Create a Culture of Public Transit: The 'Marci Option'

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