Try Transit Month 2021

Celebrated each October, this month-long initiative features a variety of activities and events to introduce Greenlink and its services to the greater Greenville community.

Man exiting a Greenlink bus


The events and promotions listed below are designed to make participating in Try Transit Month educational, convenient and fun!

Friday, October 1 – Sunday, October 31 – Try Transit Bingo

  • Time: Bingo Cards are due by midnight on October 31
  • Location: Drop off the card or mail it to the Greenlink Transit Center Information Booth (100 W McBee Ave), or email your completed card to 
  • Details: “Try transit” this month by doing activities that will help you become more familiar with Greenlink and its services. 

Download a PDF of the Try Transit Bingo Card to print at home or save a JPEG to your phone’s photo gallery. Qualify to win prizes by completing 4 actions to cross off a row (left to right), completing 4 actions to cross off a column (up and down), or completing 4 actions diagonally.

Don’t forget to include your contact information when you submit your card. Greenlink will randomly draw winners from the submitted Bingo Cards on Monday, November 1.


Friday, October 1 – Name your Car Day

  • Time: 5:30 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.
  • Location: Greenlink Buses
  • Details: Help us name our buses!

Greenlink is seeking submissions of clever/funny names for our buses. A selection committee will pick 12 names to be displayed on the digital destination signs on the outside of the buses running on Friday, October 1. Winners will receive a free 31-Day Unlimited Rides Pass.

The deadline to submit names is 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, September 26.

Past winning names include Wishing-I-Was-Fishing, Big Green Transit Machine, Gary Busy, Sweet Pea and others.  

Submit your ideas for names now!


Friday, October 8 - Fare Free Day Sponsored by Greenville Heritage Federal Credit Union

  • Time: 5:30 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.
  • Location: Greenlink Buses
  • Details: Ride any Greenlink bus, or make advance reservations for a GAP trip, on Friday, October 8 for FREE. Rides are sponsored by the Greenville Heritage Federal Credit Union.

Take a free Greenlink bus ride on Friday, October 8! Hop on and off the fixed bus routes all day. GAP customers can also enjoy free rides on October 8*.

*Passengers must already be GAP clients and reservations must be made in advance. Learn more about paratransit services.

Tuesday, October 12 – National Savings Day

  • Time: 8:30 – 9:30 a.m.
  • Location: Greenlink Transit Center (100 W McBee Ave)
  • Details: Learn how to save money by using Umo.

Umo is an electronic fare collection system that allows Greenlink customers to pay their bus fare using a reloadable smart card or an app on their smartphone. Umo also keeps track of customers’ payments and helps ensure they get the most cost-efficient fare. Learn more about Umo and how it can help save you money!

Register for the Umo information session here!


Wednesday, October 13 – Citizens Transit Academy (CTA) Alumni Networking

  • Time: 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Location: Grateful Brew (501 S Pleasantburg Dr)
  • Details: Learn more about the Citizens Transit Academy.

If you’re a CTA alumnus, don’t miss this opportunity to network with other CTA graduates. Or, if you’re interested in learning more about the CTA, come meet and talk with fellow transit enthusiasts!

Options for attendance include meeting at the Greenlink Transit Center (100 W McBee Ave) at 5:15 p.m. to ride the bus with the group. The bus will depart at 5:30 p.m. and arrive at Grateful Brew at 6 p.m. To return, we’ll catch Route 501 at 7 p.m. and get back to the Transit Center by 7:30 p.m.

Or, if you’re unable to participate in the bus ride, you can meet the group at Grateful Brew at 6 p.m.

Register for the CTA networking event here!


Thursday, October 14 – New Passenger Orientation

  • Time: 12 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
  • Location: Greenlink Transit Center (100 W McBee Ave)
  • Details: New to Greenlink? Receive personalized assistance with getting to know its services.

Greenlink offers new customers the opportunity to familiarize themselves with our vehicles and boarding procedures in a controlled, relaxed environment before riding the bus for the first time. Since vehicles used for orientation sessions are not actively in service, it also allows ample time for passengers with disabilities to get acquainted with the vehicle features designed to assist and protect them.

The orientation session lasts approximately one hour and covers:

  • How to plan a bus trip
  • How to board and pay the fare
  • How to ride and signal a stop request
  • How to load and unload a bicycle on the bicycle rack

New Passenger Orientation will be held on Thursday, October 14 at both noon and 5:30 p.m. at the Greenlink Transit Center (100 W. McBee Avenue). Registration is required. Please complete the form to register for one of the orientation sessions.


Saturday, October 16 – Kids Arts & Crafts

  • Time: 9 – 10 a.m.
  • Location: Greenlink Transit Center (100 W McBee Ave)
  • Details: Decorate your own bus!

Recycled milk cartons and boxes will be prepped and ready for your child to create their own unique design on the sides of the “bus.” The session will also include story time and will provide an opportunity to see a real Greenlink bus!

An example of this craft can be viewed here:

Registration is required to ensure enough supplies. Reserve your space here!


Thursday, October 28 – Network with GTA

  • Time: 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Location: Greenville County Square – Conference Room D (301 University Ridge)
  • Details: Meet the volunteers who serve on the Greenville Transit Authority Board of Directors before their monthly meeting. 

Swing by any time between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. for an informal networking opportunity. Introduce yourself, ask them questions, and stay for the GTA meeting, which begins at 12:30 p.m.

Register to attend the networking opportunity here! 

Sunday, October 31 – Deadline to apply to CTA

  • Time: Applications are due by midnight
  • Location: Complete this online application
  • Details: Greenlink's Citizens Transit Academy is a free, six-week program designed to offer Greenville County residents a unique opportunity to learn about public transportation and the opportunities and challenges facing Greenlink. 

Up to 30 people will be selected from the pool of applicants and classes will be held on Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The class schedule is below:
January 4:            Introductions, CTA overview, and Greenlink services
January 11:          Operations and safety, Transit Center tour, and Greenlink's new technology        
January 18:          Finances, capital needs, and maintenance facility discussion and tour
January 25:          Service change procedures, bus stops, and route planning
February 1:         Transit Development Plan and other community efforts
February 8:         Group takeaways and graduation

The deadline to apply is Sunday, October 31 at midnight.


Are you up for a challenge, Greenville?

We’re challenging everyone to try giving up their cars during the month of November. Instead of driving alone, use Greenlink, carpool with a friend, or ride your bike. Choosing sustainable transportation options will help reduce congestion throughout Greenville and reduce your carbon footprint.

Even if you’re already using alternative transportation modes, you can still participate in the challenge.

If you pledge not to drive alone by car for at least one week (7 consecutive days) during November, you’ll be entered into a drawing for prizes.

Take the #NoCarNovember Pledge today!