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Posted on: October 2, 2020

October is Try Transit Month

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Try Transit Month

Try Transit Month is part of an ongoing initiative to educate Greenville County residents about the economic and environmental benefits of public transit and encourage citizens who don't typically use public transportation to ride Greenlink. Greenlink celebrates Try Transit Month each October. See below for this year's line-up of events and activties!


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Virtual Story Time with a Bus Driver

Grab the kids and gather around your favorite digital device for our “Story Time with a Bus Driver” series! The videos will available at ridegreenlink.com and feature Greenlink bus drivers reading children’s books about buses and transportation. The webpage will be updated with more videos throughout the month, so check back often.


Greenlink Painted Rocks


Kindness Rocks Scavenger Hunt

The Kindness Rocks Project is an international movement that encourages people to decorate rocks with inspirational messages and leave them in random public places for people to find. Greenlink bus drivers and staff have joined the movement, creating and hiding their own rocks at Greenlink bus stops.

Throughout the month of October, Greenlink customers who spot the rocks are encouraged to share pictures on Twitter, tag @RideGreenlink, and use #GreenlinkRocks in the Twitter post to be entered into a drawing for a free 31-Day Unlimited Ride Pass! Tweets must be posted by October 31 to be entered into the drawing.


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Carpool Karaoke

Calling all music lovers! Greenlink is putting together a playlist of the best transit-themed songs. Once it’s compiled, we’ll share the playlist on YouTube so you can sing along during your transit commute! Submit your ideas and be entered into a drawing for a free 31-Day Unlimited Ride Pass! Song suggestions must be submitted by October 31 to be entered into the drawing. For inspiration, check out this Greenlink Karaoke video!


Greenville Faces: Transit Photo Contest Winner


 
Greenville Faces: Transit

Revisit the 2018 Greenville Faces: Transit photo contest, to get to know some of Greenlink’s regular riders.


Greenville Historic Street Car


Greenville on the Move: Transit in Greenville County, Then and Now

Date: Friday, October 9, 2020
Time: 12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Registration required: https://bit.ly/33aReHd 

 Since downtown Greenville was home to horse stables and hat makers, the means of travel available to people has determined our community’s patterns of growth. Join us to learn about the history of Greenville and how its residents have moved within it, from carriages to streetcars to buses to SUVs. We’ll also look at what the future might hold and how transit can continue to play an important role.


Greenlink Staff Virtual Meet & Greet

Date: Thursday, October 15, 2020
Time: 9 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Registration required: https://bit.ly/35WupJg 

 Grab a coffee and get to know the people behind the scenes at Greenlink. What do their jobs look like day-to-day? How did they get into the transit industry? What positions does Greenlink have open? Learn the answers to these and other questions during this virtual session.


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Upstate Mobility Alliance: Rural Transit Virtual Panel Discussion

Date: Monday, October 26, 2020
Time: 10 a.m. – Noon
Registration required by Thursday, October 22: https://conta.cc/3ibzlMP 

 Join the Upstate Mobility Alliance’s Public Transit Task Force for a virtual Q&A with rural transportation providers and non-profits from Maine, Georgia, Minnesota, and Ohio. Hear about the partnerships they’ve created with other organizations in their communities and find out how they got started and how their services operate.


Greenlink Proterra Bus


Virtual Q&A Electric Bus Panel with Proterra

Date: Wednesday, October 28, 2020
Time: 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Registration required: https://bit.ly/2SaDvKk 

Join Greenlink Director James Keel and Proterra Sales Director Eric Reynolds for a discussion on Greenville’s locally-made electric buses and learn how this new technology is integrated into our transit system. You’ll get insight into how public transit fleet decisions are made, hear about the growth of electric bus manufacturer Proterra, and find out what we can expect in the future. Tune in from your couch with a beverage of your choice, and learn about the latest advancements in zero-emission transit, right here in Greenville. Sign up today for the October 28 webinar.


Other Transit-Related Meetings

New Passenger Orientation 
Thursday, October 8, 2020
12 p.m. or 5:30 p.m.
Greenlink is offering its passenger orientation virtually. Learn where Greenlink goes, how to plan a bus trip, board the bus, and pay your fare, and more. Register here (required).

Greenville-Pickens Area Transportation Study (GPATS) Policy Committee 
Monday, October 19, 2020
10 a.m.
GPATS will gather elected officials from around the region to address transportation plans, projects, issues, and opportunities.
Watch the live stream

Greenville Transit Authority (GTA) Board of Directors Meeting
Thursday, October 22, 2020
12:30 p.m.
The GTA Board of Directors meets monthly to make Greenlink-related decisions. Watch the virtual meeting live; the password for the meeting access is meetnow.


Citizens Transit Academy Applications 

Date: Applications are due Saturday, October 31, 2020
Time: The application will close at midnight
Transit Academy Application

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 virtually on Tuesdays from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. An option to meet in-person may be available if COVID-19 conditions are safe enough to resume gatherings. The class schedule is below:

January 5: Introductions, CTA overview, and Greenlink services
January 12: Operations and safety, Transit Center virtual tour, and Greenlink's new technology
January 19: Finances, capital needs, and maintenance facility discussion and virtual tour
January 26: Service change procedures, bus stops, and route planning
February 2: Transit Development Plan and other community efforts
February 9: Group takeaways and graduation

Apply by Saturday, October 31 at midnight


Citizens Transit Academy 2019 Class


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