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May 12, 2010



Minnesota Department of Transportation
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Try it! Commuter Challenge Week starts June 7


ROCHESTER, Minn. —Area commuters are challenged to try bussing, biking or car pooling during Commuter Challenge Week, June 7 –11.


“A 15-mile commute in an average car costs at least $60 per month in gas alone,” says Jean Meyer, Minnesota Department of Transportation transit project manager/planner. “Add in parking fees and car maintenance costs and you’re likely shelling out more than $200 each month just to get to work.”


MnDOT is working in cooperation with the city of Rochester, local businesses and other organizations to promote alternative transportation opportunities and encourage community members to “Try It” during Commuter Challenge Week 2010.


Rochester residents and the surrounding area commuters can pledge to “Try It” by committing to use alternatives to driving alone to work for at least one day during 2010. By signing up, commuters are qualified to win the grand prize of two round trip tickets on Amtrak to Grouse Mountain Lodge in Montana, in addition to many prizes donated by local businesses. Pledge forms are found at www.rochesterbus.com.


Commuter options include biking, busing and carpooling; but walking, jogging, riding motorcycle and telecommuting also qualify. Commuting just one day a week reduces traffic congestion, saves gas, helps the environment and relieves an already stressed downtown Rochester parking environment.


The drawing will be held June 11 and everyone who makes the pledge online at www.rochesterbus.com by 1 p.m., June 10 is eligible.


Thursday, June 10, from 6:30 a.m. – 8 a.m. participants are encouraged to stop at the 2010 Commuter Challenge Morning Rally at the Rochester downtown bus stop (Second Avenue and Second Street) or the Second Street and St. Mary’s bus stop to visit with elected officials and enjoy free refreshments.


For bus route information log on to www.rochesterbus.com or call Rochester City Lines at 507-288-4353.






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