Beginning on December 7th, the Piedmont Authority for Regional Transportation (PART) will begin operating a daily express bus service between Mocksville and Winston Salem. A temporary “Park and Ride” lot will be utilized in the Mocksville Wal-Mart parking lot until construction of the permanent facility is completed. Initially the service will include stops at both major hospitals in Winston-Salem and a stop in downtown Winston Salem. A more detailed schedule will be published by PART in mid-November and will be available on the PART web site at www.partnc.org. Perhaps the best way to get the schedule information as soon as it is published is to sign up for the PART newsletter.
A “Green” Mission – The PART mission statement reads: “Our mission is to enhance the quality of all forms of transportation for each of our citizens through efficient use and protection of our natural, economic and human resources.” One of the center-pieces of the environmentally responsible mission of PART is the TDM, or “Transportation Demand Management” program. The goal of the TDM program is to reduce vehicle miles traveled (VMT) and reduce emissions by encouraging people to try alternative forms of transportation such as carpooling, vanpooling, biking, walking, and telecommuting.
Impressive Results – in Fiscal Year 2009 alone, TDM efforts reduced Vehicle miles travelled by 17.7 million miles and Nitrogen Oxide (NOx) by 43.8 tons. To achieve its TDM goals, PART serves as a resource to employers and individual commuters.
Employers in Davie County are encouraged to contact PART to explore implementing any of several PART TDM programs including car-pooling, van-pooling, ride-sharing, etc. These programs are designed to help businesses attract talent from a broader geographic region while reducing costs for both employers and employees in environmentally friendly ways.