SEMCOG Encouraging Single Occupant Vehicle Drivers to Switch My Trip

Take a new way to work from July 25 to 29 to improve air quality and for a chance to win prizes

SEMCOG, the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments, announces Switch My Trip, a five-day event that encourages single-occupant-vehicle drivers to try an alternative commute.

“Utilizing an alternative mode of transportation on your daily commute helps to improve our air quality and can create numerous other benefits,” explains Kathleen Lomako, Executive Director, SEMCOG. “We invite everyone who drives alone to try a different way to work.”

The benefits of taking an alternative commute include:

  • Reduced congestion on our roadways,
  • Less stressful and safer trips,
  • Decreased personal driving expenses, and
  • Achieving a decreased carbon footprint with a “greener” commute.

“Commuter assurance” is also available to walkers, bikers, carpoolers, and vanpoolers through the Guaranteed Ride Home program. Commuters who sign up have extra security knowing that a safe ride home is always available even in an emergency.

SEMCOG will award prizes to winning participants in Southeast Michigan who switch from driving alone to sharing a ride to work between July 25-29. Participation includes carpooling and vanpooling, using public transportation, walking and biking, and making use of flextime and telecommute benefits. Participants are entered for a prize drawing that includes an iPad and various gift cards. The first 300 people to sign up will receive a free slice of Buddy’s pizza.

To assure prize eligibility, commutes must be logged no later than 6 p.m. on August 2, 2016. Current alternative commuters can participate by referring a friend to Switch My Trip and by using #SwitchMyTrip on Twitter.

For more information, visit Switch My Trip.


SEMCOG is the only organization in Southeast Michigan that brings together all governments to solve regional challenges and enhance the quality of live for the seven-county region’s 4.7 million people.
To learn more about what SEMCOG does, click here.