C-TRAN and other transit agencies across Washington are celebrating Ride Transit Month throughout June. That means we’re also celebrating you, the people who ride and support public transportation in this community. Not a bus rider? Ride Transit Month is a great time to try it out, learn the ropes and take advantage of the many benefits that come with using transit.

Save money. Regularly using transit and living with one less car can save hundreds of dollars in your family’s budget every month. Instead of paying for gas, parking, vehicle maintenance and other expenses, let someone else do the driving and put some money back in your pocket.

Save the planet. Transit is an environmentally friendly transportation option. Single-car commutes—and the resulting traffic congestion – emit a huge amount pollution into the air every year. Transit is a cleaner, greener choice that reduces carbon emissions by reducing the number of cars on the road.

Win prizes! C-TRAN is partnering with the Transportation Choices Coalition to offer great prizes to local transit users in June. Just take the online pledge to support public transportation by riding three times during the month, log your trips, and you’re entered. You’re eligible to win whether you’re a regular rider, or just getting started. Take the pledge and learn more at www.ridetransitmonth.org.

On Thursday, June 7, C-TRAN will celebrate Ride Transit Day by saying thank you to our riders throughout the day. We’ll also be handing out free coffee and gifts to show our appreciation. Look for C-TRAN staff at Fisher’s Landing Transit Center and 99th Street Transit Center from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m., and at the Vancouver Mall Transit Center from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Help us spread the word: If you’re on Instagram or Twitter, use the hashtag #rideCTRAN and tell your friends why you ride. Or just tell the world why you love transit.