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Santa Monica's 'One Car Challenge' Offers Cash to Cut Congestion
October 02, 2023

Are you a Santa Monica resident tired of the never-ending traffic jams and the hassle of managing multiple cars in your household? Well, City of Santa Monica has a solution for you! In collaboration with LA Metro, Santa Monica's "One Car Challenge" offers an enticing opportunity to adopt eco-friendly transportation habits while putting some extra money in your pocket. Big Blue Bus offers a car free alternative to households participating in this challenge.

What is the "One Car Challenge?"

The "One Car Challenge" is a groundbreaking pilot program set to kick off in November, to incentivize 200 Santa Monica residents to rely on only one car per household. This initiative is a part of Santa Monica's ongoing efforts to reduce traffic congestion, promote eco-friendly transportation alternatives, and contribute to a more sustainable future.

How Does It Work?

If you qualify for the "One Car Challenge," you'll receive a weekly stipend for your commitment to using just one car during the challenge period. The program offers payments of up to $119.80 per week, totaling $599 per household over the course of five weeks. Imagine what you could do with that extra cash in your pocket!

Who Can Participate?

To be eligible for this exciting opportunity, Santa Monica residents must meet the following criteria:

  • Multiple Cars: You must have two (2) or more vehicles in your household.
  • Age Requirement: Participants must be at least 21 years old.

This program is a chance for households with multiple vehicles to consolidate their car usage and contribute to reducing traffic congestion in Santa Monica.

Additional Perks

In addition to the monetary incentive, selected participants will receive extra benefits to make their transition to a single-car lifestyle even smoother. You'll receive a free TAP card loaded with a $50 stored value, which can be used to ride Big Blue Bus. A single ride on Big Blue Bus is just $1.10, when you pay with a TAP card. On top of that, you'll enjoy five to ten free rides on the Metro Bike Share program, encouraging you to explore eco-friendly and healthy commuting alternatives.

Act Fast - Application Deadline Approaching

The deadline for applications is Friday, October 6. Seize this chance to make a positive impact on your community, reduce traffic congestion, and earn some extra income along the way. Apply today!