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Text Your Commute Challenge

Text Your Commute registration is now closed. The program is scheduled to reopen in Autumn 2020

You can start the Text Your Commute challenge anytime! Your challenge will run for three weeks after you start. For additional information, read through the challenge rewards, eligibility and program rules below.

Text START to 925-905-TRIP (the program is closed at this time)

Do you currently drive alone? Are you tired of sitting in traffic? Try out a different commute and get rewarded with the Contra Costa Text Your Commute Challenge!

The Challenge is a fun and exciting opportunity to explore alternative modes of transportation to get to/from work. Qualifying modes; carpooling/vanpooling, public transportation (bus, train, ferry), walking or bicycling. You can even use ride share apps such as Lyft Line, Uber Pool, or Scoop (just not single-passenger rides).

How do I get started?

  1. Text START to 925-905-TRIP (925-905-8747)
  2. You will get daily texts at 10am and 7pm asking you about your commute for the next three weeks
  3. Respond by texting your commute using up to two of the following numerical codes separated by spaces (e.g. 1 4):
  • 1 – Carpool
  • 2 – Transit
  • 3 – Ride Share App
  • 4 – Walk
  • 5 – Bike
  • 6 – Drive alone
  • 7 – Other

If you no longer wish to participate in the challenge, text STOP to 925-905-TRIP.

How does it work?

For three weeks, you’ll get two texts a day (10am and 7pm) asking how you made your commute. You get a point for each ‘clean-air’ one-way trip you make – carpooling, vanpooling, taking public transit, walking and cycling all qualify.

You can start the Text Your Commute Challenge any time. Your challenge runs for three weeks, beginning on the day you start.

Challenge Rewards Tiers:

  1. Gold: $50 Minimum of 24 clean one-way trips
  2. Silver: $25 Minimum of 16 clean one-way trips
  3. Bronze: $10 Minimum of 8 clean one-way trips

Upon completion of the challenge, awards are delivered through a digital Visa cash card, which can be used for any online purchases just like any credit or debit card, provided by our vendor OmniCard (www.omnicard.com). Rewards take about four weeks to fully process after you have completed the challenge. They are delivered via email through OmniCard.

Challenge Eligibility:

  • You live or work in Contra Costa County, and
  • Are 18 years or older, and
  • You would otherwise drive alone to/from an employment location, and
  • You have a cell phone with the ability to text.

Program Rules:

  • One person per household is eligible to receive an incentive.
  • Do not text while driving.
  • Any text messaging fees that you incur will still apply and be billed on your individual mobile provider bill.
  • This incentive program is available only for your home-to-work commute and/or work-to-home commute.
  • During registration, it is important that you enter your CORRECT email address. Upon completion of the challenge, participants who are eligible for prizes will receive them via email.  Any prizes that do not reach the participant due to inaccurately provided information will not be replaced.
  • 511 Contra Costa may request verification of the information you provide.
  • Falsifying any information will disqualify you from all 511 Contra Costa programs and promotions.
  • 511 Contra Costa reserves the right to make any changes to or terminate this challenge at any time without prior notification.

If you have any issues or questions regarding the challenge, email creilly@511contracosta.org

By submitting your registration you agree to the following terms and conditions:

I hereby certify that I qualify for the Contra Costa Text Your Commute Challenge by traveling to and from my workplace by carpool, vanpool, public transportation, walking or bicycling. I, on behalf of my heirs, successors, or assigns, hereby release, indemnify and hold harmless my employer, the West Contra Costa Transportation Advisory Committee, and 511 Contra Costa, from any and all claims, and demands of any kind whatsoever, including but not limited to, any liability for personal injury, loss, theft or damage to my personal property, loss of income, consequential damages resulting from delays or absence and/or termination of the service. Furthermore, I understand that if I incorrectly use this service I may be restricted from 511 Contra Costa promotions. 511 Contra Costa does not charge a fee for text messaging service. While we do not charge for this service, we are not responsible for any charges from a person’s service provider that may result from our providing this service. It is the user’s responsibility to check with their individual carrier, as standard messaging and data rates may apply. 511 Contra Costa assumes no responsibility for charges incurred by signing up or participating in the Contra Costa Text Your Commute Challenge. Any text messaging fees that you incur will be billed on your individual mobile provider bill.