Triangle residents are being invited this week to consider public transportation as a commuter option. Local and regional systems are taking part in "Try Transit Week" hoping to get people out of their cars and on a bus to work or play.
Capital Area Transit is offering special events every day to entice new riders. Lindsay Pennell handles marketing for the Raleigh bus service. She says over the years they've been able change some people's transportation choice.
"We show them..oh, you live really close to this bus stop," Pennell says. "You can try and take it. We give them resources on how then can call our call center and check their bus online and by their phone and after they've tried it, they realize and they've told us how convenient it is for them and how it saves them so much money."
Part of Capital Area Transit's week-long observance will be a Rider Appreciation Day on Thursday. All passengers who take CAT buses that day will ride free. Transit systems in Cary, Chapel Hill and Durham are also participating, as well as Triangle Transit and the Wolfline on N-C State's campus.