Try Transit Month 2020

Try Transit Month is part of an ongoing initiative to educate Greenville County residents about the economic and environmental benefits of public transit and encourage citizens who don't typically use public transportation to ride Greenlink.

Man exiting a Greenlink bus

TRY TRANSIT EVENTS

The events and promotions listed below are designed to make participating in Try Transit Month educational, convenient and fun!

VIRTUAL STORY TIME WITH A BUS DRIVER

Grab the kids and gather around your favorite digital device for our “Story Time with a Bus Driver” series! The videos are available on YouTube and feature Greenlink bus drivers reading children’s books about buses and transportation. 

KINDNESS ROCKS SCAVENGER HUNT

The Kindness Rocks Project is an international movement that encourages people to decorate rocks with inspirational messages and leave them in random public places for people to find. Greenlink bus drivers and staff have joined the movement, creating and hiding their own rocks at Greenlink bus stops. 

Throughout the month of October, Greenlink customers who spot the rocks are encouraged to share pictures on Twitter, tag @RideGreenlink, and use #GreenlinkRocks in the Twitter post to be entered into a drawing for a free 31-Day Unlimited Ride Pass! Tweets must be posted by October 31 to be entered into the drawing.

CARPOOL KARAOKE

Calling all music lovers! Greenlink is putting together a playlist of the best transit-themed songs. Once it’s compiled, we’ll share the playlist on YouTube so you can sing along during your transit commute! Click here to submit your ideas and be entered into a drawing for a free 31-Day Unlimited Ride Pass! Song suggestions must be submitted by October 31 to be entered into the drawing. For inspiration, check out this Greenlink Karaoke video!

GREENVILLE ON THE MOVE: TRANSIT IN GREENVILLE COUNTY, THEN AND NOW

Since downtown Greenville was home to horse stables and hat makers, the means of travel available to people has determined our community’s patterns of growth. Join us to learn about the history of Greenville and how its residents have moved within it, from carriages to streetcars to buses to SUVs. We’ll also look at what the future might hold and how transit can continue to play an important role.

GREENLINK STAFF VIRTUAL MEET & GREET

Grab a coffee and get to know the people behind the scenes at Greenlink. What do their jobs look like day-to-day? How did they get into the transit industry? What positions does Greenlink have open? Learn the answers to these and other questions during this virtual session.

UPSTATE MOBILITY ALLIANCE: RURAL TRANSIT VIRTUAL PANEL DISCUSSION

  • Date: Monday, October 26, 2020
  • Time: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Registration required by Thursday, October 22: https://conta.cc/3ibzlMP

Join the Upstate Mobility Alliance’s Public Transit Task Force for a virtual Q&A with rural transportation providers and non-profits from Maine, Georgia, Minnesota, and Ohio. Hear about the partnerships they’ve created with other organizations in their communities and find out how they got started and how their services operate.


OTHER MEETINGS:

NEW PASSENGER ORIENTATION 

  • Thursday, October 8, 2020
  • 12 p.m. or 5:30 p.m.

Greenlink is offering its passenger orientation virtually. Learn where Greenlink goes, how to plan a bus trip, board the bus, and pay your fare, and more. Register here (required).

GREENVILLE-PICKENS AREA TRANSPORTATION STUDY (GPATS) POLICY COMMITTEE 

  • Monday, October 19, 2020
  • 10 a.m.

GPATS will gather elected officials from around the region to address transportation plans, projects, issues, and opportunities. Watch the live stream here.

GREENVILLE TRANSIT AUTHORITY (GTA) MEETING

  • Thursday, October 22, 2020
  • 12:30 p.m.

The GTA Board of Directors meets monthly to make Greenlink-related decisions. Watch the virtual meeting live here. The password for the meeting access is meetnow.

CITIZENS TRANSIT ACADEMY APPLICATIONS

  • Date: Applications are due Saturday, October 31, 2020
  • Time: The application will close at midnight
  • Application 


Greenlink's Citizens Transit Academy is a free, six-week program designed to offer Greenville County residents a unique opportunity to learn about public transportation and the opportunities and challenges facing Greenlink. Up to 30 people will be selected from the pool of applicants and classes will be held virtually on Tuesdays from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. An option to meet in-person may be available if COVID-19 conditions are safe enough to resume gatherings. The class schedule is below:  

January 5: Introductions, CTA overview, and Greenlink services
January 12: Operations and safety, Transit Center virtual tour, and Greenlink's new technology
January 19: Finances, capital needs, and maintenance facility discussion and virtual tour
January 26: Service change procedures, bus stops, and route planning
February 2: Transit Development Plan and other community efforts
February 9: Group takeaways and graduation

The deadline to apply is Saturday, October 31 at midnight.