Posted on September 5, 2006

Natural foods chain wants members to dig into ‘organic transportation’

King County Metro Transit and Seattle-based PCC Natural Markets take sustainable shopping a bit further

The largest consumer-owned natural food co-operative in the United States is teaming up with one of the greenest public transportation systems to fight global warming and pollution at the grass-roots level.

The King County Metro Transit and Seattle-based PCC Natural Markets want shoppers at the natural grocers’ eight stores in the Northwest to make a difference and improve the quality of life in their neighborhood by taking the bus, walking, bicycling, or even sharing a ride.

Metro and PCC said for members that take the pledge to leave their cars at home and try alternative forms of transportation for six months will be rewarded with a $5 PCC gift card if they complete the end of program survey.

PCC members will also receive handy tips and transit information via newsletters, the web and through in-store advertising.

“King County couldn’t ask for a better inaugural partner than PCC to help Metro launch its new ‘Partners in Transit’ program,” King County Executive Ron Sims said in a press release. “This program will allow residents throughout King County to add real down-to-earth meaning to the broader policies and executive orders we are putting in place to reduce the harmful greenhouse gases that cause global warming. Just as consumer demand transformed the production of organic food, we can make a commitment here at home to change a climate.”

The Partners in Transit Program complements the growing list of actions being taken by Metro to increase ridership while reducing harmful greenhouse gas emissions.

More than half of Metro’s buses traveling the streets and highways of King County are now burning a 20 percent mix of biodiesel along with Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel.

When combined with the agency’s fleet of hybrid buses, electric trolleys and the cleanest burning regular diesel available, Metro is fast becoming the greenest transit agency in the nation.

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