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Meet new Smart Commute Executive Director Carson Priest, and more — read on!
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The Smart Commuter

March 2022

Meet Carson Priest, the New Executive Director of Smart Commute | Thank You Karen Stuart | Save Money on FuelSave the Date for Bike to Work Day | RTD Work on the N Line Crossing at 124th Avenue | Add Your Event to Smart Commute's Calendar | Smart Commute is Smarter with Social Marketing CertificateNews to Peruse — read on!
Hello! For those of you whom I haven’t had the pleasure of meeting, my name is Carson Priest and I’ve been working with Smart Commute as the Director of Program Management for three years.

I am a native of Franklin, Tennessee, and I graduated from Furman University with a Bachelor’s in Political Science. I then went on to complete my Master’s in Public Administration from American University.

While in Colorado, I had the ability to be a member of the 2018 Proposition 110 transportation funding campaign team, working on policy and outreach. As a now five-year Colorado resident, I'm committed to playing a valuable part in solving our region's traffic and air quality problem through the implementation of innovative TDM strategies.

As I step into my new role as Executive Director of Smart Commute, I must first give a resounding thank you to Karen for building this organization from the ground up over the past 10 years. As the premiere TDM and mobility “information, action and advocacy” organization in the north metro region, I am excited at the opportunity to continue to pursue impactful and life-changing work for the residents and commuters of our region.

As we look to the next 10-years there is an opportunity to seize positive momentum toward building more sustainable communities and lives by encouraging individuals and employers to consider their mobility choices through a sustainable lens.

I am thrilled to begin this work alongside our incredible team members, Catherine, Tammy, and Jeanne. The last ten years for Smart Commute have been nothing short of spectacular—and I know the next ten will be even more impressive!
Say "Hello" to Carson

The Smart Commute team gathered for a "staff meeting" at Lazy Dog on departing Executive Director Karen Stuart's last day.  

Smart Commute's Board and Staff have been privileged to work with Karen these past ten years. Her keen eye for policy and her vision for the north area has proved invaluable in the growth of our organization.  Under her direction, Smart Commute has matured in our action and advocacy into an expert partner in the north. Her guidance has had a profound impact on our operations, as well as on the heart of our organization.

We fondly say "farewell," although, as CDOT Transportation Commissioner for District 4, Commissioner Stuart will not be far away. 

Gas prices are skyrocketing, and while ideas abound for how to improve fuel efficiency while driving (hint:  don't drive like a crazy!), we have another great idea for improving fuel efficiency: parking the car. Carpooling is a great way to reduce fuel costs, even school-based carpooling.  The RTD N Line is a smooth ride and connects to transit across the region at Denver Union Station.  And, as the winter thaws, walking and biking are great ways to get around, and get a workout in.  

Save on fuel and give your car a brake!

Bike to Work Day is only three months away!  Save the Date:  Wednesday, June 22. 

Watch for event registration, an in-person Smart Commute Open House, and opportunities to partner by hosting your own station, signing up your company, or setting up a group ride!

In early March, RTD was working on the signal technology at the E. 124th Avenue crossing, adjacent to Eastlake & 124th Station.  Crews worked late hours to validate the technology using a test train through the crossing. Because of a federal requirement, train horns sounded through the crossing during this part of the work. But this work makes sure that the N Line runs efficiently, is on time, and is most of all safe for both passengers and the community.  Learn more on the RTD website.

Smart Commute is planning our 2022 Event Calendar.  Want some transportation know-how at your event?  Contact Us.

Smart Commute staffer Catherine Sanders recently received her Social Marketing in Transportation Certificate.  Social Marketing is not "social media," instead Social Marketing seeks to develop and integrate marketing concepts with other approaches to influence behaviors that benefits individuals and communities for the greater social good.

Watch for even more strategic and data-driven programming from Smart Commute in the future!

(Catherine is pictured above guiding a group of widows through Union Station from the N Line.)

News (etc) to Peruse

Ghost Train:  The Vote (CPR) Learn something about the history of FasTracks
Seattle Latest to Cut Transit Service for Lack of Drivers (Planetizen)

Teleworking is here to stay and may raise productivity if implemented appropriately (CEPR)

A brisk walk each day ‘slashes your risk of developing Alzheimer’s by a THIRD’ (US Sun)
Smart Commute is the Way to Go provider for the north metro area. Learn about this regional program at waytogo.org.
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