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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor

SUBJECT: City’s One Less Car Challenge and Federal “Cash for Clunkers” Program Give Seattleites a Choice

6/26/2009  5:30:00 PM

City’s One Less Car Challenge and Federal “Cash for Clunkers” Program Give Seattleites a Choice
Two car programs that help the environment and stimulate the economy

SEATTLE - Seeing clear benefits for the environment and the economy, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) welcomes the federal government’s new Car Allowance Rebate System, also known as the “Cash for Clunkers” program. Seattle residents will now be able to choose between the Cash for Clunkers program and Seattle’s One Less Car Challenge, SDOT’s existing effort to persuade residents to sell a car and drive less.

The two programs both encourage drivers to help the environment by selling their car. Cash for Clunkers, signed into law Wednesday by President Obama, encourages citizens to replace an old car with a new, more fuel efficient one, while the One Less Car Challenge encourages citizens to drive less by reducing the number of cars they own. One Less Car participants use other transportation choices more often, such as walking, biking, and busing, which helps fight climate change.

The two automobile programs also help the economy. Cash for Clunkers provides $3,500 to $4,500 toward the purchase of a new car with better gas mileage, while One Less Car provides over $400 in incentives such as gift certificates for transit passes, discounts on bike club memberships and Tiny’s Organic produce. By owning fewer cars, One Less Car participants save about $7,000 per year which they can spend on other goods and services. (source: AAA)

One Less Car participants report a better quality of life because they save money, walk and bike more often, and reduce their stress. Jackie Craver of Wallingford describes her experience this way, “I'm saving a lot of money since I got rid of my car. I like that I'm riding my bike more often, even in the winter. I've changed my habits and am better for having One Less Car... and so is Seattle!”

Find out more about these programs.

The One Less Car Challenge is an ongoing program launched in 2003. It is one of SDOT’s “Way to Go, Seattle!” family of programs to encourage more walking, biking, transit use and carpooling.

The Seattle Department of Transportation builds, maintains and operates Seattle's $12 billion transportation infrastructure. To further Mayor Nickels’ goal to get Seattle moving, the department manages short- and long-term investments in streets, bridges, pavement and trees, that better connect the city with the region.

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