New City Program Promotes Public Transit

The City of Savannah and Chatham Area Transit unveiled a new City employee discount program Friday aimed at encouraging public transportation and reducing fuel and travel costs.

On Friday, Dec. 19, Mayor Otis Johnson presented the City’s first Half Off Transit (HOT) Pass to the first City employee who signed up for the program. Through the program, the City of Savannah will pay for half the cost — $22.50 — of a monthly CAT bus pass for City employees. The $22.50 employee share will be automatically deducted pre-tax from the employee’s paycheck. The HOT Pass will reduce employees’ tax liability, save the employee money on gas and other transportation costs, and promote environmental sustainability.

The HOT Pass offer is part of the City’s larger Thrive initiative, a plan that aims to reduce City Government’s carbon footprint 15 percent by the year 2020. Surveys show that City of Savannah employee commutes account for 14 percent of the City Government’s total carbon footprint.

Chatham Area Transit officials, who will be at the event, hope to use the City’s HOT Pass program as a model for other large employers in the Savannah area.

For more information, contact the Public Information Office at 651- 6410.

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