This week the Travel Options Ambassadors for SmartTrips Pleasanton have been in training. What’s SmartTrips Pleasanton? It’s a project along Santa Rita Road and Owens Drive in Pleasanton where residents will have a chance to chat with the Travel Options Ambassadors about walking, biking and the Rapid bus system in the area. It all happens in a few steps.
The first step is a door hanger that announces the coming arrival of the Travel Options Ambassadors. It’s a great way of saying we will be in your area soon and would love to stop by. It also gives those who are not interested an opportunity to touch base.
The second step is a quick visit by the Travel Options Ambassadors who have checklist so they can return at the convenience of the resident with travel information that is of interest to the resident (such as I want to learn more about biking in the area or about the Rapid buses).
The final step is the actual visit with materials ordered by the resident. The materials might include custom, easy to use maps, specially made brochures, a fun gift, and other items. Most importantly, the resident can ask a Travel Options Ambassador to help them learn more. For example, if a resident travels daily to BART for work and wants to learn about the Rapid bus system, a Travel Options Ambassador can give the resident a Clipper Card, help them understand how the Rapid works, and can even take that first ride or two with the residents to show them how easy and convenient it is to ride.
SmartTrips Pleasanton is funded by a grant from the Metropolitan Planning Commission. It’s a very friendly, easy way to understand the wide variety of travel options that can be fun, healthy, possibly save you time and money, and are environmentally friendly!