BY MATTHEW JOHNSON AND ZACH SHANER
Washington’s annual statewide commuter incentive campaign, Wheel Options, kicks off today. The prizes this year are particularly generous, with many $100 gift cards, several hotel packages, and a grand prize trip to the lush, linguistically unique, and (to put it mildly) independently-minded Basque region of Spain. All participants who log at least 6 non-driving trips in October will qualify for all prizes and will automatically receive a coupon for a free companion fare on Amtrak Cascades.
As its name suggests, RideshareOnline (RSO) has traditionally focused on matching commuters whose needs aren’t met by fixed-route transit, including carpoolers, vanpoolers, etc. Those who are already dedicated transit commuters — likely most of our readership — may have had little use for RSO in the past. But it has been expanding its reach and is now the primary tool through which incentive campaigns are implemented in our region. Given the easy qualifying threshold for Wheel Options and the growing number of other incentive campaigns (such as Metro’s Rideshare Rewards), it is well worth your time to familiarize yourself with both Wheel Options and RideshareOnline.
If you already have an RSO account, you will use the same login and password for Wheel Options. Registering as a new user through Wheel Options will also cross-register you in RSO, and for future campaigns you will be able to use the same login credentials.
UPDATE: According to Wheel Options’ Facebook page, high site traffic has temporarily disabled their calendaring features. Stay tuned.
UPDATE 2: Wheel Options’ calendar is up and running again. While they do not anticipate any further issues, technical support is available at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Disclaimer: The authors are involved with Wheel Options as part of their employment.