(KCPW News) Governor Jon Huntsman, Salt Lake County Mayor Peter Corroon and Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker gathered this morning in Salt Lake City to launch a new initiative aimed at saving energy, reducing congestion and improving air quality. John Njord, Executive Director of the Utah Department of Transportation, says the TravelWise program promotes ways to reduce congestion.
"We're encouraging businesses to consider alternate work hours, here in Utah we have congestion that peaks, its not congestion that last throughout the day, and if we can spread that peak by having discretionary trips taken in non-peak hours and then workers working flexible work schedules, we can spread that peak to the point where there is no peak," Njord said.
The program focuses on promoting more use of public transit, ridesharing and biking, and encourages businesses to create flexible workweeks and allow employees to work form home. The estimated energy savings would be 25 to 30 percent. Governor Huntsman hopes people will think about how they can personally help reduce traffic congestion and save energy.
"If you really want to make an impact on air quality, which in our state during certain days of the week is the worst in the country, then we all have to make a contribution we all have to consider and re-consider the way that we carry on our regular routine business and begin to do it a little bit differently. And that is all we are asking, just consider your place, you know, in life either as an individual or maybe running a small business, and see if there aren't ways that we can do business, transport ourselves a little bit differently," Huntsman said.
A new TravelWise Web site has been launched by the state government, click here to visit the site.