Challenge Sponsors

We want to thank the following organizations for serving as 2018 Commuter Challenge sponsors. The challenge would not be possible without their generous contributions and time donated to promote the challenge.

The Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) is an association of cities, villages, townships, counties and regional organizations serving Central Ohio. It seeks to promote quality transportation alternatives to the Single Occupant Vehicle (SOV) with the goal of reducing congestion in the region and improving the air quality. MORPC’s Gohio Commute program offers free services to individuals and organizations seeking to find a smarter way to commute. Gohio Commute also administers the Emergency Ride Home (ERH) benefit, which pays 100 percent of cab fare to Central Ohio commuters who carpool, vanpool, ride transit or bike to work but must get home quickly in the event of an emergency or unexpected overtime. By partnering with other transportation service providers for the Commuter Challenge, MORPC aims to encourage Central Ohio commuters to try all kinds of alternative transportation options, with the hope that the modal shift will last beyond the Commuter Challenge!

The Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) is the regional public transit provider for Greater Columbus and Central Ohio. With a service area of 1.2 million residents, COTA provides more than 18 million passenger trips per year and employs more than 1,000 people. COTA operates throughout Franklin County and parts of Delaware, Fairfield, Licking and Union counties. For more information about COTA, visit or call (614) 228-1776.

Smart Columbus has a vision that starts with the reinvention of mobility, which will lead us to a future beyond what anyone has yet imagined. They are focused on improving people’s quality of life, driving the growth in the economy, providing better access to jobs and ladders of opportunity, becoming a world-class logistics leader, and fostering sustainability.

Enterprise Rideshare specializes in providing customized vanpool programs and commuter services for individuals and companies across the country. Enterprise Rideshare, a division of Enterprise Rent-A-Car, was founded in 1994 and has partnered with the MORPC Gohio Commute vanpool program by providing the program with its vans. Enterprises’ account management team manages vanpool programs that address both local and national needs by reducing traffic congestion and carbon emissions, while providing commuters with a smarter, better way to get to work.

Supportive Programs

A special thank you for the supportive programs who helped spread the word about the Commuter Challenge. We appreciate the sustainable contributions that you make in Central Ohio.

At the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, sustainability isn’t just a byword or convenient mission statement – it is integral to who they are and what they do. The zoo tracks its carbon footprint annually and is working every day to reduce its impact on the environment through reducing emissions, conserving water, reducing waste and increasing recycling and composting.

CoGo Bike Share is Columbus’ bike transit system operated by Motivate International. Intended to provide Columbus residents and visitors with an additional transportation option for getting around town, CoGo is not only convenient, but it truly gives you the best vantage point to soak in the culture, architecture, and vibe of the city! Since launching in July 2013, the network has expanded to 46 docking stations located throughout Downtown Columbus. Riders have taken more than 168,000 trips riding over 450,000 miles, collectively burning over 19 million calories and offsetting 305,000 pounds of carbon.

Lyft was founded in June 2012 by Logan Green and John Zimmer to improve people’s lives with the world’s best transportation. Lyft is the fastest-growing ridehailing company in the U.S and is available to 95 percent of the US population. Lyft is preferred by drivers and passengers for its safe and friendly experience, and its commitment to effecting positive change for the future of our cities.

The Downtown C-pass provided by Capital Crossroads Special Improvement District offers eligible downtown workers unlimited access to the entire COTA bus system thanks to the property owners within the Capital Crossroads Special Improvement District. The C-pass provides an innovative and cost effective solution to ease the downtown parking crunch and road congestion. Eligible employees enroll through their employer.