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Car-free Living

We know there are some of you out there, who, like us, have considered it – car free living. Wouldn’t it be fantastic to eschew the expense of your car (purchase price, registration, insurance, traffic and parking tickets, maintenance, etc.) and live, well, off the grid (kind of).

If only Tacoma’s transportation system were more conducive to this kind of major, life altering decision you say. Well, that’s exactly the type of change we’re working on here at Downtown On the Go.

Meanwhile, we are looking for those of you who have kicked your car to the curb, reduced to one family car from two, or would consider doing either should a car sharing company come to town. Email us at info@downtownonthego.org and tell us your story. We may just contact you with some convincing incentives to help encourage you to try car free living choices such as these.

Check out these resources to see how much you could save each by kicking your car to the curb:

Unsure why you should consider kicking your car to the curb? Click here to find out 101 Reasons to Kick Your Car to the Curb.


And of course, we must first say – for the sake of our conscience – that driving alone costs a lot, pollutes our air and water, and wastes limited resources.  Just take a look at the graph below:

Driving Costs 2

*Graph based on information from the Victoria Transport Policy Institute

There, we said it. Now, read on to find out how to make it a little easier.

  • Want to hear from other downtown commuters?Click hereto read case studies from everyday commuters like you.
  • Interested in having Downtown On the Go and Pierce Transit talk with your employer about possibilities for employer provided transportation benefits? Put in a good word by passing along our web address, email us at and we’ll do the convincing for you.
  • Still got questions? We’ve got answers. Check out our FAQ’s page where we give the lowdown on questions real commuters ask.



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