Snohomish County and Community Transit hope gift cards are a good enough incentive for you to ditch your car to take the bus to work.

The Curb the Congestion program is expanding this month in the effort to ease gridlock on key arterials in the county. The program is also in place to help alleviate the need for expensive road expansion. Participants are asked to log onto to track miles traveled by bus, carpool, vanpool, bike, or on foot.

That makes you eligible for a $50 gift card for gas or REI, or for a voucher toward transit or vanpool fares.

The program is expanding to two new corridors:

  • 196th Street between Edmonds and I-5
  • Bothell-Everett Highway between 128th Street and downtown Bothell.

That's in addition to:

  • 128th Street between Everett and Mill Creek
  • 164th Street SW/SE between Lynnwood and Mill Creek.

Curb the Congestion began in 2008 when Snohomish County declared the unincorporated area along 164th Street between Highway 99 and Mill Creek to be at ultimate capacity, meaning the road would not be widened to accommodate more vehicles.

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