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Microsoft today announced an expansion of the Connector bus system into nine new neighborhoods in the Puget Sound region. The Connector is the company provided transportation bus system, which is free to ride for Redmond-based full-time employees. To date the Connector has provided more than 380,000 rides to 8,650 employees, and has reduced carbon emissions by 5.5 million pounds. With this expansion, estimates suggest the Connector will eliminate annually 6,730,020 employee car miles and 6,387,550 pounds (or 3,194 tons) of carbon emissions.
Launched in September 2007, this is the second expansion in 2008 and the system now operates 19 routes. With more than half the global workforce of Microsoft based in Redmond, the Connector is making a significant reduction in employee fuel consumption, greenhouse gas emissions and traffic for single occupancy vehicles. It’s estimated that each Connector rider can reduce about 30 pounds of carbon emissions each day. While Microsoft does not report the carbon emissions from its employees’ commutes on the Carbon Disclosure Project, by considering the impact of how our employees get to and from work, we are committed to making a significant impact to improve the environment and the area.
The company offers a number of commuting options like carpool, van pool and the Flexpass for Metro and Sound Transit, but as a Connector rider myself, this is a fantastic alternative for Microsoft employees and I’m glad to see it reaching more area regions. Not only is it smart for the environment, but the buses are Wi-Fi–enabled and equipped with AC power, so I can check mail or the Internet on the way to or from work.
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