Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Is air quality really a concern in North Texas?
The North Central Texas region is currently in an Ozone Nonattainment Area. Ten counties within our region have been designated as nonattainment for the 8-hour ozone, meaning the air quality in the area is in violation of the national 8-hour ozone standard and therefore unhealthy to breathe as defined by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) http://www.epa.gov/ozonedesignations.
Q: What is the goal of the Try Parking It website?
The Try Parking It Web site is a part of NCTCOG's Employer Trip Reduction (ETR) Program. The ETR Program's goal is to reduce the number of commuter trips to work. Currently there is no system in place to account for the number of commute trips reduced when people utilize alternatives to driving alone to work. By tracking this information, NCTCOG is able to calculate the amount of air quality emission reduced and the number of miles saved. The Try Parking It Web site was designed to track these commute trips. The Website is open to the public to use on a voluntary basis. Some employers offer incentives to their employees to utilize alternative commute solutions; please check with your employer to find out what programs they may have in place. NCTCOG works closely with interested employers who wish to offer their employees commuter benefits including alternative commute incentives.
Q: Where can I find more information about carpooling, vanpooling, telecommuting, and transit options in general?
Please check with your employer to see which alternate commute programs they may have in place. Some even offer incentives to their employees for participating in these programs. NCTCOG works closely with interested employers who wish to offer their employees alternate commute incentives. If you would like more information about these and other topics visit the Travel Demand Management page on the Transportation section of this site. Here you will find definitions, suggestions, alternative commute information, and a variety of helpful information regarding travel and commuting.
Q: What if I forget my password?
We can email you your password using our Forget Password? feature available here and on the homepage. Please enter the email address you used when creating your account.
Q: Who administers Try Parking It?
The North Central Texas Council of Governments administers the Try Parking It web site. The Try Parking It Web site is a part of NCTCOG's Employer Trip Reduction (ETR) Program.
Q: How can I be an Employer Administrator my company?
Go to "My Commuter Profile" and fill out the form under the For Employers box. NCTCOG will finalize the registration and send a confirmation via email.
Q: How often can I to log my alternative commute?
The Try Parking It program allows users to log their alternative commute on a daily basis. Users can also log their commute for the previous two-week period.
Q: Can trips such as for recreation, shopping, etc be logged?
No. At this time, we are only tracking work commute trips.
Q: Why should I use alternative commutes to single occupancy vehicle driving? What's in it for me?
By using alternative commutes to single occupancy driving, you help to reduce congestion and help improve air quality in our region. Not only are you doing your part to improve air quality and reduce congestion, you also have a chance to relax or have time to read or perform other sedentary activities while someone else is doing the driving for you. If you are within walking or biking distance from your commuting destination, then you can tone your muscles, lower or control weight and cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of heart disease. Whether you allow others to drive for you or you ride your bicycle to work, in the end you are reducing stress and improving your health.