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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. We reward those who actively participate in the Try Parking It Program by offering redeemable points for giveaways, store discounts, and more!


Q: Where can I find more information about carpooling, vanpooling, telecommuting, and transit options in general?

Please check out our Resources page and Commuters page for commute descriptions, local transit agency information, and more. Also, feel free to email any questions to TryParkingIt@nctcog.org.


Q: What if I forget my password?

Don’t worry, we can email you a password reset link by submitting a request on our Contact form.


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?

Send a quick email to TryParkingIt@nctcog.org, and we can assist you with this request.


Q: How often can I to log my alternative commute?

Every day! The more you log, the more points you can redeem to use towards rewards. Please also note that if you use multiple modes during your commute (i.e. bike, transit, carpool), you will be able to log all parts of your trip in a single entry.


Q: Can trips such as for recreation, shopping, etc be logged?

Definitely. You may log trips under the following categories: Commute, Personal, or Business.


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.