CAC, TIP programs still going strong at Robins Published Oct. 5, 2012 By Jenny Gordon Robins Public Affairs ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. -- When it comes to using Mass Transportation, Robins employees continue to find ways to make a difference. During fiscal 2012, base commuters saved more than $800, 000, while reducing 800 tons of pollutants and avoiding 1 million vehicle miles driven on base. Robins workers continue to use the BiRD (Buses into Robins Daily), which is offered by the Macon-Bibb County Transit Authority. The service had just 214 riders when it began in November 2010; this past summer it averaged about 905 riders a month. Private vehicle riders are also looking into vanpool and carpool programs as alternative ways to get to work. The transit options are aligned to the Clean Air Campaign, a non-profit organization that works with more than 1,600 employers, partners, commuters and schools to encourage ways to reduce traffic congestion and improve air quality. Programs and resources such as the use of commute alternatives, statewide incentive programs and campaigns that reach more than 300 schools and school districts help promote awareness, and saves Georgians more than $150 million every year on gas and vehicle expenses. If you ride transit, carpool, vanpool, bike or even walk to work, you can visit the CAC website and click on Commuter Rewards to learn about this valuable program. There is cash available for commuters, as well as other rewards and prizes. You can also view a match list of potential carpoolers in the area. As part of its efforts in the last several years, Robins has been recognized with the AFMC Gen. Thomas D. White Natural Resources Conservation Award, AFMC Gen. Thomas D. White Environmental Quality Award, and runner-up for the 2011 PACE Award. To learn more, visit www.cleanaircampaign.org. The Robins Transportation Incentive Program offers financial benefits to people who share rides in vehicles carrying six or more passengers. To learn more, contact Staff Sgt. John Rogers, TIP manager, at 926-4453.