Cache Valley riders cash in to improve air, win prizes

<strong>LOGAN—</strong> Aggie Shuttle, Cache Valley Transit District and the Cache Chamber of Commerce are sponsoring the Cache in for Clean Air program, which will run until the end of the month. The contest encourages residents to use buses instead of cars during the inversion-heavy months of January and February by offering prizes from local businesses.

“The idea behind it is it’s a community event to promote awareness about the importance of maintaining air quality and the use of alternative transportation,” said Randy Park, manager of marketing and planning for CVTD. “It also promotes local businesses.”

CVTD and Aggie Shuttle riders participate by receiving raffle tickets from bus drivers each day they ride the bus. They can fill out and take the ticket to any one of 26 participating vendors, including Walmart, Lee’s Market, USU Campus Store and Mountain America Credit Union.

A drawing will be held the first week of March, with each vendor offering prizes or gift certificates worth at least $100. Winners will be notified by phone or email and have 30 days to collect their prize.

Alden Erickson, bus operations supervisor for Aggie Shuttle, partnered with CVTD to promote the contest on campus, He says there has been a great response from participating businesses.

“The vendors have been very gracious and easy to work with,” Erickson said. “We just call them up and they are more than happy to donate and get involved.”

Park said free advertising and exposure is a big draw for businesses to participate in the Clean Air program, but it also provides them an opportunity to give back to the community.

“They like people coming through their door to support their business,” Park said. “Hopefully, when you go turn in your ticket and enter to win the $100 prize, you will patronize their business. Even if you don’t win, many of the businesses will offer discounts and coupons to those who participate.”

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