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Triangle Residents Urged To 'Try Transit' This Week

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Triangle residents are being invited this week to consider public transportation as a commuter option.  Local and regional systems are taking part in "Try Transit Week" hoping to get people out of their cars and on a bus to work or play. 

 Capital Area Transit is offering special events every day to entice new riders.  Lindsay Pennell handles marketing for the Raleigh bus service.  She says over the years they've been able change some people's transportation choice.
"We show them..oh, you live really close to this bus stop," Pennell says.  "You can try and take it.  We give them resources on how then can call our call center and check their bus online and by their phone and after they've tried it, they realize and they've told us how convenient it is for them and how it saves them so much money."

Part of Capital Area Transit's week-long observance will be a Rider Appreciation Day on Thursday.  All passengers who take CAT buses that day will ride free.  Transit systems in Cary, Chapel Hill and Durham are also participating, as well as Triangle Transit and the Wolfline on N-C State's campus.

Gurnal Scott joined North Carolina Public Radio in March 2012 after several stops in radio and television. After graduating from the College of Charleston in his South Carolina hometown, he began his career in radio there. He started as a sports reporter at News/Talk Radio WTMA and won five Sportscaster of the Year awards. In 1997, Gurnal moved on to television as general assignment reporter and weekend anchor for WCSC-TV in Charleston. He anchored the market's top-rated weekend newscasts until leaving Charleston for Memphis, TN in 2002. Gurnal worked at WPTY-TV for two years before returning to his roots in radio. He joined the staff of Memphis' NewsRadio 600 WREC in 2004 eventually rising to News Director. In 2006, Raleigh news radio station WPTF came calling and he became the station's chief correspondent. Gurnal’s reporting has been honored by the South Carolina Broadcasters Association, the North Carolina Associated Press, and the Radio Television Digital News Association of the Carolinas.
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