March 30, 2006
Navy helping Sailors save money, environment
by Photographer's Mate Airman (SW) Orlando Ramos,
Fleet Public Affairs Center, Pacific
CORONADO, Calif. (NNS) - Sailors and Department of the Navy employees can save money by participating in an innovative program that can reduce traffic and help the environment.
The Transportation Incentive Program (TIP) offers active-duty Sailors, Marines and DoN civilian employees vouchers to purchase monthly public transportation passes. The vouchers can also be used toward other transportation services, such as vanpools or commuter trains.
"Saving Sailors a lot of money, helping with traffic mitigation and cutting down on environmental pollution are the biggest benefits of the program," said Tom Wall, Navy Region Southwest transportation coordinator.
Wall said approximately 30,000 DoN personnel work at Naval Base Coronado, but only 3 to 4 percent of those eligible take advantage of the program. His goal is to enroll 10 percent in TIP.
"Lack of communication is the reason most people don't hear about the program, but that's not to say people aren't using it," said Wall.
According to Barbara Cooke, Navy Region Southwest Broadway installation TIP coordinator, there are more than 8,000 people in the San Diego area currently enrolled in TIP.
Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Fuels) 3rd Class Carol Kert said she saves money on gas and keeps mileage down on her car.
"I'm also in school, so it gives me time to study and read while in I'm on the bus or trolley," said Kert. "It takes a little longer to get to work, but I think it's worth it."
Different variations of TIP are available in all 50 states, Guam, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The program began as part of the Transportation Equity Act of the 21st Century.
Participants must use TIP a minimum of 13 days a month for travel to work to be eligible.
To sign up for this program, contact a local base representative or go online at www.fmo.navy.mil/services/tip/tip.htm to complete and submit a TIP application form. The enrollment process takes about one month.