Archive for December, 2010

King County Metro Transit has announced several fare changes that will take effect on January 1, 2011.
The changes apply to both single bus trip fares and transit pass products. These fare increases are one of many approaches that Metro is using to help ease the effects of a budget shortfall. 

Here are the highlights you should know about:

  • 25¢ increase in adult fares (Fares for passes and ticketbooks will also increase)
  • 25¢ increase in Access fares (Monthly passes will also increase to $45)
  • Monthly/Annual Reduced Fare Pass will officially be replaced with PugetPass
  • Weekend Day Pass and Sunday/Holiday Family Fare eliminated
  • Youth fares and will remain unchanged
  • Cash fares will remain at 75¢ for seniors and those who qualify for reduced fare (Monthly passes will be going up);
  • Metro-only annual and monthly reduced fare passes will no longer be sold in 2011 (Existing passes will continue to be valid until they expire)

To find out more about how to purchase an ORCA card, visit, or call 1 (888) 988-6722.

For more information about upcoming the Metro fare adjustments, visit

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010 3:57 PM | by admin | Add a Comment

Michelle Goodman, author of the “The Anti 9-to-5 Guide” and the primary contributing writer of the Nine to Thrive blog on, may have some of the best telework tips around.

If you’re planning to speak with your boss soon about this increasingly popular alternative commute option, check out these posts where Goodman offeres insight (and some scientific proof!) that you can use to make your telework case stronger:

If you’ve experimented with teleworking or have done it for years, comment below and let us know how about your experience. What resources were most helpful in making the switch?

Friday, December 17th, 2010 4:58 PM | by admin | Add a Comment

Does 520 tolling have you worried about your commute? If you don’t already take transit, carpool or vanpool across the lake, now is the best time to look into other travel options. There will be 130 additional daily bus trips added to the 520 corridor and carpooling or vanpooling will be great alternatives for some commuters. Learn about Washington’s Good to Go! all-electronic tolling system and how you can be ready by spring 2011 by watching the video below:

Friday, December 10th, 2010 11:53 AM | by admin | Add a Comment

No one likes being stuck in traffic, yet 3 out of 4 US commuters drive alone. Single occupancy vehicles (SOVs) increase traffic congestion, parking demand and pollution, and make everyone’s commute longer and more stressful.

You can make a difference by joining go520, the world’s first large-scale real-time ridesharing community. Become a beta user now and you could earn $60 before Christmas, and up to $240 before June 2011. Beta users simply have to use the driver application between now and Christmas, in advance of the official January launch. There are no riders in the system until January so it is the perfect time to get familiar with the application, and get paid for it! Click the I’m Interested button on the go520 website to find out more.

What is Real-time Ridesharing?

Unlike traditional carpools, which must be arranged in advance, real-time ridesharing allows you to share a ride whenever you want, from wherever you happen to be. go520 is powered by Avego Shared Transport, a ridesharing application that dynamically matches drivers and riders in real time. Shared Transport manages your rideshare from pick-up to drop-off, is safe and easy to use, and is already used by thousands of commuters in over 65 countries around the world.

For more information, visit

Friday, December 3rd, 2010 3:03 PM | by admin | Add a Comment




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