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Hardly. But Metro is advising bus commuters  to expect “crowded buses, snow routing, and delays during the Wednesday evening commute“. Looking out our office window in Downtown Bellevue there isn’t much sign of snow at all. In fact the sun is peaking through the clouds. But that could all change by tonight’s PM commute according to the City of Bellevue’s website:

“The city could see an additional 1 to 3 inches citywide and 2 to 4 inches in the South Bellevue hills prior to Wednesday’s evening commute, with snow and freezing temperatures continuing Wednesday night into Thursday morning. The extended forecast indicates that snow should taper off Thursday afternoon, with clearing and cold temperatures into Friday.”

Seattle’s SDOT crews are also preparing for the worse. According to a City of Seattle news release:

As of 4 a.m., ten snow plows will hit the streets in the north sector of Seattle and eight plows will move into action in the south sector. Starting at 9 a.m., SDOT will go into a full 24-hour response plan to keep roads open, buses moving and critical emergency services accessible.”

So what is a commuter to do when everyone seems to be awaiting a snowmageddon? Use your best judgment. Whether you have a cross-lake commute, are heading south or north, it’s best to get home safely while the roads are still clear. The conditions are expected to worsen into the evening, so the earlier you leave the better. If your employer allows you to work from home for the last few hours of your day, take advantage of this benefit. And don’t forget to check Metro’s Alerts Center to see if your bus is on emergency snow routing before you leave.

Be safe and good luck out there!

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011 4:41 PM | by admin | Add a Comment

Way to Work BellevueHave you ever heard of getting paid for trying a new commute? Didn’t think so. With Way to Work Bellevue , a new online commute incentive program, you could potentially earn up to $60 in gift cards to places like REI, Brown Bear Car Wash, Gregg’s Cycles, The Walking Company, Chevron and more! The deadline for signing up is Friday, February 18, so get on board while you still can! Here are the details:

Currently drive alone? Pledge to try a new way of getting to work and take these steps:

1) Fill out and turn in the Way to Work Bellevue sign up form.

2) Look for your sign up confirmation email containing a promotion code. 

3) Register on RideshareOnline.com.

4) Join the Way to Work Bellevue network. Search “Way to Work” under “Profile > My Networks” on RideshareOnline.com. Enter promotion code to join.

5) Begin logging your non-drive-alone commute trips on RideshareOnline.com’s trip calendar.

Just for pledging to try a new commute and registering on RideshareOnline.com, you will automatically receive a $10 gift card! Log 25 days or more of round trip non-drive-along commutes and you will automatically receive a $25 gift card! Monthly drawings for $50 gifts will also be made in February, March and April for those who continue to log their trips at least 3x per week. 

Already ride the bus, carpool, vanpool, bike or walk to work? Pledge to continue commuting the way you do:

1) Fill out and turn in the Way to Work Bellevue sign up form.

2) Look for your sign up confirmation email containing a promotion code. 

3) Register on RideshareOnline.com.

4) Join the Way to Work Bellevue Commute Pros network! Search “Way to Work” under “Profile > My Networks” on RideshareOnline.com. Enter promotion code.

5) Begin logging your non-drive-alone commute trips on RideshareOnline.com’s trip calendar.

Just for pledging to stick to your non-drive-alone commute and registering on RideshareOnline.com, you will automatically receive a $10 gift card! Monthly drawings for $50 gifts will also be made in February, March and April for those who log their trips at least 3x per week!

So what are you waiting for – sign up for Way to Work Bellevue today!

Friday, February 11th, 2011 5:21 PM | by admin | Add a Comment

Are you interested in telework but have questions about how a work from home program could be successfully implemented at your company? Choose Your Way Bellevue works with telework expert Rick Albiero, CEO of the Telecomuting Advantage Group (TAG). Submit your telework questions to our expert here, or read on for previous Q&A’s requested publicly on the Telework Bellevue Ask an Expert page. And be sure to check back for more telework questions and answers from our expert. The Q&A’s are featured here on the Choose Your Way Bellevue blog on a monthly basis.

Question 4:  We are concerned about data security and the amount of traffic our Intranet system can handle. Is this typically a major investment that companies need to make associated with telecommuting?

Rick’s Reply: The technology that supports telework/telecommuting programs has not only become much less expensive over the last several years, but it is also much more robust, user-friendly, and in many cases does not require the purchase of new hardware. Financial and health institutions have found that these systems are robust enough to meet federal requirements.  We also work with several architecture and engineering companies that have no problem with data security needs or handling very large drawing files. Other benefits of these systems are that they track and control access to files, provide file revision control and allow employees to be productive while travelling, working remotely and at client sites. Microsoft, Citrix Online, Adobe and other software providers offer online collaboration tools that support teleworkers at a very low price point. If you have more specific questions or would like additional information feel free to contact TAG.

Friday, February 4th, 2011 5:57 PM | by admin | Add a Comment

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