Here’s an opportunity to meet the staff! From time to time we’ll feature a Choose Your Way Bellevue staffer on the blog. They’ll share with you how they get to work and some tips and tricks for getting from place to place the greener way!
Transportation Program Coordinator
Hi there, I’m Jason Hampton, the new Transportation Program Coordinator for TransManage, a service of the Bellevue Downtown Association (BDA). Much of my role involves working with buildings in Bellevue, serving as the Employee Transportation Coordinator for Puget Sound Energy, and supporting everyone involved with Choose Your Way Bellevue.
I’m thrilled to be at the BDA and I am honored to be part of an enthusiastic team engaged in providing people with resources geared toward improving the quality of life in Bellevue. Last September, all the members of the Choose Your Way Bellevue team introduced themselves and described their commute in this blog. I may be late to the party, but I’m equally excited about what we do—and here’s how I got here!
Early last month when I joined the BDA, it was a given that I would commute by bus to and from Bellevue. While I often drive, my preferred mode of transportation is the bus. Prior to commuting to Bellevue, I frequently rode the bus to Seattle, Bellevue, and Kirkland for evenings out, sporting events, and while running errands.
However, riding a bus on a regular schedule is a new experience for me. I pick up the Sound Transit route 535 Express Bus at the Bothell Park-and-ride, just down the hill from my house. From Bothell, the 535 travels south on I-405, only stopping twice before arriving at the Bellevue Transit Center. I usually catch the bus at 6:43 a.m. or 7:13 a.m. on my way into the office. Typically the ride takes between 20 and 25 minutes, although one Friday morning it only took 14 minutes.
My morning commute usually consists of coffee, Crosscut, Twitter, and if there’s time Facebook. My ride home usually lasts about 35 minutes, but I value the time to relax and reflect on my day. By the time I get home, I’ve developed an action plan for the next day and I’m ready to spend time with my friends and family.