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Each month we choose a trip-logger at random to share their commute story and receive a $100 REI gift card to keep up the momentum on their non-drive-alone commute. This month’s winner is Kim B. who takes the bus from Kent to Bellevue when she goes into work, but also telecommutes at least once a week (taking no trip also counts as a non-drive-alone trip!). Here’s her story:

“I have been commuting by bus since 2003 and just in the last couple of years have added working from home.  I bus to work because traffic is awful, I can multitask while on the bus and it saves me money.  My work pays for my bus pass, so it is a great solution for me.  Working from home has been a blessing as well.

I enjoy spending time with my family, friends and my pets.  We spend time with our 11-year-old golden retriever by taking her to the ocean, lakes and the mountains to play in the snow.  We also have two kitties that we adopted and keep us busy.  We also like to travel a few times a year to tropical destinations and more recently, trying to see all 50 states.

I recommend taking the bus to work for anyone doing the I-405 commute.  It saves wear and tear on your vehicle, money for gas and also less chance of an accident in your car.”

Thanks, Kim!

Would you like to be the Choose Your Way Bellevue Mover of the Month? Log at least eight non-drive-alone trips on your calendar and you’ll automatically be entered into the drawing for next month.

-Choose Your Way Bellevue Staff

Monday, April 9th, 2018 12:49 PM | by admin | Add a Comment

Although I normally ride the bus to work (here in Downtown Bellevue), I will drive in once in a blue moon when I need a car for some reason. Every time I have to drive to Downtown Bellevue, it drives me nuts.

I commute from Mercer Island and while the driving time is similar, when you factor in having to find a parking spot, not being able to use the carpool lane, and having to walk from the parking garage, it’s actually much faster for me to just hop on and off the bus.

I’m not saying that it will be faster for everyone to take public transit. I know that I’m one of the lucky ones in this sense. However, there are so many great reasons to take public transit even if it makes your commute a little more complicated. If you look into it, you might even find that your commute is made easier by not driving.

Here are some of the reasons why I love taking the bus: 

  • Helps the environment – I log my commute online and only halfway through March, I’ve already saved 3 gallons of gasoline and 40 pounds of carbon! That’s 960 pounds of carbon in a year!
  • Helps my wallet – My commute log shows that I’ve saved $19 so far this month by not driving – by the end of the month I’ll have paid for my coffee for the month! My job pays for my ORCA transit pass so the savings are even better (ask your employer if they subsidize transit – you’ll find that a lot of them do)! On top of that, I’m not putting wear and tear on a car by driving it.
  • Increases personal time – Since I don’t have to focus on driving, I can focus on other things! My commute can be spent catching up on the latest podcast, checking my email, reading a book, or (as often happens) sneaking in some extra sleep! It’s so nice not having to focus on the road.
  • Free rewards – just for logging your non-drive-alone commute or committing to reduce drive-alone trips, you can get entered to win free stuff through Choose Your Way Bellevue Rewards and Just One Trip (ex. REI gift cards, Amazon gift cards, gas cards, bus passes and more!) You also get monthly discounts to local restaurants and businesses. There are lots of options for bus riders as well as people who use other forms of commuting (vanpool, biking, etc.). Sign up now – who doesn’t like free stuff?

Tips to Get Started:

“When you’re sitting in your car complaining about traffic, just remember – you are traffic.” – a brilliant coworker of mine 

Emma, Choose Your Way Bellevue Staffer

Thursday, March 22nd, 2018 2:33 PM | by admin | Add a Comment

Beginning September 2018, the Rainier Freeway Station will be closed due to East Link light rail construction on the Judkins Park Station. The following routes will be affected until operation begins in 2023:

Sound Transit: 550 and 554
King County Metro: 111, 114, 212, 214, 216, 217, 218, 219

While these routes will continue to serve downtown Seattle, they will either bypass the Rainer Freeway Station or serve stops at different locations on Rainier Avenue. Routes that serve Rainier Avenue from the Eastside will exit I-90 at Rainier, and continue downtown via surface streets. There will be no changes to bus routing on the Eastside.

To learn about the changes to I-90 routes and to plan ahead, go here.

-Choose Your Way Bellevue Staff

Wednesday, January 24th, 2018 2:46 PM | by admin | Add a Comment

When I began working in downtown Bellevue a few months ago, I thought that commuting from Ballard two hours round trip each day by bus would be a nightmare. It turns out that by just focusing on being productive during that time, I appreciate and even enjoy my time on the bus.

What could you get done? Click for image source.

Here is a list of things that I do that make my commute feel worthwhile:

  1. Get Ahead

I find that the bus is a great place to start thinking about outlining a productive day before the stress of actually being at work kicks in. I check my email and clear my inbox on the bus so that I have one less thing on my plate at the office. I take a notebook with me, so that if I have a writing task or want to make a to-do list, I can take care of it and feel like I’m already ahead of the game.

  1. Read a Book

I love to read, but for the past few years I found myself only being able to settle into a good book when I was on vacation. Since I started commuting by bus, I’ve found that it’s the perfect way to pass the time and do an activity I enjoy. Since I have that time morning and night, I’m able to get through monstrous books that I normally wouldn’t have the patience to finish, like Crime and Punishment, which I finished last month, or War and Peace, which I’m currently working on. I don’t even have to carry the books during my commute since I read them on my phone.

  1. Listen to podcasts/TED Talks

An activity that I find really helps me pass the time without effort is listening to a favorite podcast. They can be downloaded so that you’re not using data on the commute, and before you know it you’re at your destination and have maybe even learned/heard about something cool to share with coworkers.

  1. Learn a new language

There are dozens of free language learning apps available, and commuting can provide the perfect time to activate your brain and make daily progress.  I decided to start using Duolingo to learn Spanish. I wasn’t expecting much, but after a few months using the app only on the bus, I’m now 51% fluent! I wholeheartedly believe I would not have made that progress if I had chosen to drive instead of taking the bus.

  1. Sit Back, Relax and Unwind

Sometimes, I just need to unwind after a long day, and my commute gives me the perfect opportunity to do that. I find that listening to mellow music, staring out the window at the beautiful northwest views, and deep calming breathing can help me feel relaxed and re-set.

At Choose Your Way Bellevue, we want to make sure you’re getting the most out of your commute. Learn more about how and why you should Choose the Bus today!

Want to share your commute story? Email us!

Choose Your Way Bellevue Staff

Monday, December 18th, 2017 1:50 PM | by admin | Add a Comment

If you’ve thought about changing up your commute but feel overwhelmed about where to start, why not let the team here at CYWB do the work? Just fill out a commute inquiry and we’ll personally search for the most convenient option for you. Tell us what your work hours are, where you plan to travel to/from, and which transit options you’re interested in. We’ll give you detailed instructions for getting from point A to point B, whether you’re walking, busing, carpooling, vanpooling, or any combination of those. We’ll also send a Bellevue bike map your way if you prefer to travel on two wheels.

Which route is right for you? Image: Amazon.com

Part 1 of 2*: We’re Here for Commuters Like You

Last month, “K” from Seattle used a commute inquiry to find out the best way to get to work in downtown Bellevue from her home in Seattle. She decided she’d had enough of sitting alone in traffic and wanted to know if she could find a worthy alternative by bus. She had no idea that there was an ideal bus line which has a stop less than a block from her door! Thanks to the CYWB commute inquiry, she now knows that she can easily get to work or back home in about 40 minutes by either taking two Sound Transit buses, or combining the bus with Link light rail. We provided her with step-by-step directions for which line and direction to take, and where to walk to and from each stop. We also recommended she use her ORCA card to save time and money during her commute, which she can also use with King County Metro. K no longer has to stare at an endless line of single-occupancy cars or take the time to find a parking spot at work. She is now a happier commuter thanks to CYWB.

Interested in checking out your customized commute plan? Fill out your CYWB commute inquiry today.

*Be on the lookout for part 2, where we’ll address how we can help with commuting situations that might not have such a simple solution.

-Choose Your Way Bellevue Staff

Wednesday, November 29th, 2017 12:59 PM | by Paige Anderson | Add a Comment

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