Commuting Options: What to Consider

Commuting Options: What to Consider

If you are interested in becoming a smart commuter, the choices and options available to you might seem overwhelming.  This brief page will help you to start your research off right, and you’ll be able to better navigate the plethora of resources at your disposal.


  • Great for commutes of 5 miles or less.
  • Not great for commuters who need to cross major roads or geographical barriers (without a bike-friendly bridge or tunnel).
  • If you live near a major trail, you’ll be able to save time, and could commute longer distances by bike.
  • Visit Smart Commute’s Biking Resources Page

Riding Transit


  • Great for commutes of greater than 5 miles.
  • Great for commutes where there isn’t a direct or high-frequency bus route.
  • Great for commuters who know what their work schedule will be like the night before.
  • Visit Smart Commute’s Carpool Resources Page


  • Great for commutes of greater than 15 miles.
  • Great for commutes that end at major worksites, where there are more probable vanpool matches.
  • Not great for commuters who have a variable schedule.
  • Visit Smart Commute’s Vanpool Resources Page


  • Great for commutes of all lengths and from all places.
  • Not great for commuters who do not have a quiet place to work at home.
  • Teleworking requires an employer to have a teleworking policy in place.  Smart Commute provides free assistance to employers who want to explore teleworking.



Did You Know?

A great resource for looking at your options side-by-side is the regional commuter website, My Way to Go (  This site is designed to be a one-stop-shop for reviewing your commute options.  By entering your home address and work location, you’ll be able to see if there is anyone looking for a carpool partner, if there is a vanpool you could join, what your transit options are, and what biking or walking routes you could use.

As always, if you have any questions about this, feel free to contact Smart Commute.