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
- Great if you live near a direct route to work (find out by typing in your home and work address here).
- Or, great if you live or work near a high-frequency route and can use a local “feeder” for a short connection.
- Not great for commutes if you need to transfer between two or more low-frequency routes.
- Visit Smart Commute’s Transit Resources Page
- 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.
- Great for commutes of two miles or less.
- Not great for commutes that do not have access to a safe route or sidewalk.
- 30 minutes of walking will help you burn 140 calories.