I Drive I-25 participant James S on LNX

I Drive I-25 participant James S on LNX

James S. is an I-Drive I-25 participant.  In late 2016, James tried the LNX thanks to our I Drive I-25 program.  Smart Commute followed up with James, who kindly shared his experience.

I enjoy my morning ride especially; I can grade papers if I want or relax with an audio book. I have also made new friends.  

Smart Commute: Tell us about your commute before I Drive I-25.

James S: It was rough.  I live in Berthoud and work Downtown. The early morning scrum can be scary and/or tedious but always unpredictable.

SC:  What is your new commute like?

JS: Much better, though my ride depends on my schedule @ two different jobs. I go from Longmont 8th & Coffman PnR to Union Station, then take the Mall/Metro ride to work. My other job I have to drive.

SC: What was the biggest barrier to starting this new commute?

JS:  My own ignorance.  I thought having my car at all times gave me greater freedom.

SC:  What are the advantages of your new commute?  

JS:  HUGE drop in stress. I enjoy my morning ride especially; I can grade papers if I want or relax with an audio book. I have also made new friends. Not being trapped in nightmare gridlock (both ways) is rewarding. My overall commute time has also dropped. I grew up here; I am so thankful Denver FINALLY figured it out! 🙂

SC:  What are the disadvantages of your new commute?

JS:  Can’t go everywhere I need to. That has more to do with my schedule than RTDs.

SC:  Would you recommend this commute to others?  Why/Why Not?

JS:  How not? It is easy, always on time, less stress and the right thing to do.

SC:  How long is your commute, in miles?

JS:  My drive from home to Longmont 8th & Coffman PnR is 10 miles, PnR to Union Station is 45 miles. I always take the LNX.

SC:  If you had to write a Haiku about your commute, what would you write?  

JS:  (This is my first Haiku … and you should know that Steve is my driver)

Steve brings morning Zen

Think, listen, work, chill, be grateful

My car is thankful

 

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Smart Commute can cover the cost of your first five trips on the LNX if you are currently driving solo on a portion of I-25 – check out our I Drive I-25 Program!