Fri, Feb 17
I Drive I-25 participant Megan R on Vanpooling
Megan R. is an I-Drive I-25 participant. In late 2016, Megan made the switch back to vanpooling thanks to our I Drive I-25 program. Smart Commute followed up with Megan, who kindly shared her experience.
The commute, which can be longer on the way home given the congestion up in Northern Colorado, is enjoyable given that I can read, work, sleep, and laugh with the riders.
Smart Commute: Tell us about your commute before I Drive I-25.
Megan R: Prior to commuting to Denver, I was commuting to Longmont. I had actually started a vanpool for my Longmont drive and that was in place for about 6 months before I left that employer. Thankfully I was able to transition from that vanpool to my current vanpool and didn’t have to drive alone to my current employer in Denver.
SC: What is your new commute like?
MR: I was previously on the same vanpool when I worked in Denver four years ago, actually. There are three of the same riders from before and I enjoy getting to spend time with them in the van based on our relationships. The commute, which can be longer on the way home given the congestion up in Northern Colorado, is enjoyable given that I can read, work, sleep, and laugh with the riders.
SC: What was the biggest barrier to starting this new commute?
MR: Thankfully there was nothing since there were two open seats on my van!
SC: What are the advantages of your new commute?
MR: Being able to share driving, which allows me to sleep, work, and read on the days when I’m not driving.
SC: What are the disadvantages of your new commute?
MR: My employer doesn’t subsidize the commute at all versus my previous employer, which covered all by $10 of my fee! The cost is very worth it versus having to drive myself. There is also Bustang, which can be great if I need to stay late at work (or even get into work late); I don’t have to drive myself just because I have a late meeting.
SC: Would you recommend this commute to others? Why/Why Not?
MR: I would absolutely recommend getting on a vanpool. Driving to Denver everyday isn’t the most enjoyable thing in the world, and I love what I do and wouldn’t change that. There are so many options now for getting to and from Denver with the van, carpool lanes, and Bustang.
SC: How long is your commute, in miles?
MR: 62 miles each way!
CS: Roughly, where does your commute start and end?
MR: We leave the Harmony and I-25 park and ride at 5:50am and get back into Fort Collins a little after 5pm. It’s about 50ish minutes each way.
SC: If you had to write a Haiku about your commute, what would you write?
Shared driving and laughs;
sleeping, reading, and working;
pick vanpool for you!