Bridget R talks up Commute Benefits

Bridget R talks up Commute Benefits

Bridget works for Amazon DEN3 in Thornton. During the months of May and June, through a partnership with the Denver Regional Mobility and Access Council, Bridget received several Uber Vouchers, allowing her to continue getting to work while RTD’s services were limited under the COVID service plan.  Bridget shares her experience below, and the support she received due to the 144th and Wagon Road FlexRide and it’s program manager, Jeanne.

I really appreciate the 144th FlexRide service and hope it lives beyond the grant, because without it, people who work north of Wagon Road Park-n-Ride have no affordable options. 

My name is Bridget R. I live in Englewood and work at Amazon DEN3 four days a week. I pay about $150 a month for daily tickets to take an hour‐long commute by trolley, C Line and then 120x to get to Wagon Road Park-n-Ride before even getting on the 144th FlexRide to get to work. I also take public transit to get anywhere I need to go. Before the 144th FlexRide, traveling for an hour each way, every day, only to get to Wagon Road Park-n-Ride and not have any way to get to work was frustrating, so I really appreciate the 144th FlexRide service and hope it lives beyond the grant, because without it, people who work north of Wagon Road Park-n-Ride have no affordable options.

I also used Smart Commute’s Uber program this summer and hardly used the 144th FlexRide while using it because it was faster and worth it to me. The program allowed me to sleep in before going to work for my 10‐hour shift on my feet and gave me the freedom to take overtime shifts and work on Sunday since the shuttle doesn’t run on Sundays either.

Using Uber during the COVID lock‐down was really helpful because RTD’s limited transit service has increased my already long commute to work and everywhere else in the area. Without the Uber codes, I easily pay $30 each trip or $60 every day just to get to work, so it isn’t affordable for me. But with Smart Commute’s Uber program, I only had to pay about $5 each way. I also liked the fact I could use the Uber program for other trips like shopping and medical needs.

Because I have such a long commute every day to work, I would be interested in programs that make it a lot cheaper and convenient to get to and from work, including help paying for transit passes and another Uber program.

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