Commuting Options: What to Consider

Commuting Options: What to Consider

If you are interested in becoming a smart commuter, you have a number of choices and options available to you — but they don’t have to be overwhelming. This page will help you start your research off right and better navigate the plethora of resources at your disposal.


  • Great for commutes up to 5 miles
  • Not great for commuters who need to cross major roads or geographical barriers (without a bike-friendly bridge or tunnel)
  • Living near a major trail could mean saving time and commuting longer distances by bike
  • Visit Smart Commute’s Biking Resources Page

Riding Transit


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


  • Great for commutes longer than 15 miles
  • Also great for commutes that end at major work sites (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
  • Best when an employer has 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 find others looking for a carpool partner, whether 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, feel free to contact Smart Commute.