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.

 

 

WALK

 

BIKE

  • PRO: Great for commutes up to 5 miles
  • PRO: Living near a major trail could mean saving time and commuting longer distances by bike
  • CON: Not great for commuters who need to cross major roads or geographical barriers (without a bike-friendly bridge or tunnel)

 

TRANSIT

  • PRO: Great if you live near a direct route to work
  • PRO: Also great if you live or work near a high-frequency route and can use a local “feeder” for a short connection
  • CON: Not great for commutes if you need to transfer between two or more low-frequency routes

 

CARPOOL

  • PRO: Great for commutes longer than 5 miles
  • PRO: Also great for commutes where there isn’t a direct or high-frequency bus route
  • PRO: Ideal for commuters who know what their work schedule will be like the night before
  • CON: Not the best option for commuters who work odd hours

 

VANPOOL

  • PRO: Great for commutes longer than 15 miles
  • PRO: Also great for commutes that end at major work sites (where there are more probable vanpool matches)
  • CON: Not great for commuters who have a variable schedule

 

TELEWORK

  • PRO: Great for commutes of all lengths and from all places
  • CON: Not great for commuters who do not have a quiet place to work at home
  • Smart Commute provides free assistance to employers who want to explore teleworking

 

Did You Know?

Check out mywaytogo.org to compare your commute options side by side. My Way to Go 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 potential carpool partners, vanpools you could join, likely transit options, and possible biking or walking routes you could use.

As always, if you have any questions, feel free to contact Smart Commute.