Find People to Share the Ride One way to explore carpooling and screen potential driving partners, is to request their names and organizations, then call to verify employment. Second, if you don't know a potential 'pool partner’ from work or word of mouth, set up a meeting in a public location, like a coffee shop or cafe to get acquainted. Set up a brown bag luncheon at work for people who live in your zip code area to get acquainted and investigate carpooling or vanpooling.
Mix It Up You don't have to use the same commute mode five days a week. Some people only bicycle mid-week or part of the way, catching a bus or driving to a park-and-ride. Some carpoolers ride together when they can and use the bus if they have to work late or an Emergency Ride Home program if they have a personal emergency. Telecommuting, especially, lends itself to part-time, as-needed use.
Ask for Commuting Programs If your employer does not have a commuting program or does not encourage a commute/work option that would fit well for you, it never hurts to ask! Research the topic (on your time) and provide a business case for implementing a commuting program, transit subsidy or work options. If you can show a benefit to your employer that exceeds any costs, progress can't be too far behind.
Ride the Wave and Let Metro Get You There Remember that many bus routes have stops in between the major time points shown on King County Metro and Sound Transit bus maps. Call Metro Transit’s Rider Information Services at 206-553-3000 for detailed information regarding both Metro and Sound Transit Routes.
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