May 14, 2013
Temporary move for last stop on Route 421 Effective Thursday, May 16, 2013, the last stop on northbound Route 421 (located on eastbound Grove Street, just east of Cedar Aven...
Apr 25, 2013
As of Friday, April 26, 2013, Stop #1518 at southbound Hwy 99 & Gibson Rd. will be permanently relocated due to a WSDOT construction project that begins Monday, April 29. ...
Apr 8, 2013
The baseball season has arrived! When the Seattle Mariners play weekday home games at Safeco Field, buses into and out of Seattle are often delayed. The delays may get worse...
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Saving money, saving time, saving the environment, enjoying the trip to work rather than dreading it... these are all reasons why one out of five Puget Sound area commuters carpool, vanpool, bus, bike or walk to work or school. Click on the links above to learn about your transportation options. You might be surprised at how easy it is to find a better way to work or school!
In a carpool, you'll save time by using the HOV lanes and you'll save money by splitting those gas bills. Carpooling may also lower your insurance premiums; check with your agent for details. Your employer may even provide you with benefits like a carpool subsidy or preferential parking.
Best of all, carpooling is flexible. The driving duties, schedule and route are all up to you!
Starting or joining a carpool is easy. First, if you work for a large employer that participates in the Commute Trip Reduction Program, contact your Employee Transportation Coordinator (ETC) for information about the carpool incentives your company offers. Your ETC may also know of co-workers looking for carpool partners.
Or you can visit RideshareOnline.com. RideshareOnline.com is Washington State's online ridematching system and it puts you in direct control of your daily commute. With just a few clicks you have instant access to others who are interested in sharing the ride. You can also call (888) 814-1300 to get your information entered into the database.
A vanpool is a group of 5-15 commuters who ride to work together in a van provided by Community Transit. The Puget Sound region has the most vanpools of anywhere in the country, proving how convenient and efficient it is to share the ride. Visit our Vanpool page for a list of current vanpools operating to and from Snohomish County.
If you cross Puget Sound on your way to work, you'll love the priority loading that vanpools receive on our local ferries!
Vanpoolers pay a monthly fare based on their roundtrip mileage, the size of their van and how many riders are in the vanpool. This fare covers all maintenance, fuel and insurance costs. A van wash allowance helps your group keep its vehicle clean.
Vanpoolers can sometimes receive discounts on their personal auto insurance; check with your agent for details. Your employer may even offer financial subsidies or preferential parking for vanpool groups.
Feel good about your commute! One vanpool can remove up to 14 vehicles from the road each day. In fact, Puget Sound area vanpoolers eliminate more than 11,000 vehicles from the region's roads daily.
Learn more about Vanpooling, call Community Transit at (425) 348-7194 or email vanpool at commtrans dot org. We'll help with everything from finding members for your vanpool to getting your van on the road and every step in between.
Let us do the driving for you! Riding the bus can be a convenient alternative to your daily commute. Community Transit, Everett Transit, King County Metro Transit and Sound Transit serve Snohomish and King counties, providing many options for riders.
To find out what bus to take for your next commute to work, try our online trip planner.
Take advantage of subsidized passes or other benefits your employer may provide. See your Employee Transportation Coordinator (ETC) or ask your Human Resources department about benefits at your company.
Take a stand against traffic. A full bus can remove over 40 cars from our congested roads.
Park & Ride and Park & Pool lots offer free, convenient locations to leave your car and catch a bus or meet your carpool or vanpool partners. There are numerous lots throughout Snohomish County. Find the park & ride nearest you or contact Community Transit at (425) 353-RIDE (7433) or (800) 562-1375.
You can also combine your bike commute with a bus ride. All regional buses are equipped with a rack that will hold most two-wheel bicycles. Racks are available free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis.
Follow these simple steps for a smooth ride: Plan to arrive at the marked bus stop a few minutes before the scheduled arrival time. Pay the fare with exact change, an ORCA card or a pre-purchased ticket or pass. When you approach your destination, signal the driver by pulling the bell cord or pressing the strip near the windows. It's that easy!
If you work for a large employer, contact your Employee Transportation Coordinator for bus schedules. You can also call Community Transit at (425) 353-RIDE (7433) or (800) 562-1375 or email us at riders at commtrans dot org. We're happy to help you plan your trip.
If you live within several miles of your workplace, biking or walking a few days a week can be a great alternative to traffic hassles and commuting costs.
Commuting under your own steam is virtually cost-free, while owning and operating your own car can cost as much as 74 cents per mile (based on AAA's 2010 Driving Cost Analysis).
Best of all, you'll be on the road to fitness, burning calories, strengthening your heart and relieving stress all on your way to work, without starting up your car! You, and the air you breathe, will be in great shape!
Bike to Work Day and the Bike Commute Challenge are great ways to give bicycling to work a try. See our Bike to Work page for many resources, and our Bikes on Buses page for maps, bike lockers and more.
A great way to get started is to connect with a buddy... there's safety in numbers! Your Employee Transportation Coordinator or Human Resources department may know of other employees who bike or walk to work and would be willing to share advice and routes.
Contact your local bicycle club or ask other employees who bike or walk what route they take. Consult a retailer about what equipment you'll need.
Check with your Employee Transportation Coordinator about worksite services for bikers and walkers. Many companies provide lockers, showers, bike racks and other amenities to their employees.
Employees who compress their 40 hours of work into less than five days take trips off the road and gain flexibility. Employees may work "4/10s" (four 10-hour days), "3/36" (three 12-hour days) or "9/80" (80 hours worked in nine days, with the tenth day off) or flexible schedules that avoid peak commute times.
There are advantages to both the employers and the employees with compressed work week schedules:
Check with your employer to see if Compressed Work Week is an option for you.
Work from home or a location closer to your home and save time and money. Teleworking can result in higher quality work at a lower cost. It empowers people to work independently and have greater control over their lives. That's why many experts are calling teleworking a significant new work arrangement for the millenium.
Telework increases a company's ability to recruit and retain the best employees. Many companies are feeling the pressure to improve their bottom line by doing more with less. Employees can more easily balance the demands of their work and home lives.
Many tools are available to help begin a telework program at your worksite.
Ideally, teleworkers have jobs that can be completed satisfactorily even when the employee is not always on site. They frequently live far from work, require a lot of time in the field or spend much of their time at a computer.