Don’t live close enough to a bus route to walk or bike to a stop? You’re buying what we’re selling about reading during your commute, catching a quick nap on your way to the office, or are trying to do your part to clean the air in the Triangle, but there is no bus service near your house? Try a Park-and-Ride! Sometimes starting from a park-and-ride lot makes a trip much, much faster and we have free Park and Ride lots in more than a dozen municipalities to make it easier for you to try a smartcommute – even if it is only for a portion of your trip.
So here is my scenario: I live 13 miles from my office. That’s 26 miles roundtrip on my car – everyday and 20 of those miles are on I-40, sitting in traffic in the afternoons just waiting to get onto Wade Avenue. If I walk the quarter of a mile to the bus stop, I have to backtrack from where I start to where I’m trying to get to, and still have to transfer. Total trip time comes in at an estimated 1 hour and 8 minutes. However, less than 4 miles from my house is a Park and Ride lot, that I can leave my car, catch one bus and cut 20 miles roundtrip off of my daily commute. It takes almost the same route I take to work, and make about 3 stops. In comparison, it’s only about 5 minutes slower than if I drove myself. But in the meantime, I’m reviewing work from last week and starting my day, reading the magazines I never have time to look through at home, listening to my iPod or whatever I feel like doing. The real payoff is in the afternoons when that 10 miles takes 20 – 30 minutes thanks to the traffic. Instead of blowing fumes and wasting gas, I’m saving money and using my time. I can even calculate how much gas and money I can save in a week – even if there wasn’t traffic slowing me down!
So stop and think about it – do you knit? Do crosswords? Love a certain podcast? Need more time to plan dinner or a dream vacation? Consider using a park and ride as a way to get more ‘me time’ out of your commute. And don’t worry about getting stranded at work – that’s what the Free Emergency Ride Home program is there for!
So check to see if one of the park-and-ride lots listed here will work for your trip, and then you can just click on that link and plan your trip from there! If you need any help, don’t hesitate to call (919) 485-RIDE where a real human being can help you out in planning your trip and getting you where you need to be on time.