Robert W.

20220915_070724Where do you work and what is your role in the company?

City of Sumner, Environmental Sustainability Specialist 

How far is your commute? How long does it take you each way? If you are teleworking, how long would your commute have been if you were commuting to the office?

Commute is ~ 14 miles one way. 

What is your commute mode and what made you decide to commute this way?

I ride an e-scooter to the train and ride the train to work. It was cost effective, enjoyable, and I don't have to sit in traffic.

What do you enjoy about your commute (or teleworking)?

Riding the scooter is a lot of fun. I replace a lot of my non commute trips with it too. I can also relax on the train. 

Do you have any interesting stories from your commute?

Not particularly interesting but I get questions about the scooter almost every time I ride it. 

Do you think you save money by commuting this way?

I've actually done the math on my MPG and compared it. If gas is under $5.38 a gallon, it's cheaper to drive before incentives. After incentives, the train ends up cheaper by ~$2 a day. 

How does your company help accommodate your commute option? (ex: bike racks, free bus pass, vanpool subsidy, flexible work hours, telework incentives, etc.)

The city's commute incentive is a 50% reimbursement of the train fees. The reimbursement process is kind of cumbersome though. 

Is there anything your company could do better to accommodate your commute option?

More reimbursement or some kind of automatic one would help. 

What would you say to your fellow employees to inspire them to try using a commute option other than driving alone in their car?

It can end up cheaper and you don't have to complain about traffic.