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CARPOOL
My schedule changes often so I don’t want to be tied down with a carpool partner. Is there anything I can do to not drive alone?
*That may not be a problem. First, most employers offer a Guaranteed Free Ride Home for carpoolers in case of working late or an emergency at home. Plus, RideshareOnline.com allows you to choose which work hours you normally have day by day, so don’t be surprised if someone shares the same crazy work hours as you. And finally, pick a few days to have a set schedule and carpool those days. You don’t have to do it everyday to make a difference!
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BICYCLING / WALKING
I live on a big hill, so biking is not really a good option for me. What can I do?
*We feel your pain. However, there are lots of solutions to this common problem. Try putting your bike in your car and driving down to a spot where the ride is mostly flat, like the entire Sammamish River Trail, the most highly used commuting trail in Redmond. You may be using your car, but you’re still helping the environment, saving money, and getting exercise. Also try biking the way downhill and then taking a bus, carpool, or bike-rack equipped Vanpool on the way back up the hill.

I am a little hesitant to start biking and am afraid of showing up all sweaty at work. How can I avoid this embarrassment?
*This is a common worry. Luckily, nearly every company in Redmond has at least a couple of bicycle commuters. These seasoned commuters can help answer any questions you have, plus you’ll feel comfortable knowing that others shared your fears. In terms of sweatiness, many worksites have onsite showers and lockers. If they don’t, contact the GRTMA about possibly getting a grant to help build some of these facilities.
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BUS / TRAIN
I hate waiting for the bus, so what can I do to avoid this?
*So do we, but thanks to new technological innovations, you don’t really need to wait for the bus anymore. All area buses are fit with GPS locators that you can track real-time online so you’ll know exactly where your bus is at all times. That way, you don’t need to leave home or work until you know the bus is close. Go to http://transit.metrokc.gov/oltools/tracker.html.

The bus doesn’t come close to my work or my house; can I still find a way to ride?
*A bus may not come too close to your home, but a Park & Ride lot or bus stop is usually a short drive or bike ride away. In terms of proximity to your worksite, almost all Redmond worksites are within short walking distance of local and regional bus service. And for those commutes that require an undesirable transfer, most worksites are located near the flat Sammamish River Trail or 520 bike trail that can take you from a bus stop straight to work.

My schedule changes often so I don’t want to be tied down with a bus schedule. Is there anything I can do to avoid this?
*Yes! First, most employers offer a Guaranteed Free Ride Home for transit users in case of working late or an emergency at home. Additionally, try picking a few days to have a set schedule and ride the bus or train those days. You don’t have to do it everyday to make a difference!
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VANPOOL
My schedule changes often so I don’t want to be tied down with a Vanpool. Is there anything I can do to avoid this?
*Yes! First, most employers offer a Guaranteed Free Ride Home for Vanpoolers in case of working late or an emergency at home. Additionally, METRO Vanpoolers all have access to a Guaranteed Ride Home, even if your worksite does not offer it. RideshareOnline.com allows you to choose which work hours you normally have day by day, so don’t be surprised if another Vanpool shares the same crazy work hours as you. And finally, pick a few days to have a set schedule and Vanpool those days. You don’t have to do it everyday to make a difference!

I don’t live near a Vanpool that goes to my work, is there anything I can do?
*Yes! Just like Park & Rides for the bus, many people drive to a common meeting spot and Vanpool the rest of the way.
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PARK & RIDE LOTS
It’s hard to find a parking spot at Park & Ride lots. What can I do?
*Yes, this can be true. One simple solution is to start a Vanshare with two other riders. You can keep the Vanshare at the Park & Ride lot or transit center overnight, thus never needing your car. Also try arriving at an earlier time, consider biking to the Park & Ride, or getting dropped off there.
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VANSHARE
What’s the difference between Vanpool and Vanshare?
*Good question! While a Vanpool requires usually at least 7 riders and makes the complete trip between work and home, a Vanshare only requires 3 people, and it is used to complete the trip made on a bus/train/ferry to your work or home. It is for those who want to use transit, but are too far from a transit location to use it by itself. Vanshare allows you to park at a transit stop or Park and Ride, and use it up to 10 miles one-way to complete your trip.

I already ride the bus, using a Vanshare in addition to the bus makes it too hard and too expensive. Don’t you agree?
*Not exactly. First, Vanshare is incredibly easy to use because you can keep it overnight at any transit center or Park & Ride, plus you can use it for personal errands during the day. Second, it is still very cheap because it’s only $50 a van per month plus gas, regardless of the number of riders. Also, FlexPass holders can have up to $20 per pass go towards the monthly fare.
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