Around the Sun writes about their company’s new bus pass program and how it’s created a new fat-busting game. So what does that have to do with me?
Because people envy my commute.
I work in Washington, D.C., which is about 25 miles from my home. Here in Rockville, MD, we live a mile away from a metro (subway) stop. People don’t envy the time it takes me to get to work. Rather, they’re jealous because
- I get my exercise by walking a mile home each day (and sometimes a mile to the metro if Stacie can’t drop me off)
- I can walk to the new county library after work
- I get to sit and read for 30 minutes each way
Of course there are a few negatives to walking home:
- If it’s raining, I either have to drive and pay $4 for parking, walk home and get wet, or take the bus, but still walk for 5 minutes and get wet
- If it’s above about 75 degrees, there’s a good chance my work clothes will get soaked with sweat. Therefore, I need to either bring a change of casual clothes to work or take the bus (and not sweat as long)
- It takes 20 minutes to walk home, when I could drive home in 5-10 minutes
Overall, though, I’m glad to be able to walk and ride the metro. It does cost about $7.40 per day to ride round trip, but I can contribute up to $110 per month pretax through my employer’s benefits. Also, I’ve been able to keep my commuting costs down by working from home 2-3 times per month, and not driving to the metro.
I’d like to hear about some of your commuting experiences. Does anyone work over 50 miles (one way) from your home? Does anyone work upstairs from their place of business (not counting “working from your home office”)?