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Meet the Staff: Laura

Name: Laura Svancarek
Occupation: CTR Coordinator
Employer: Downtown On the Go
Gets around by: Bus or Walk

Where do you live and where do you work?
I live on Sheridan near 15th, and work downtown on S. 11th and Pacific.

How do you get there?
I take the 57 bus down the hill to Commerce, and the 28 bus back up the hill to Cushman. It is a 5-minute walk to get to and from the bus stops to my apartment.

How does it all add up? How much money and time do you save?
My ORCA Card is provided through my work, so taking the bus is a good way to cut down costs. Not only do I not pay for gas, but I don’t have to pay for parking. It saves me a couple of dollars every time I work downtown, which quickly adds up! The bus routes I take are very efficient, so it takes about 10 minutes longer to take the bus as it would to drive downtown and find a parking spot.

What’s in it for you?
I’ve always loved taking the bus. It forces me to wake up on time and get out the door when I need to, and walking 5 minutes to the stop helps to get my brain working in the mornings.

Most importantly, I absolutely hate trying to park downtown. Finding a spot near where I’m going, parallel parking while people watch, cars waiting for me to get out of their way… it’s so stressful! By taking the bus, I get a few extra minutes to relax with my phone instead of worrying about parking.

Do you have any tips for people who might be trying this mode for the first time?
Look at your options. If the times don’t work, or if you don’t want to walk across a busy street (I’ll take an earlier ride over crossing 19thanytime!), there might be other route options nearby. Have your fare ready to go in your pocket. When I’m taking a new route for the first time, I’ll usually have maps open on my phone so I can track how close I am to my stop.

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