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Meet the Staff: Alecia

Name: Alecia
Occupation: Student and Intern
Employer: UWT and Downtown: On the Go!
Gets around by: Walking, Biking, Bus, Train, the Link

Where do you live and where do you work?
I live in Lakewood and go to school and work in downtown Tacoma.

How do you get there?
A combination of walking, biking, and riding the link and bus.

How does it all add up? How much money and time do you save?
A commute to downtown Tacoma and back to my home costs nearly $10 in gas, 25 added miles on my car.  At five times a week, it adds up to $2,600 in gas/year and 6500 mile/year on my car.  Parking is another cost that I don’t have to worry about.   Though I don’t necessarily save time, I do get time to relax, read, and catch up on homework while riding.

What’s in it for you?
While saving money is advantageous, I really enjoy my time on the bus, knowing I don’t have to stress about driving in heavy traffic.  Also, since I never seem to make time for the gym, I make biking and walking part of my commute so I don’t have to worry about scheduling in a workout (no gym membership= more money in my pockets too!).

Do you have any tips for people who might be trying this mode for the first time?
I was nervous to start riding the bus because I didn’t really know where I was going.  Even with my handy smart phone, transit still seemed scary.  Taking a day to ride the bus all around town can help you become comfortable, or if you don’t have time, don’t be afraid to ask questions.  Most people are more than willing to help you out.  You will get the hang of it, and eventually be the one to help others.  Once you get the hang of the bus, try throwing in some walking or biking!  A multi-modal commute is a healthy way to start and finish your day!

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