Find Your Smart Commute

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Find Your Smart Commute

The Denver region’s population is expected to grow to 3.3 million people by 2020, and with that growth comes increased traffic congestion. With more cars on the roads, it may be time to start looking for a  way out of the daily rush-hour gridlock.

Transform your commute into a healthier, stress-free and more enjoyable part of your day. Try walking, biking, carpooling or transit a few days a week to make each trip to and from work kinder to your community and your wallet.

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Carpool

Meet new people and share the costs of commuting when you carpool.

Here’s how it works:

  • Reach Out: Contact your potential matches and meet up to make sure it’s a good fit.
  • Make a Schedule: Determine your route, schedule, who drives and when.
  • Determine the Costs: If driving time isn’t split, figure out the costs and set up a payment schedule.
  • Set Ground Rules: Decide things such as what radio station to listen to or whether food and drinks are okay to save possible tension down the road.

Use Way to Go to connect to fellow commuters in your area.

Fun fact: The 1,250 commuters registered in Way to Go’s carpool program save a total of 14,536 vehicle miles traveled to work each day.

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Vanpool

Travel 15 miles or more on your commute? Vanpooling could be your solution to a happier commute.

How does a vanpool work?

  • Five to 15 people carpool in a van dedicated to their commute. Vanpools run on a monthly fare based on commuting distance, which each vanpooler splitting the cost.
  • Drivers must be at least 25 years of age, pass a motor vehicle check and sign a driver agreement. Approved drivers are covered under vRide insurance.
  • Way to Go handles all the hassles of maintenance and repairs, insurance, fuel, bike racks and access to the Guaranteed Ride Home® program.

Fun fact: Way to Go services more than 100 vanpools, helping 541 vanpool commuters save a total of 22,238 vehicle miles traveled each work day.

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Bike & Walk

Enjoy cardio, fresh air and major money savings when you bike or walk to work.

  • Try on Bike to Work Day: New to bike commuting? Bike to Work Day is a fun and supportive way to try bike commuting for the first time, with more than 300 breakfast stations to fuel your ride in the morning and evening parties to celebrate on the way home. This year’s Bike to Work Day is on June 27, click here to register.
  • Vary your route: Bikes and feet can go where cars can’t! Experience your neighborhood in a whole new way when you take different paths, streets or trails.
  • Bike-n-Ride: If your commute is too far to bike the entire way, bring your bike on any light rail train or bus to complete your trip. Learn how.
  • Bike-share: The Denver metro area boasts several bike-share options, making it an easy and affordable way to get around town.

Fun fact: Last year’s Bike to Work Day had more than 34,000 cyclists and took 25,000 vehicles off the road. Participants pedaled 610,661 miles, burned 38 million calories and saved 265 tons of carbon dioxide.

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Transit

The Regional Transportation District (RTD) rail and bus system allows you to start a commute that will ease the stress on your mind and wallet. Plan your route and let someone else handle the driving.

Transit tips:

  • Plan Ahead: Use RTD’s Trip Planner to scope out your route..
  • Timing: Give yourself plenty of time to get to and from your destination on your first trip.
  • Free Transfer: If your trip includes more than one ride on public transportation, ask your driver for a free transfer.
  • Park-n-Ride: Park your car and hop on an RTD bus or rail in your area. Learn how.
  • Ways to Save: Check out different pass options to save even more, including Monthly Pass, Ticketbook, Day Pass and more.

Fun facts: RTD serves 2.8 million people across a 2,400 square-mile area covering 40 municipalities and six counties. There are 9,077 bus stops, 80 park-n-rides and 53 rail stops throughout the Denver metro region.

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Schoolpool

The school commute accounts for a lot of morning traffic in the United States, adding more stress and congestion than necessary. Share in the responsibilities of getting the kids to school and back via carpooling, walking, biking or transit. Introduce the next generation of commuters to sustainable transportation with Schoolpool!

Fun fact: Way to Go can help you get started with schoolpool for FREE. To get started, email Way to Go at waytogo@drcog.org or call 303-458-7665.

One More Reason to Leave Your Car at Home

Is fear of the unknown keeping you from exploring new ways to commute to work? The Guaranteed Ride Home® program provides a free taxi ride home from the office for employees who have emergencies arise, from an unexpected schedule change to a sick child. For more information about the program, click here.

Commuting Resources

CBS4 worked with Way to Go, a program of the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG), to develop the above commuter tips.

Way to Go promotes walking, biking, transit, carpooling and vanpooling as commute options rather than driving alone. Way to Go encourages commuting choices that reduce traffic congestion and improve air quality.