Last week, I gave my prepaid parking pass back to my workplace. This is something I’ve been looking forward to doing for a long time, and fortunately, my place of work has agreed to provide for my bus passes.
Weekday Red Line service has been pretty-good-to-very-good so far. I’ve basically turned the station closest to my house into my own personal park-and-ride. Yes, I’m still using a car. After work, I need to pick my kids up from their schools. I don’t have a cargo bike. I’m bad at this urbanism thing. Still, I won’t miss driving and parking downtown one bit. Few things stress me out and depress me more than getting stuck in post-work traffic in the mile square, knowing that I’m actually contributing to the problem just by being there in a single-occupancy vehicle.
A month ago, I put a poll out to my twitter followers about how downtown workplaces deal with transportation options. Here are the results in picture form:
At first, I didn’t know how my workplace would react when I asked them whether or not they would provide my bus passes. I’m not sure if anyone else who works for them has asked this before. But as I found out, it doesn’t hurt to ask. The way I figure it, they save money in the deal. Parking is likely more expensive than even the most pricey of the IndyGo options, the $60 monthly passes. I’ll save money too, in terms of purchased gas and car maintenance. But of course, it’s more than money to me. It’s the ability to relax instead of stress. To observe the comings and goings of city residents. To pollute the air less. It all seems like a big win.
I’m just one person, and I only work downtown twice a week. However, it’s a start. Please let me know in the comments if you wish to join me (or if you already have, of course).