Monica S.

Monica S. - Wheel Options 2019 Carpool

Where do you work and what is your role in the company?

Clinic Manager at CHI Franciscan Women’s Health Associates – Burien, Des Moines, and West Seattle

How do you usually get to work? How long have you been using this commute option?

I’ve been carpooling intermittently throughout my entire 10 years employed at CHI Franciscan. During the last 12 months, I carpool every day with my husband.

How far is your commute? How long does it take you each way?

I manage multiple sites, so my round-trip commute is either 62 miles (Puyallup-to-Burien), 78 miles (Puyallup-to-Burien), or 92 miles (Puyallup-to-W.Seattle). Depending on which destination, driving solo takes me 75-105 minutes one-way. Carpooling takes me 60-75 minutes one-way.

What made you decide to commute this way?

I used to carpool with a coworker who lived near me – just to enjoy the companionship and save on gas. Then my husband got a new job near mine and we realized we could save gas, wear & tear on our cars, time (using the carpool lanes), AND we’d get to spend an extra couple hours together every day!

What do you enjoy about your commute?

Passenger’s nap-time, passenger’s productive/work hours (via laptop), and precious together time (discussing household business, venting about our workday, laughing & bonding, sometimes stopping for impromptu Date Night on the commute home)! I also love knowing we’re reducing our carbon footprint.

Do you think you save money by commuting this way?

We save at least $105 monthly on gas, and $100’s more annually from car maintenance NOT needed on the other car!

How does your company help accommodate your commute option? (ex: if you’re a biker, are there adequate bike racks? If a bus rider, does your company offer a free bus pass?)

Knowing there’s a free ride home option is a great reassurance, and I appreciate my employer reimbursing me for carpooling!

Is there anything your company could do better to accommodate your commute option?

A work-from-home option would be nice! Better subsidies or increased bonuses for participation.

What would you say to your fellow employees to inspire them to try using a commute option other than driving alone in their car?

Give it a try! You could make new friends, have a great nap, save money, and help our environment!