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Commuter Diaries: Things that Happened When I Tried Transit

Are you stuck in a rut? It’s easy to get into a habit of driving alone to and from work each day, even if there are many benefits to making a change. But, by changing your commute habits, you can gain more time and money, while also reducing stress.

Bernie Guzman is a metro Atlanta resident living in Gwinnett County and working in midtown, a 90-mile roundtrip commute from her home. Depending on traffic, Bernie would spend an hour to an hour and 45 minutes getting to or from work each day. The excessive amount of time she spent sitting in traffic in the car and the gas money it cost her led Bernie to try a new commute option. Thanks to Midtown Alliance’s Go Car-Lite program, Bernie began her new commute with transit options in September 2017.

“Rather than sitting in my car or waiting for traffic to die down, I’m more efficient with my time by using a transit option,” says Bernie.

What’s even better in Bernie’s mind? The savings.

 “I was spending $150 a month just on toll roads – so that didn’t even include filling up on gas twice a week, which was an extra $35-40 each time. Now I can go an entire week without filling up.”

With the extra savings, Bernie has a standing movie and dinner date with her husband twice a month. And with less stress, Bernie enjoys getting to work unrushed and taking the time to enjoy her coffee before starting the day. 

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