My car doesn't get used at work - it just sits in a parking garage all day. One of my co-workers mentioned riding an express bus that gets to work on time in the morning and arrives back in plenty of time to pick up Helen at daycare. I did a little investigating on all the different schedules, and I learned that I've got a lot of options. There are a couple of express bus schedules for the regular commute, which gets me to a spot downtown only a block away from my office door. In case I need to run home during the day (i.e., Helen's sick at daycare), there's a local bus that takes a little longer but leaves every half hour. I've also got a great option for those monthly doctor appointments that take me right past my doctors office. I decided this was worth a try, even for just a month, and if I hated it I could go back to driving.
After two days I was hooked. Public transportation gives me a lot more flexibility than I had imagined, and while I'm without a car during the day, I DIDN'T NEED IT ANYWAY. Lunch is usually within walking distance, or I can ride with co-workers if we're heading somewhere together. Errands after work? I never really had time since I was picking up Helen from daycare and had to race back in crazy traffic. I can plan ahead a little better, and combine trips on the weekend or evenings.
This first month, I saved a lot of dough on gasoline. Half a tank of gas lasted me through 2 weeks, instead of a full tank per week. Parking costs downtown dropped significantly, too. I expect in all to save about $150 this month, and as the cost of gas goes up, it will be even more.
Anyone else out there figuring out a way to save on gas? Feel free to share in the comments.