Week 4: What to do with my $324.03

Miles driven alone this week: 185
Weight lost this week: 2lb

Total miles driven alone: 458
Total weigh loss: 3lb

OK, I’ve found a trend here.  If I need to travel anywhere within a five mile radius of the State Capitol, are car is completely unnecessary.  There are caveats: this statement is true but a real pain to execute on Weekends and after 9:30 at night and to make it all come together you have to be familiar with three bus systems: CAT, Triangle Transit and NCSU Wolfline…once you get a knack for how to navigate those systems, you’re golden.

Here’s how I do it: crosstown or to and from downtown from my neighborhood (Westover/Fairgrounds) to downtown: Triangle Transit.  Getting to  and around Hillsborough street/ NCSU campus: Wolfline.  Getting from Downtown to pretty much anywhere else in Raleigh: CAT.  Although after you hit about 5 miles outside of downtown on CAT the convenience of the city bus goes down and the hassle in wait times sky rockets.  The city of Raleigh has a combined CAT Triangle Transit map here: CAT System Wide Map (PDF) Wolfline has a great locate a bus service here: http://ncsu.transloc.com/

So my miles this week came from a meeting in Greenville.  No way around it, travel to Eastern Carolina and west of High Point (and north and south of I-85 for that matter) is just impossible without a car.  Of course there’s the bus, but the time commitment for that makes no sense.  I’ve heard talks of extending Amtrak to Wilimington through Goldsboro, but we’ll see how that goes!

Finally, my $324.03!  Triangle Transit has a great calculator on savings for different modes of transportation.  $324.03 over the course of a year is what I save from riding my bike just two days a week instead of taking our Civic around town.  Great savings that does add up and gives me a reason to commit to riding nearly everyday…That could potentially save around $800 a year!   They also give you a rundown for savings in carpool, vanpool and busing it to work.  See where you stack up: http://www.gotriangle.org/go-info/commute-savings-calculator/

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