Name: Emily Nakada-Alm
Occupation: Events Manager
Employer: Downtown: On the Go!
Gets around by: Walking, Biking, Bus
Where do you live and where do you work?
I live in Hilltop and work in downtown Tacoma.
How do you get there?
I bike or walk when the weather cooperates, or take bus route 57 when it doesn’t! The bus stop is a short walk from my home.
How does it all add up? How much money or time do you save?
Expenses for driving to, and parking in downtown can definitely add up! If I were to drive to and park in downtown, it would cost approximately $20/day. Overall, I save around $400 per month by leaving my car at home.
What’s in it for you?
Taking the bus only adds a few more minutes to my commute, and luckily my job provides me with an ORCA card so I save money and don’t have to search for parking. I live a short distance from downtown and other surrounding neighborhoods, so I can always easily walk to where I need to go. Even though it takes a bit longer, walking or biking allows me to become more familiar with my neighborhood, and I always feel great afterwards!
Do you have any tips for people who may be trying these modes for the first time?
It’s easy to feel overwhelmed with bus schedules and routes, but I would suggest jumping in and finding one that works for you. Once you go through the experience a couple of times, you’ll feel more and more comfortable in navigating public transit options. Walking or biking to work will show you more of your community, and help support a more livable downtown.