Commute Options

Commuters in Spokane County have many options when it comes to leaving their cars at home. Why drive alone to work, when there are less expensive ways to get there? But don't just take our word for it. Check out the Commute Cost Calculator to determine what your commute actually costs and how much you could save by using one of seven other commute modes.


Carpooling with a spouse, friend or co-worker is a great alternative to driving alone. Carpooling is one of the most flexible and convenient ways to share the ride. Not only do you have someone to chat with during the drive, you can save money by sharing the cost of gas.


Why put miles on your personal car, when you can put them on a STA owned van. Vanpools are groups of five or more people who share a similar commute trip, from home to work, which is at least 10 miles one-way. The group decides on the meeting time, location and route it will take. The group pays a monthly fare that covers the cost of the van, gas, insurance, maintenance and even 24-hour roadside assistance.

Transit - Bus

Leave the driving to someone else and arrive at work relaxed for a change. Timely, comfortable and affordable, riding the bus is a great way to commute. It allows you to catch up on the important aspects of your life that you just can't do when you drive alone, like reading a book or the newspaper, making a grocery list, playing solitaire on your laptop or just catching a few zzzz's.

Bicycle - Walk

Instead of sitting in a car or bus each morning, consider hopping on a bicycle and peddling to work. Bicycling and other non-motorized commute modes, such as walking or jogging, not only get you out of traffic, they also help you improve your health. If you only want to bicycle or walk one way, try riding the bus the other. All STA busses are equipped with bike racks.

Compressed Work Schedules

Imagine having every weekend, or every other weekend, be a three-day weekend. A compressed schedule gives you the benefit of an extra day off by allowing you to finish your usual number of working hours in fewer days per pay period.

Working from Home - Teleworking

Teleworking is a way to bring the job to the person rather than the person to the job. This program can eliminate the commute trip entirely if the employee is teleworking from his/her home. Employees can work from home full-time or just a few days a month.