Jean Cary: Reading to Raleigh

June 17, 2011 at 12:00 pm Leave a comment

Watts Hospital-Hillandale

Jean lives on Club Boulevard and for almost 20 years commuted 50 miles each way from her home in Durham to her job at Campbell Law School in Buies Creek, spending at least 2.5 hours a day driving.  Naturally, she was delighted when Campbell Law School moved to downtown Raleigh – much closer to home.  Jean could have reveled in her shortened commute and approached her new drive with the positive outlook of less time spent in the car and less money spent on gas.  However, instead of being satisfied with these clear improvements to her commute, Jean chose to upgrade her commute further, based on the suggestion of several acquaintances to give Triangle Transit a try.  Now, on the bus, Jean doesn’t spend her commute to work behind the wheel, and she doesn’t have to stop on the way to fill up her gas tank.  Her ride is especially speedy thanks to Triangle Transit’s Durham-Raleigh Express (DRX).

Jean’s own words speak for themselves: “I love the bus.  I can read the newspaper.  I can read a book.  Sometimes I get there and I do not even know what has gone on the previous half an hour because I have been reading.”  Not only is the actual ride pleasant, but the bus has also been very reliable.  Jean recalls, “the only time the bus has been delayed is because of traffic and I am just delighted to not cope with the traffic as a driver.”

Jean has shared her enthusiasm with other Watts-Hospital Hillandale neighbors.  “I talked it up with Phil Lehman and now he is a regular rider.”  She also has a student just a few blocks down from her whom she regularly picks up take to Durham Station, where they catch the express bus together.

She still thinks about how often she used to have to get oil changes and fill up the car with gas.  “Now I go a few weeks before I fill up,” Jean remarked.

If you would like to speak with Jean about taking the bus, contact robin@cleanenergydurham.org to be connected.

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