Commuter Profiles

Cody FagueCody Fague

Designer and Partner, CODO Design
Rides IndyGo

Cody started riding the bus while attending Herron at IUPUI because he could not afford to drive. He says, "Driving is so expensive! Sure, I spent a lot of money on gas, but when you factor in insurance, maintenance and parking, it can get overwhelming pretty quickly." IUPUI provides students access to the S-Pass, which allowed Cody to ride IndyGo at a discount. He has been able to finish his degree and start a business with the money he's saved by riding IndyGo. "A monthly pass still costs only a fraction of what I'd have to cough up if I still used my car. Plus, I realized that I've never enjoyed the act of driving — too stressful and tedious! Now I ride the bus by choice!"

Mona Kheiry Mona Kheiry

Instructional Design Consultant, IUPUI
Stays fit and saves money by cycling to work

Of her recent move to the Fountain Square neighborhood, Mona says, "I am loving it! One of the great benefits? My 15-20 minute bike commute to my job at IUPUI. I feel invigorated when I get to work every morning and don’t feel as though I have to go to the gym since I’ve already had a decent workout!" When she regularly bikes to work, Mona goes weeks without filling up her car's gas tank. Part of her commute follows the Indianapolis Cultural Trail, an urban bike and pedestrian path that connects neighborhoods, businesses and entertainment venues. Mona's bike ride to work takes the same amount of time as driving—sometimes less!

Darren JonesDarren Jones

Security Consultant, OneAmerica
Rides IndyGo to work

A daily rider on IndyGo's Route 22 from the south side to downtown Indianapolis, Darren cites saving money as the main advantage of taking the bus. A 31-day unlimited ride pass costs $60, and Darren's employer chips in $18, bringing his monthly commute cost down to $42. If he drove to and from work every day, he'd be spending about $120 per month on fuel. Darren also enjoys saving his vehicle from the wear and tear of the daily round trip and avoiding the drive during bad weather.

Jennifer TroemnerJennifer Troemner

Student, IUPUI
Lives car-free in Indianapolis

When Jennifer Troemner's car reached the end of its useful life, she and her husband made the decision to go car-free. This decision has introduced a variety of transportation modes into her life: biking, riding the bus, walking and carpooling. Jennifer, an IUPUI student, takes IndyGo or carpools with classmates to campus from her west side neighborhood. She now loads her groceries into a bicycle basket rather than her car's trunk, and catches rides with friends or walks when she wants to go out for fun. Some of her trips involve a mix of modes of transportation. IndyGo's bus bike racks allow Jennifer to use a mix of riding and cycling for some trips. For Jennifer, living car-free has been a positive experience. "Because it's now less convenient to eat out for every meal, I'm cooking at home more and putting more thought into what I really want from an out-of-the-house excursion. It's doing wonders for my fitness and my stress levels, and the lack of car repairs, parking costs, and gas has been a huge relief for my finances."

Erik GoensErik Goens

Senior User Experience Designer, Gannett Digital
Bicycles and rides IndyGo

It takes Erik 25 minutes to commute from South Broad Ripple to downtown via IndyGo. "Two years ago, I sold my car and dedicated my commute to mainly riding my bike to work or riding the IndyGo bus into downtown. It was a leap of faith, but I have been nothing but satisfied with the result. Commuting from South Broad Ripple into Indianapolis is simple and easy. As a result, I have extended my healthy life style and saved a boat load of money on my commuting. You can put a lot of money in a boat."

Verna BlakeVerna Blake

Marketing Support Administrator, PNC Bank Carpools to work

About six years ago, Verna Blake signed up on the Commuter Connect website to begin carpooling from her home on the south side to her office downtown. That’s when she met Cynthia Bymaster. For several years, Blake and Bymaster met about four times a week at the Menards parking lot at Southport and Emerson and rode together downtown. Bymaster didn’t work on alternate Fridays, so Blake took IndyGo to her office on those days. After Bymaster retired, Blake found another downtown commuter, John Fortwengler, who is unable to drive to work due to a disability. Blake now carpools with Fortwengler and uses the parking space provided to him for free by his employer. Both are saving money: Blake has gained access to free parking and Fortwengler has gained a free ride to and from work. "People’s main fear (of carpooling) is losing control, and I had that, too,” Blake said. “But, as soon as you try it, it’s very easy."

David AndersonDavid Anderson

Bikes 35 miles to and from work once or twice a week

David Anderson rides his bicycle to his Indianapolis office once or twice per week from the small Madison County town of Frankton. "My commute is 35 miles one way, so this gives me some good training miles for road racing. It saves me on car miles and gas, and it gives me time to think and enjoy the outdoors."

Damon LettichDamon Lettich

Bikes five miles to and from work every day

Damon lives in Meridian Kessler and works near Methodist Hospital. He says, "As long as you leave early enough in the morning the traffic isn't that bad. Indiana has relatively (I grew up in Michigan) mild winters so I even bike to work throughout winter. I think of it as double-tasking: commuting to work and getting my exercise!"

John Hay Jr.John Hay Jr.

Pastor, West Morris Street Free Methodist Church
Bikes to work two to three times a week

John Hay packs his laptop and a change of clothes in a saddle bag, hops on his bike and pedals about nine miles from his home near Eagle Creek to his office at the West Morris Street Church near downtown. He began biking to work as a way to improve his health, and he’s discovered that while the commute takes a bit longer (only about 15 minutes each way), he feels a whole lot better.