Metro managers who #RideTransit: Alina Tanzer

Shared by the Employee Transportation Program

In observance of Ride Transit Month in King County, the Employee Transportation Program is talking with four Metro managers about their transit commutes, and sharing any advice they’d like to pass along to new riders.

King County Metro Power and Facilities Director Alina Tanzer is the second manager ETP chatted with. She lives in West Seattle, near the Fauntleroy Ferry Dock. After 37 years with Metro, Alina knows a thing or two about her commute options. Her choice on any given day? She said, “Depends on my morning.”

When she’s not rushed, Alina can catch a Route 116 bus at the end of her street or take a 10- to 15-minute walk to the ferry dock, where buses come more often. “It’s a nice walk, and I enjoy it,” said Tanzer. “Especially during the less-rainy months.” When she’s in a hurry, she may forego the bus entirely and drive to a parking lot near her office. Or, she might split the difference; driving part way and then hopping on a bus or train to finish her trip.

Tanzer enjoys riding transit, even though she can’t read on moving vehicles. “When you’re driving, you have to be focused and paying attention, so riding the bus is an opportunity to relax,” Tanzer said. “I’m also a people watcher.” She doesn’t mind sitting in traffic when she doesn’t have to be responsible for getting through it.

Her advice to new riders? “There are many ways of getting information about how to ride. Metro’s website, for example, has a lot of good information on getting from Point A to Point B. Also, sign up for email alerts about the routes you use so you’ll be notified of any changes or interruptions in service.”

Don’t forget to consider transit for non-commute trips as well! “My husband and I are Seahawk season ticket holders,” said Tanzer, “and we’ve never driven to a game!”

Tanzer shot a selfie as her bus passed one of her favorite transit destinations — Century Link Field

During Ride Transit Month, you can enter to win prizes all month long if you:

  • Log at least three transit trips on RideShareOnline during the month of June, and/or
  • Take the Ride Transit Month pledge to ride transit three times in June, and/or
  • Use the #RideTransit hashtag on Facebook or twitter to share your transit stories

To learn more about all your employee transportation benefits, visit your Employee Transportation Program website.