Rarely do you see someone get excited when they talk about commuting. We recently met two guys who will change your outlook on this necessary daily task for many of us. Really!
Cloverdale residents, friends, co-workers and business partners Darian Kovacs and Chris Geoghegan are commuters themselves and, after lots of frustration, they just knew there had to be another commuting option for residents of the Fraser Valley. Putting their creative, entrepreneurial brains together they have come up with something GREAT!
Beginning July 3, 2012, those commuting from Langley and Surrey to downtown Vancouver have a new travel option – Pacific Commuter club! We know that many residents in these communities feel frustrated with transit options and will be super excited about this new opportunity!
Not only will club members save money on fuel, parking and other related vehicle expenses, they get to travel to work in style! Pacific Commuter club provides luxury coaches with FREE wi-fi, reclining chairs, a bathroom and a kitchen. The coach is spacious, comfortable and allows riders to work on the go, prepare/eat breakfast or simply relax and regroup on the way to, or from, work.
Pacific Commuter club is ideal for folks who work regular business hours in downtown Vancouver. Based on current memberships, the pick up/drop off spots have been set for the next few months (see the schedule here). As new members come on board, additional stops will be added and they plan to extend further into the Fraser Valley as their service grows. Downtown locations include Coal Harbour, Waterfront Station and Sheraton Wall Centre.
Membership is available on a monthly or annual basis, with big savings for those who sign up for the annual option. Pacific Commuter is presently offering a one week, no obligation free trial for when they launch. More details about this trial offer are available here.
Earlier this week we attended the pre-launch event for Pacific Commuter – and we had so much fun! Darian & Chris invited us along on a round-trip tour of their route to find out first hand just how stylish their bus really is. These guys were a hoot, and getting to spend time with them was half the fun!
Not your typical bus, the Pacific Commuter is stylish and comfortable with lots of appreciated extras. We fell in love with the kitchenette located near the back of the bus. Perfect for oatmeal in the morning, or a heated dinner for the relaxing commute home. There is also a single serve coffee pot for those rushed mornings that don’t allow enough time for your usual cuppa joe. Plus, just look how the sun shines in through those windows!
After you’ve fixed your coffee, get ready to settle in for the easiest commute you’ve ever made! We love that these seats are spacious enough to sit (and work) next to a total stranger, and not feel weird about it! There’s lots of leg room, even with the work tables folded down, so you won’t feel the need to get up just to stretch your legs.
One of the greatest things about traveling on the Pacific Commuter, is your ability to actually get work done during your commute. The fold down laptop trays fit around your laptop nice and snuggly so your computer doesn’t shift in transit. Not only do you not have to worry about traffic and actually driving, you get to spend your commute time producing something of value. Imagine what you could accomplish by clocking an extra hour a day before you even get to the office? Less distractions by co-workers means more focused work time for you. Some workplaces have even allowed their productive commuting employees a reduced work week from 5 days down to 4 (because of the extra hours their working outside of the office)! Not only does commuting save you money, it could also lead to more time available to spend with your family during the week!
Of course, not everyone wants to work on their way to work. Some of us are just as happy to tune everything out and sink into our own little worlds. Want to nap on the way in? We promise, these reclining seats are definitely nap worthy (especially with that extra padding on the headrest)! Want to pop in headphones and watch a movie on your laptop on the way home on a Friday night? You betcha! With the free (and very strong) wi-fi, the possibilities of “tuning out” are endless.
Any working environment has to have a place to gather! Located near the kitchen, these larger tables are great for sitting with fellow commuters to share in friendly conversation (or even a friendly game of poker) on the way home. Deep cup holders are an added bonus, because you really don’t want to be worrying about spilling your beverages while catching up with the latest commuter news!
Pacific Commuter is gifting one of our readers with one month of service – absolutely FREE! That’s a $495 value! Please leave a note below to be entered to win. Winner will be chosen at random on July 6, 2012.