Commuter Stories

Gary Buma

Gary Buma

"Prior to my wife starting to work at WWU, I took the bus every day for 15 years. When Nina started working at Western nearly twelve years ago, we still had kids at home and many times would need to run errands on our way home. This required a vehicle on campus and thus we started carpooling. We've been carpooling together ever since.

Carpooling has reduced our commuting costs. We have our car and a pickup; however, our kids use the pickup more than we do ... and they are married and living in their own homes."

Gary logs his carpool trips online at By logging his smart trips to work, errands and leisure, he is eligible for discounts, cash prizes and other rewards. Gary won the $25 Munch Money prize in May's Sustainable Transportation smart commuter drawing.

Page Updated 11.27.2017