Legal project assistant, 22, Oakdale, Minn.
After graduating college and starting my first full-time job, I found out that my employer offered a reduced-price unlimited bus pass.
I immediately signed up, figuring that parking in downtown Minneapolis would eat away all of my paychecks. Of course, with $4 a gallon gas, the price of actually driving to work becomes prohibitive.
I never would have guessed I'd enjoy taking the bus. I drive 10 minutes to my free park-and-ride, then get to relax during the 45-minute bus ride.
Since January, I've read over 15 books alone! Plus, the bus can drive on the shoulder during rush hour, so I actually get to work faster.
The more gas prices rise, the fuller my bus becomes. It is amazing to see the effect that the prices have had on commuters.NEXT: Dan Korn: A different set of wheels