Meet Your Fellow Commuter - Yvonne Mills

November 29, 2017 • Transportation

Yvonne Mills is the Director of Administration for the Palo Alto Office of Morrison & Foerster, a law firm that has been in Stanford Research Park for over 30 years. They serve a multitude of clients in Silicon Valley, many of whom also call the Research Park home.

Yvonne describes her position as the key to eliminating distractions so her team can focus on the work for their clients. She has been at Morrison & Foerster for 4 years.

She has always been a big advocate of public transportation and thinks that Stanford Research Park's Transportation Program, SRPGO, does a great job of facilitating transportation. “Everybody has a focus on costs, and not every company can provide their own buses to employees. SRPGO does the legwork for us. Because our employees are so scattered, there is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to transportation. SRPGO has their pulse on what’s going on in the Bay Area and it makes my job much easier. We wouldn’t have the success we have had without SRPGO.”

Alternative commuting is something that has always been important to Yvonne for two reasons: “one is time. I am not sitting in traffic; there is not the chance of my car being in an accident, causing my blood pressure to go up. I don’t dread walking out of my office at the end of the day, I walk out knowing that I won’t be getting into my car facing traffic with a million other cars on the road. Secondly, I feel it is my duty as an inhabitant of this Earth to take care of it.

Yvonne’s daily commute consists of a few steps. She leaves her house at 6:10 and drives to the Winchester light-rail station where she leaves her car at the Park n’ Ride. She then hops on the VTA 101 express, “I get to log on the Wi-Fi and spend the time reading the news or online shopping. It’s my “me” time. It relieves some pressure.” Yvonne arrives at her office by 7:20, “It is a little bit longer than driving but I am being productive and taking care of myself during that time.”

At the end of the day, she walks to the Caltrain station, “the best part is that I have my pick of trains (5:08, 5:12, 5:40, and 6:12), so I know when I need to leave to get on that train.” She takes the train to the Diridon station then gets on the light-rail back to Winchester. Her commute home takes her about an hour.

An alternative commute can also be a money and car saver, “I bought a new car in February. I was putting 200 to 250 miles a week on my old car when I was using it to commute. My new car has only 6500 miles on it!”

Yvonne realizes that some people are on the fence about using alternative commute options, but stresses the benefits “To people who are on the fence about alternative transportation, I would say, it’s all about changing your habit. The first time you try it, it is going to be outside of your comfort zone. Commit to trying it for two weeks and be open to it. Once you get into the habit of it, you find that you are less stressed and you actually work smarter. If I know, I have a bus to catch at a certain time, I focus and do what I need to do to get it done. It makes me more efficient.”

For more information on alternative commute options in the Stanford Research Park, go to SRPGO.com.

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