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June 2004

Commuter of the Year

Jim Van DykeThe City of Boulder has named SCD’s Jim Van Dyke as the transit winner in its annual Commuter of the Year awards. A Littleton resident, Jim used to drive to Boulder on State Highway 93 until about three years ago. That’s when he realized he could use his laptop to take care of some of his work on the bus and the new light rail.

Now, much of Jim’s nine-hour workday is spent in motion. He leaves his house at 5:30 a.m. to embark on a two-hour commute via bus, light rail, UCAR shuttle, and sometimes his bicycle. He arrives back at his house about 5:30 p.m.

“I’m really honored,” he says of his award. “My hope is to continue to not contribute to our air pollution problems.”

Jim follows in the footsteps of other staffers who have been honored as Boulder commuters of the year, including UCAR president Rick Anthes and COMET’s Karl Hanzel.

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More about Jim and other long-distance commuters at UCAR and NCAR

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