3. Find alternatives
My son recently moved to Somerville, tired of traffic and long commutes. Instead of taking an hour and 45 minutes — it seemed to be the same whether he took commuter rail, the bus, or a combination of driving and the T — his trip went down to 25 minutes, door to desk.
I'm not generally an "early adopter" of new technology, but it's time to take a hard look at a hybrid or diesel for my next car. The motorcycle that's soon to come out of storage isn't a great alternative: It gets about 42 mpg. I enjoy bicycling, too, but I'm not ready to be one of those "winter warriors."