Living in a major metropolitan area definitely has it perks, but for parents who commute on a daily basis, living in the city is sometimes more of a headache than a convenience. Trying to navigate with two or three little ones in tow, bus delays and cashless cab rides can thin the line between your sanity and stress. Our friends at Seattle Magazine have compiled a list of tips and tricks on how to survive your daily commute, whether by bike, bus, train or car.

Shawna Leader at Seattle Magazine writes:

Charging stations are popping up all over the city, making it easier for Seattleites to turn to green, clean electric-powered cars.

Perhaps you’ve considered buying an electric car, only to be haunted by “range anxiety”—the fear that your battery will die without a charging station in sight. In Seattle, that’s becoming less and less likely by the minute; there are more than 100 public charging stations around Seattle, with another 800 or so in the works. They’re easy to find, thanks to San Francisco–based Blink, an electric charger manufacturer, which offers a map of its car-charging stations ( The EV Project, managed by Ecotality, is a federally funded project to install 14,000 chargers in 18 cities—including 900 in the Seattle area. Plug-in Olympia ( also lists Metro “plug and ride” station locations in Seattle and around the United States. For now, plugging in is free—but that’s expected to change by the end of this year.

If you own a Nissan Leaf or a Chevy Volt and you’d rather charge at home, you may qualify for a free home charger in exchange for providing data to the EV Project. Visit for more information.

To read more from Seattle Magazine‘s Solutions for Stressed Seattle Commuters, click here.

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