"I decided to take it even though it makes my commute almost two hours one way as it is a savings for me," she said.
Under the plan, it will be even more of a savings because of a 50 percent discount on bus tickets for state employees commuting to Montpelier. For Boyce, a one-way trip between St. Johnsbury and Montpelier will be reduced from $2 to $1.
Members of the VSEA have been pressing for months for solutions, conducting petition drives and holding a "town meeting" at the Statehouse in March.
Besides the discount, Shumlin announced a "guaranteed ride home" program for employees reluctant to commute without their cars for fear of being unable to respond to an emergency at home. In rare instances when employees must make an unscheduled departure, the state will find and pay for a ride, he said.
Those who car pool will get preferential parking at state lots, and employees who walk or bike to work will get discounts at area businesses.