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Goin' for a ride [Aug. 6th, 2003|09:40 am]
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So many changes coming in life. The new General Counsel arrives here sometime next week, my boss has emptied out his office – 30 years of dedicated service now a skeleton of hooks and nails bare on the wall. At some point in the near future I will be packing up my belongings and moving to the downtown office, away from the view of this lovely campus and into a cubicle high up in an office tower. Somewhere in the same period of time school will start again. I am not certain of the overlap; I am not certain of anything regarding this transition except that it will happen at a deucedly inconvenient time.

One of the many issues arise with such a move, and the practical matter I’m looking at now is commuting. Parking downtown is really expensive. Add to that the costs of simply running a car and…wow.

So I decided to check into the bus schedules. It is officially impossible to get from our little bedroom community to the commuter train. One idea out the window.


Not only is there a bus that goes from the transit station four blocks away to downtown, that bus goes all the way to my school. Meaning that I will be able to stagger onto the bus at the end of the day (9pm and change) and take it all the way home without changing. And it's only a few minutes longer on the bus than driving. And for those days of truly terrible weather when even a four-block walk is too much, the transit station is a Park&Ride, so I can be totally lazy and drive there.

Cost difference: $54/month for a bus pass versus $150+/month for parking and gas, plus vehicle wear and tear. And an additional 15-20 minutes of commuting time, during which I can nap or read.

Plus it answers to my environmentalist bent.

Think it'll be the bus.

[User Picture]From: of_little_note
2003-08-06 08:19 am (UTC)

The Bus

My Sister will turn 40 this December. She has never learned how to drive a car. She busses everywhere including work, school, and gym. So, it can be done.
Hint: You can never be in a hurry. Everyone knows that buses run late, but buses also run early. So don't tell people that you need to catch a 2:17 bus, you need to catch a 2:00 bus. That gives you time to leave at 2:00 and catch your bus. I know offices, they love to hold you until the last second. Or later.

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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2003-08-06 09:46 am (UTC)

Re: The Bus

I survived on the bus when I was first in college, going to school and working two jobs. I think I can make this work.

The one good thing about the time crunch is that it's only a problem at the end of the work day, and the corridor from work to school is a main trunk with several routes going by, so it's never more than a 5-minute wait -- it's actually walkable, in a pinch. Probably not even a mile.

Just not a lot of fun with law books, and I'm not sure how long the little rolling wheels on my bag would hold up to the jarring.
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