September 2006

The Time for Transit

This last Friday I took public transit to work just to see how long the commute would take and if it would be cheaper than driving. I’m usually a big advocate of public transportation and don’t really like to drive. However, it looks like I’m not going to take transit to work very often. Here’s how the breakdown went:

AM Commute: 2 hours
Walked to Muni, got on a “N” train to Caltrain station.$1.50
Took Caltrain to Mountain View.$5.25
From the Mountain View station, took VTA Light Rail down to the stop just outside the office. $1.75

PM Commute: 2.5 hours
Walked the half a block to VTA Light Rail
Took VTA to the Caltrain Station in Mountain View. $1.75
Took Caltrain to San Francisco (there was a problem with the train and it there was a little delay). $5.25
From 4th & King, took Muni’s “N” train home. $1.50

Total commute time for the day = 4.5 hours and $16!

It takes between 1 to 1.5 hours to drive (one way, average 1.25 hours), dependent on traffic. It costs me $33 to fill up the tank on the truck the other day, that’s good for about 4-5 one way trips.

Total commute time and cost for the day = 2.5 hours and $7.50 (roughly).

Now, why don’t more people do their longer commutes on public transit? Hmmm…. let me think.

Bay Area Transit Authority, are you listening?!


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I Think I’m Allergic To Work

I have a new contract for 3 months! Yay, steady income for a while! And what happens? The thing that happens almost everytime I start a new job or contract. I get sick. This time it’s just a cold (I hope). And I’m not kidding, whenever I get a new job somewhere I get sick. Almost immediately. I don’t know if it’s just the stress of all the newness that does it, or if it’s just getting all the germs that reside in a office building after being exposed to them. I do know that it’s damned annoying.

I’m feeling a bit better today than yesterday (which was my second day on the job).

I don’t have a (work) computer yet. The one IT guy seems a bit frazzled by my sudden appearance. But I’m working with an old colleague from the last time I had a corporate gig. He recommended me and get on very well. It looks like the main person that I’ll be working on with the design team (of three including me) is based out of India. So hello late-night conference calls. And the job is in Santa Clara, so the commute is REALLY appalling. Tomorrow I may try to Caltrain/VTA it. The Baby-Bullet trains weren’t up and running yet the last time I worked down here, the schedule looks pretty promising.


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